The Buick LaCrosse was a welcomed replacement for the outdated Century and Regal sedans, but it still fell far below class leaders. It has a comfortable and quiet ride, as well as responsive handling. There's good attention to detail in the front cabin, but the rear seat is very tight. The 3.8-liter V6 in our tested CXL version was coarse and fuel economy was unimpressive.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say


Ronald L., CT (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Has good acceleration and a very quiet ride"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"The 2006 Buick Lacrosse (although 10 years old and after 145k miles) still handles extremely well in all driving conditions (wet, snow). Although acceleration and gas mileage have gradually reduced over time from original levels, this car remains very safe (and agile)."

DAVID M., MO (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"The handling is not good. Poor suspension and poor braking."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"It just feels good when driving. You feel very under control."

Janis C., MN (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Good acceleration. Fair handling."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"It accelerates and handles well with the 3.8 liter engine but the best feature by far is the 30 MPG we get on the highway. For this size car that is simply amazing. We want to get a newer car but can't find the same good MPG in this size car."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Husband likes the power when need to step on it in traffic. Handles responsively."

Joyce D., MA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"I is easy to drive"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"This car is very quick and sure footed."

Charles W., IL (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"very comfortable car to drive"

Anonymous, DE (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Smooth, comfortable drive and handles easily in traffic."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Remains comfortable after 11 years, though certain interior things are starting to crack."

Anonymous, LA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)


Anonymous, WI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Very comfortable with a smooth ride"

Wendy E., FL (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Seats are comfortable, the driving position is very good, and legroom is ample. It has a quiet, smooth ride."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"The six disc CD changer is great. I understand that is no longer available."

GARY C., SD (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"seats are not comfortable"

SUE H., VA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"is comfortable on long trips, doors close like doors should. is quiet"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"The front seats hit my low back in an uncomfortable way. Some cars allow you to adjust the lower back, which I like, which this car does not. This car adjusts the angle of the back and the forward/back of the front seats. I find the dashboard complex so hard to figure out when I'm stopped, but even harder if I'm driving and need to adjust heat, fan, trip odometer, gas use etc. Headroom is good for those that wear hats with crowns while driving. Only one key entry on the whole car is chal"

JOYCE D., MA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"low noise in passenger compartment"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Excellent even at 12 years old"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Seats are comfortable and easily adjusted for the size of the person."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"It's a little bit small for a big guy. Cramped to get in and out of the vehicle. Velour type of material used for upholstery does not allow much sliding around to get well positioned."

Rex B., IL (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"I'm a large guy and getting into and out of the front seats is quite difficult due to doors not being large enough and car setting low to the ground. The wind noise level has gotten bad enough over the years that talking and listening to the radio is difficult."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"This car is a highway cruiser. Very comfortable for extended trips of mostly highway driving. The ride is well above average. The seat are well padded but lack in lateral support. Road noise good with right tires."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Headrests hard to adjust & hit my head & neck wrong when seat back. Noise is quiet. Needs a better place to put my purse. Like seat heaters in winter or if lower back huts."

Joyce D., MA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"It's a very comfortable, quiet ride. Great for highway driving."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Very uncomfortable seats. The ride is stiff and bumpy"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say


Anonymous, NJ (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"I believe the vehicle features and ride rival that of a luxury car at a more reasonable price."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"great car for the price. bullet proof engine."

JEFF S., MI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)


Anonymous, ON (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"I thought I was buying the top of the line model of the Lacrosse when I got this CXL, but it did not come with many options. It has abs brakes, climate control a/c, cd player w/radio, 6 way power drivers seat, power mirrors, and airbags. Nothing else. I was expecting to get more options for the money. The body has very thin metal and lots of plastic. I would not buy this car again."

PATRICK B., PA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"Interior quality is less than I expected for a Buick."

Anonymous, GA (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

"I paid $13,000 for this car in 2008 when ir had 29,000 miles on it. It hasn't had a major problem of any kind. I'd do it all over again, for certain."

ROBERTA P., MI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The styling is sleek and appealing to me."

ROBERTA P., MI (2006 Buick LaCrosse)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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