Having been the car maker's flagship, the 2011 Buick Lucerne
is a rather old-fashioned luxury sedan in its last model year. With either the 3.9-liter V-6 or 4.6-liter V-8 engine, the Lucerne still offers only a four-speed automatic transmission. The Super Lucerne, however, has a front-wheel-drive platform coupled to a transverse engine. The length of the Lucerne is 203.2-inches, and it has a wheelbase equaling 115.6-inches.
The Buick Lucerne is a spacious sedan with plenty of trunk space. The V-8 Super configuration features a front bench seat that can hold three passengers. Of special note are the leading edge safety features of the Lucerne: Side Blind Zone Alert with laser sensors scanning a 150-degree field of view, and Lane Departure Warning, which uses cameras to warn the driver of inadvertent lane changes. The Lucerne's EPA rating is 17 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.
New for 2011
In its last model year, the 2011 Buick Lucerne received two new radios for five-passenger trims: an AM/FM stereo with USB port, auxiliary input jack, CD player and MP3 playback, and a similar radio that is integrated into the optional navigation system. Neither radio is available with the optional front bench seat. StabiliTrak with full-function traction control now comes standard on all trims.
Engines: 3.9L V-6, 4.6L V-8
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: CX Sedan, CXL Sedan, CXL Premium Sedan, Super Sedan
On the Outside
With a longer, lower, wider look, the Buick Lucerne has the short dash-to-axle style of a front-wheel-drive car. The three ventiports per side indicates the V-6 engine, while four per side indicates the V-8 engine option.
From the Inside
The Buick Lucerne's six-passenger, front bench seat option is a hard-to-find feature. The Lucerne utilizes Buick's Quiet Tuning technology, while the Lucerne Super has a leather-wrapped upper instrument panel with French seam stitching.
Both Buick Lucerne engines are tied to a four-speed automatic transmission, while six-, seven-, and even eight-speed transmissions are the norm. The suspension is tuned to avoid feeling potholes, but then you can't take corners very fast.
Standard safety equipment on the Buick Lucerne includes a Side Blind Zone Alert with laser sensors scanning a 150-degree field of view, and Lane Departure Warning, which uses cameras to warn the driver of inadvertent lane changes.
CX, CXL, EXL: 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway
Super: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
- Safety Equipment
- Large back seat
- Old-fashioned design
- Out-of-date engineering
- Four-speed automatic transmission
- Too-soft ride
On its way to car heaven
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