There is no doubt that the U.S. is known for producing some of the best automotive products in the world. Part of the credit for this reputation must be given to the Buick Motor Company, founded in 1913 by David Buick -- a Scottish immigrant who came to the U.S. when he was two years old. Buick had his professional beginnings in the plumbing trade, but quickly found himself fascinated by gasoline engines. It wasn’t long before he started manufacturing farm equipment and boat engines.
The fledgling Buick Motor Company had problems early on, and Buick sold to a group of wagon makers during its first year. The group was located in Flint, Michigan, where Buick still has its headquarters. The Buick name and logo can be found on a number of well-made cars, including the popular Buick Lucerne.About the Buick Lucerne
The Lucerne series was designed for drivers who need reliability, dependability, and high quality. The safety ratings of this car fit in with those needs: it scores well for front-end impact and acceptably for side impact.
This line of cars is also well known for being quiet. In other words, the driver and passengers hear very little engine noise or external sounds from the environment. Buick has managed to create a serene environment, thanks to everything from extra-thick carpeting to well-designed windshields and windows. Special windshield wiper blades are also installed to reduce noise.Modern Buick Lucernes
The 2012 Buick Lucerne, much like the 2011 version, is touted as a refreshing throwback to generations past. This car boasts all the comfort and drivability of the most popular lines of Buick’s mid- to full-size sedans.
Under the hood of the 2012 Buick Lucerne, drivers will find all of the power necessary to move such a large car around smoothly and comfortably. The standard model trims are offered with a V-6, while the other trim options boast a 4.6-liter V-8 for optimum power behind the wheel.
With the 2012 options, Buick didn’t skimp on safety features, either. Since the Lucerne is so popular with families and senior citizens, it makes sense that so many important safety features were added. Safety features include rear-parking assist, an all-wheel, anti-lock brake system, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Consumers will also appreciate the addition of top and side airbags and a new overhead-airbag system, as well.
The cabin of the Lucerne continues to offer one of the most comfortable riding experiences currently available. Consumers can expect a great deal of spacious room in the cabin, along with plush seating and carpeting.Buick Lucerne Evolution
It’s impossible to speak of the Buick Lucerne without mentioning the past models of this popular sedan. While Buick also offered the Park Avenue and the LaSabre lines, many feel the Lucerne beats both in overall appearance and performance. Used Lucernes from past years are available in several different trim-option packages, including the CX, CXL, and CXS.
The CX Lucerne is the basic model and equipped with a 197-hp V-6 engine to provide adequate power under the hood. This is a little low compared to some of the Lucerne’s competitors, and some demanding drivers may feel the need for more control and power. The CXL model also offers this engine type in the standard model; of course, it has more of the extras that many drivers want.
For the discriminating consumer, the Buick Lucerne CXL may be the best bet. This car features a 4.6-liter, Northstar V-8 engine with impressive 275 horsepower. In test drives, this engine has moved the enormous sedan from zero to 60 mph in a very reasonable 7.7 seconds.