The Buick Lucerne is an attractive car, with clean lines suggestive of a fine European import while maintaining Buick traditions. Inside, the Lucerne is elegant, comfortable and easy. Underway, it’s smooth and quiet, but with precise steering and a chassis that handles winding roads with aplomb. We find the Lucerne to be a plush, highly competent full-size sedan at a compelling price. It’s Buick’s flagship sedan and we recommend it.
The Buick Lucerne is a full-size, front-wheel-drive, four-door luxury sedan, and it comes in several models. The Lucerne CX is tuned as a traditional Buick, with the Premium Ride Suspension. The Lucerne CXL comes with a firmer Ride and Handling Suspension, and is positioned to compete with the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 350. It’s a very enjoyable car to drive, with agile handling and plenty of performance. The CXL Special Edition is even quicker with its optional V8.
Lucerne CX is motivated by a 197-horsepower 3.8-liter V6. Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery; air conditioning; seats for five people with a power driver’s seat; power windows; power door locks; leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel; AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with six speakers and steering wheel audio controls; XM Satellite Radio; cruise control; electrochromic rearview mirror; remote keyless entry; and 16-inch aluminum wheels. A Comfort and Convenience package adds heated outside mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a universal remote, a trunk cargo net, and a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat.
Lucerne CXL upgrades with leather seats, all items from the Comfort and Convenience package, and 17-inch bright aluminum wheels. The suspension is tuned a little tighter and includes Airlift rear shocks for automatic level control.
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