The 2009 Buick LaCrosse has largely carried over its style from the last year, it's last significant shift was in 2007. The Detroit News wasn't hugely impressed, writing that the LaCrosse is nondescript, even though there are some styling touches in the headlights and stretched oval grille. Edmunds said the LaCrosse soldiers on with staid design cues on an aged platform. Automedia liked the Jaguar-like sculpting over the headlights that flank the oval grille.
Super models with a V-8 under its hood continue Buick's tradition of hood portholes, which may or may not be a good idea. The waterfall grille, hood, and front fascia of the LaCrosse Super helps it stand out against other models, and ForbesAutos reported that subtle differences in the bumper and more chrome should help passersby recognize the more potent version of the LaCrosse.
The interior has received mixed reviews. Car and Driver wrote that the plastic wood trim looks classier, and that the center stack's matte silver finish borrows heavily from Chrylser's playbook. The Detroit News wasn't so impressed, nothing that the LaCrosse is comfortable, but also boring. Edmunds went the opposite direction, adding that the clean and elegant lines was tasteful with a splash of style. The long expanse of wood is only interrupted by a gauge, and chrome touches were appreciated. LaCrosse Super editions get new seats, along with wood-grain-appearance accents on the instrument panel, center console, door, and gear shift knob.