2009 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2009 Buick LaCrosse CX

Since its introduction in 2005, the Buick LaCrosse has been getting better, and new for 2009, Bluetooth and standard heated mirrors keep it competitive.

Only the rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 fitted with the HEMI can come close to offering the V-8 acceleration kick the LaCrosse Super has.

However, this segment faces some very strong competition.

The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable offer a good ride, while feeling a bit abler in the handling department; the Ford siblings also beat the LaCrosse with class-leading safety ratings.

The Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera are both plush cruisers like the LaCrosse, and each has a very plush-feeling interior that buyers might like better, depending on personal preferences.

Then there's the Nissan Maxima, which is more of a sport sedan, with an interior that blows the competition away; however it's not nearly as smooth and quiet as the others.

2009 Buick LaCrosse CX2009 Buick Lacrosse
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2008 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan SEL FWD Open Doors2008 Ford Taurus
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2008 Nissan Maxima SL2008 Nissan Maxima
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2008 Toyota Avalon Limited2008 Toyota Avalon
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a nicely equipped American luxury sedan that comes in two very different flavors.
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE4-Door Sedan XL (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan CX4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODContinously VariableAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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