The front-wheel-drive Lucerne entry-luxury full-size sedan comes with a V-6 in CX and CXL trims and a V-8 in the Super trim level. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon.
New for 2010
New options include 18-inch chrome wheels on the Super, new interior choices on the CXL and three new exterior colors. Bluetooth is also a new option.
Buick promotes the Lucerne's snug body gaps and tight wheel-to-wheel-well relationships. Built on a 115.6-inch wheelbase, the Lucerne measures 203.2 inches long overall, stands 58 inches tall and is 73.8 inches wide.
The Super trim includes special badges, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a specially appointed interior and a grille with bright slats.
- Waterfall-style grille
- Chrome portholes reminiscent of old Buicks
- Super models feature dual exhaust tailpipes and 18-inch wheels
- CX and CXL models wear 17-inch rims; chrome finish is optional
- Optional chrome finish on Super's 18-inch wheels
- Pearl Frost Tricoat, Light Bronze Metallic and Sand Beige Metallic are new colors
Seating for either five or six occupants is available on lower trims, but Super versions can only seat five. Second-row legroom is 41 inches. The trunk holds 17.0 cubic feet of cargo.
- Available eight-way heated driver and front-passenger seats, power lumbar, memory settings and a heated leather steering wheel
- Six-way power front seats standard
- Optional touch-screen navigation system and 280-watt nine-speaker audio system (Super)
Under the Hood
The Lucerne sports a 3.9-liter V-6 in the CX and CXL, with a 4.6-liter V-8 in the Super.
- 292-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 288 pounds-feet of torque (Super)
- 227-hp, 3.9-liter V-6 with 237 pounds-feet of torque (CX, CXL)
- V-6 is flex-fuel (E85) capable
- Both engines use four-speed automatic transmission
- Super models get a recalibrated suspension that Buick says provides better performance
Six airbags are standard in all Lucernes. Safety features include:
- Side-impact and side curtain airbags
- All-disc antilock brakes
- Optional park assist and electronic stability system