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Buick LaCrosse Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Buick LaCrosse

  • The 2007 Buick LaCrosse may be quiet and powerful (in CXS guise), but it needs sharper reflexes, more interior room and a better features list to keep up with other premium family sedans.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Smooth and quiet ride, powerful 3.6-liter engine in CXS model, available six-passenger seating.

  • Cons

    Unimpressive handling, noisy base V6, some low-grade interior materials, unsupportive seats, tight rear legroom, stability control limited to CXS model.

  • What's New for 2007

    For 2007, Buick gives the LaCrosse a few more standard features. An upgraded OnStar system (with turn-by-turn directions) becomes standard on all trims, while XM satellite radio now comes on the CXS. A couple of new wheel designs and new upholstery fabric round out the changes. GM has also extended the powertrain warranty on all of its models to five years/100,000 miles.

Full 2007 Buick LaCrosse Review

What's New for 2007

For 2007, Buick gives the LaCrosse a few more standard features. An upgraded OnStar system (with turn-by-turn directions) becomes standard on all trims, while XM satellite radio now comes on the CXS. A couple of new wheel designs and new upholstery fabric round out the changes. GM has also extended the powertrain warranty on all of its models to five years/100,000 miles.

Introduction

The 2007 Buick LaCrosse finds itself in one of the most competitive segments in the industry; that of the $25,000-$30,000 upscale family sedan. The last few years have also produced a bumper crop in this class, with strong entries such as the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Azera, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon/Camry and Volkswagen Passat packing plenty of features and performance.

The LaCrosse has an oval design theme, as seen in its grille and greenhouse. Under the skin, the LaCrosse utilizes Buick's "Quiet Tuning," which means that liberal amounts of sound insulation and acoustical glass are fitted. Inside, generous amounts of wood-grain paneling and tasteful chrome accents dress up the cabin and make for a strong first impression. The interior's fit and finish is generally acceptable, but there are still a few examples of cheaper plastic trim to be found.

Replacing the previous Regal and Century a couple of years ago, the LaCrosse is meant to strike an agreeable balance between a supple ride and confident handling. In essence, Buick hopes to please both its traditional customers as well as consumers who might otherwise have not considered one of its cars. All but the top trim level (the CXS) employ the proven 3.8-liter 200-horsepower V6, while the CXS gets a more modern DOHC 3.6-liter V6 good for 240 hp.

Overall, the 2007 Buick LaCrosse is a pretty decent car. It's fairly quick with the top-line V6, and it delivers a smooth, quiet ride. But there's very little else that makes the car desirable alongside the top vehicles available in this price range. Handling is sloppy, seat comfort is below average and the equipment list is unimpressive. With that in mind, we encourage shoppers to take at look at the other available sedans in this class before settling on this midsize Buick.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Buick LaCrosse is a midsize family sedan. Three trim levels are offered: CX, CXL and CXS. The CX comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a power driver seat, air-conditioning, a six-speaker CD stereo, cruise control and full power accessories. The LaCrosse CXL adds alloy wheels, leather upholstery, automatic climate control and a split/folding rear seat. The top-of-the-line CXS provides a more powerful V6, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, XM satellite radio and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Many of the features on the CXS can be had on lower trims. Other significant options include a remote engine-start feature, rear parking assist and upgraded audio systems that include MP3 compatibility and a six-disc CD changer. High-end features like a navigation system and Bluetooth are not available.

Powertrains and Performance

The CX and CXL models are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 200 hp. Exclusive to the CXS model is a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 that features variable valve timing; it produces 240 hp. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The CXS is respectably quick, as it runs the 0-to-60-mph drill in 7.6 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 15.8 seconds. Fuel mileage ratings are impressive: The 3.8 is rated at 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, while the higher-performance 3.6 is rated at 19 city, 27 highway.

Safety

Full-length, head-protecting side curtain side airbags are standard, as are OnStar, traction control, a tire-pressure monitor and antilock disc brakes. Stability control is optional on the CXS only. Torso-protecting front-seat side airbags are not available. In NHTSA crash tests, the 2007 Buick LaCrosse earned a five-star rating (out of a possible five) for its protection of the driver and front passenger in frontal impacts. In NHTSA side impact tests, all LaCrosses scored four stars for the rear seat. LaCrosses made after Feb. 5, 2007 scored three stars in front, but those made before that time earned only one star. However, a service bulletin was issued for the earlier models that will bring their crash performance up to the level of the later production cars. In IIHS testing, the LaCrosse scored a "Good" (the highest possible score) in frontal-offset tests. That agency's side-impact testing, however, resulted in a "Marginal" rating (the second lowest of four).

Interior Design and Special Features

The LaCrosse is offered in both five- and six-passenger seating configurations. The broad, flat seats are easy to slide into, but lack support for longer adults. Rear-seat legroom is tight for adults. The dash design is simple and elegant, with one long expanse of faux wood and a clear set of gauges right in front of the driver. Tasteful chrome accents along the dash and around the gear selector add a dash of style. Although most cabin materials are of solid quality, the lower door trim and console plastics look and feel cheap. Climate and audio controls are for the most part user-friendly, once one remembers the functions of the stereo's array of similar buttons. There is plenty of storage in the cabin and the trunk measures a spacious 16 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

On the highway, the Buick LaCrosse rides smoothly and soaks up the bumps without drama -- the mark of any decent midsize family sedan. But there's little excitement when you come upon a winding stretch of road. Even on the supposedly sporting CXS model, the body rolls excessively and the steering feels numb. Although somewhat noisy, the base V6 in CX and CXL models offers decent power and good fuel economy. Still, we feel the CXS is a better choice overall, as its overhead-cam V6 provides a broader, more refined power delivery.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Not bad

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Vehicle: 2007 Buick LaCrosse CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I have to say I like this car. Despite it needing some work since I've owned it, anything I've had done is to be expected with owning any car. I like the design of the newer models, so if this one continues to be a good car for me, I may trade it in for a new Lacrosse when the time comes.



31 of 31 people found this review helpful

Headlights turn off then on

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Vehicle: 2007 Buick LaCrosse CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I have a 2007 Buick Lacrosse, bought a few months old, with 6,000 miles on it. No problems except replaced the cabin air filter, & battery. It now has 23,000 miles on it. Then a month ago, the headlights started going off, then back on about 10 minutes later. How many have had that problem? I was told it was the BCM, a few hundred dollars. Any other ideas that have worked? This is scary!!!!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love it!!!!

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Vehicle: 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXL 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Love this LaCrosse. Have had to barely spend any money on it. Very reliable, comfortable, and it still looks really good---can't tell it's a 2007!!!



2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Stuck in the middle

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Vehicle: 2007 Buick LaCrosse CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I neither love or hate this car. Exterior looks great with chrome package, except rear end is too bland. Interior is typical with fake wood from Buick. More road noise than I expected. Handles well with a firm ride, not plush, you feel the road. This is not an old mans car. The 3800 series 3 is an outstanding motor despite its unrefined feel. Most of the reviews are, as usual, from newbies and problem cars. For those of you with steering/pulling issues please consider replacing the intermediate shaft. There some bad tires out there but tires are frequently a symptom of another problem. Note the difference in alignment with a loaded vehicle if there is a persistent alignment issue.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Shaking won't stop

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Vehicle: 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXS 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 4A)

This car has been to three dealerships with the same vibration issue, replaced axles, hubs, tires and still shakes, steering pulls to the right. Driver side door leaks in rain. Dealers are as frustrated with GM as I am and no relief in site. GM is not authorizing the proper repairs. I think they know what the problem is and are just dragging their feet trying to wear me down. I traded a 1995 Avalon XLS with 263,000 miles and no real problems on this piece of junk. Shame on GM for treating its customers so poorly. They deserve to go bankrupt without any bail out. Never again will I go with an American made piece of junk like this car.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Michelle is ahead of service

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Vehicle: 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXL 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Overall the car has had a lot of problems. The transmission had to be replaced at 28,000. Clear coat came off the doors, and had to be re-painted. The weather seal around the front doors leaked in a rain storm or in the car wash. Car went back to the shop last night for idling rough and probably the CV shafts are going to need to be replaced. I'm not happy with this car at all--One problem after another for the last 30,000 miles.



Talk About The 2007 LaCrosse

2007 Buick LaCrosse Discussions See all Started By

jack1964
jack1964
07-07-2014
I have a 2007 Buick Lacrosse.3.8, during normal driving the trans will be working fine, but out of the blue .If I stop at a stop light or stop sign.And then take off and it will shift hard for no reas...


markfnc
markfnc
05-23-2007
I just got a 2007 LaCrosse CX for a company car. Silver with a sunroof. It drives nice, smooth & quiet. cloth seats....


carl33
carl33
08-22-2007
I have a 2007 Buick LaCrosse....



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