2008 Buick LaCrosse

large car / 4-door sedan

2008 Buick LaCrosse 4-door sedan
2006 Buick LaCrosse shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2005 Buick LaCrosse CX 4-door

The Buick LaCrosse was introduced in the 2005 model year as a replacement for the Buick Century and Regal. (A limited number of Buick Century models were produced for the 2005 model year.) The Pontiac Grand Prix was redesigned for the 2004 model year and was was discontinued after the 2008 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy’s head hit the roof and head restraint during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Side

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Buick LaCrosse CX 4-door with optional front and rear side curtain airbags

The Buick LaCrosse was introduced in the 2005 model year as a replacement for both the Buick Century and Regal. Beginning with 2008 models, side curtain airbags were made standard for retail and fleet buyers (they had been optional in all 2005 models and in 2006-07 models originally sold to fleets).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Seat type: Leather seats with adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Rating applies to 2005-09 models

Seat type: Cloth seats without adjustable lumbar

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry