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2011 Buick Lucerne

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$5,474 — $14,954 USED
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Sedan
5-6 Seats
19-22 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Highway poise
  • Automatic transmission behavior (V-8)
  • Forward visibility
  • Trunk space

The Bad

  • Northstar V-8's low-rpm torque (Super trim)
  • Wide turning circle
  • No fold-flat backseat
  • Forgettable face
  • Rear visibility
2011 Buick Lucerne exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Buick Lucerne
  • 227-hp, 3.9-liter V-6
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Available blind spot and lane departure warning systems
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats
  • Optional remote starter

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview
The front-wheel-drive Lucerne entry-luxury full-size sedan comes with a V-6 in CX, CXL and EXL trims and a V-8 in the Super trim level. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon.

New for 2011
Buick adds a standard electronic stability system to the Lucerne.

Exterior
Buick promotes the Lucerne's snug body gaps and tight wheel-to-wheel-well relationships. It has many traditional Buick styling pieces, including a waterfall grille and portholes on the flanks. The Super trim includes special badges, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a specially appointed interior and a grille with bright slats. Exterior features include:
  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Super models feature dual exhaust tailpipes and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional chrome finish on Super's 18-inch wheels
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional parking assist
  • Optional lane departure warning system


Interior
Seating for either five or six occupants is available on lower trims, but Super versions can only seat five. Interior features include:
  • Available eight-way heated front seats, power lumbar, memory settings and a heated leather steering wheel
  • Six-way power front seats standard
  • Optional navigation system and 280-watt nine-speaker audio system


Under the Hood
The Lucerne offers a choice of a V-6 or V-8 engine. Features and specifications include:
  • 292-horsepower, 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, EXL)
  • V-6 is flex-fuel (E85) capable
  • Both engines use four-...
Vehicle Overview
The front-wheel-drive Lucerne entry-luxury full-size sedan comes with a V-6 in CX, CXL and EXL trims and a V-8 in the Super trim level. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon.

New for 2011
Buick adds a standard electronic stability system to the Lucerne.

Exterior
Buick promotes the Lucerne's snug body gaps and tight wheel-to-wheel-well relationships. It has many traditional Buick styling pieces, including a waterfall grille and portholes on the flanks. The Super trim includes special badges, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a specially appointed interior and a grille with bright slats. Exterior features include:
  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Super models feature dual exhaust tailpipes and 18-inch wheels
  • Optional chrome finish on Super's 18-inch wheels
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional parking assist
  • Optional lane departure warning system


Interior
Seating for either five or six occupants is available on lower trims, but Super versions can only seat five. Interior features include:
  • Available eight-way heated front seats, power lumbar, memory settings and a heated leather steering wheel
  • Six-way power front seats standard
  • Optional navigation system and 280-watt nine-speaker audio system


Under the Hood
The Lucerne offers a choice of a V-6 or V-8 engine. Features and specifications include:
  • 292-horsepower, 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, EXL)
  • 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


Safety
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


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(2.0)

Worst of the 5 Buicks I've owned

by bob hh from Ceveland, oh on December 12, 2018

6 engine oil leaks, broken motor mount, loose body side molding, poor accelerator response, poor air conditioner, unsafe too slow windshield wipers, ignition key problem, reprogram engine computer, ... Read full review

(3.0)

There’s Park Ave and not exactly

by Bisonwings from Wichita, Kansas on July 21, 2018

Buick made the Lucerne to replace the Park Ave/Ultra. I don’t know for sure but I suspect the reason they are no longer in production is because they fall so far short of that goal it’s not even funny... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Buick Lucerne currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Buick Lucerne has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Buick

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Lucerne received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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