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The Buick Lucerne is a four-door full-size luxury sedan that seats up to six passnegers. The Buick Lucerne was manufactured in Hamtramck, Mich. alongside the Cadillac DTS.The Buick Lucerne was a replacement for the LeSabre and Park Avenue. When compared to these historical vehicles, the Lucerne has a superior interior, a quieter ride, more options and more features than ever before. The Buick Lucerne came out in 2006 and is considered the flagship vehicle for Buick. For 2008, it was offered in CX, CXL (CXL V6 Special Edition and CXL V8 Special Edition), CXS and Super trims. The 2009 model offers CX1, CXL2 Special Edition, CXL3, CXL4, CXL5 and Super trims.

The interior offers loads of room, a luxurious front and back and the same Quiet Tuning aspects as the Buick LaCrosse. This means everything from the pad under the carpet to the double laminated windshield and even the design of the windshield wipers make this vehicle one of the quietest on the market. It’s also one of the smoothest to ride in with its soft suspension tuning.

Under the hood of the 2008 CX model is a 3.8 L V6 producing 197 horsepower. Buyers can upgrade to the 4.6 L Northstar V8 with 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque as an option on the CXL. It’s standard on the CXS trim. With the Super the same engine is tuned to offer 292 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque. Paired with both engines comes a four speed automatic transmission with overdrive. For 2009, the CX1 comes with a 3.9 L V6 flex fuel engine that produces 227 hp and comes paired to the same four speed automatic transmission. When running on gasoline, the vehicle achieves an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

The interior of the vehicle is roomy and clean with simple controls. It doesn’t have the same luxurious feel as others in its class but you are getting a solid vehicle with smooth performance and drivability.

Buick Lucerne Features and Options

Standard on the new Lucerne are 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, power driver seat, satellite radio and steering-wheel audio controls with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full front and side airbags, blind-spot alert system, heated seats, and MP3-player input jack. Other features include automatic climate control, interior air filter, solar ray tinted glass, Bluetooth connectivity, trip computer, driver power seat with six way adjust, front dual reclining bucket seats with driver adjustable seat height and adjustable head rests.

Although not as innovative nor as chock full of technological advanced features as many other vehicles of its class, the Buick Lucerne does offer a few surprises. One of these is the heated washer fluid to stop the windshield wipers from freezing to the glass in the winter.

Buick Lucerne Safety

Basic safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, stability control, traction control and antilock disc brakes. There is a blind-spot alert system available. This warns the driver when another vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot. Dual depth front airbags is another new and unusual feature that you wouldn’t expect to find on the Lucerne. These airbags have the capability of deploying in two sizes. This minimizes injury to smaller drivers and passengers. They have built in sensors that monitor the severity of the crash, the weight of the driver and front passenger, whether the seatbelt is engaged and how the seat is positioned to figure out the best inflation size of the airbag.

Safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, stability control, traction control and anti-lock disc brakes. The Buick Lucerne has a five star rating for driver and front passenger frontal crash tests. It received four stars in the side-impact crash tests for the front and rear occupants.