The 2006 Buick Lucerne bears little resemblance to its foregoers, aside from the familiar tri-shield badge and the reintroduction of portholes to the fenders. When a V6 is fitted under the hood, three chrome-trimmed holes are featured on each front fender; V8 models get four holes. But get past those bits of trim and the Lucerne looks like anything but a domestic sedan for geriatrics.
Move up the 2006 Buick Lucerne CXS, however, and standard Magnetic Ride Control ties things down for a more compliant and controlled ride, a point especially appreciated for those who like to take corners faster than the average Joe. Magnetic Ride Control, a technology also used on the redesigned Corvette and numerous Cadillac models, uses a special damper fluid and adjusts shock stiffness thousands of times per second, providing instantaneous response in hard corners and on uneven road surfaces.
Buick engineers employed what they called QuietTuning, an approach that encompassed everything from redesigning mirror housings to limit wind noise to filling hollow body panels with sound-deadening insulation. The engineers’ goal was to make the Lucerne one of the quietest sedans on the market, and after a quick test drive, we’d say they succeeded.
MSRP: $35,990 (includes a $725 destination charge)
Engine Size and Type: 4.6-liter V8
Engine Horsepower: 275 at 6,000 rpm (V8)
Engine Torque: 295 at 4,400 rpm (V8)
Transmission: Four-speed automatic
Curb Weight, lbs.: 4,013
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): 17/25 mpg
Observed Fuel Economy: 17.2 mpg
Length: 203.2 inches
Width: 73.8 inches
Wheelbase: 115.6 inches
Height: 58.0 inches
Legroom (front/rear): 42.5/41.4 inches
Headroom (front/rear): 39.5/37.7 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: 6
Max. Cargo Volume: 17 cu. ft.
Photos courtesy of General Motors