The Buick Lucerne is a highly competent sedan with smooth, clean lines and driving manners to match. Underway, it's smooth and quiet, with precise steering and a chassis that handles winding roads with grace and security. Inside, it's elegant, comfortable and easy to operate. It's a very luxurious car, and at a price that represents a commendable value.
The Buick Lucerne is a full-size, premium sedan with front-wheel drive and a standard V6 engine. The Lucerne CX is a traditional Buick, with the Premium Ride Suspension maximized for cushioned comfort. The Lucerne CXL comes with a firmer (but certainly not at all harsh) Ride and Handling Suspension, and is positioned to compete with the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 350. We found it a very enjoyable car to drive, with agile handling and plenty of performance. The CXL Special Edition adds numerous trim and convenience features. The Super is the top of the Lucerne line and includes a V8 engine and Magnetic Ride Control, a sophisticated adaptive suspension with responsive handling.
Advanced safety systems are available on all models. Side Blind-Zone Alert uses radar to provide drivers with more information about vehicles in hard-to-see areas around the car. Lane Departure Warning uses a camera to warn drivers of inadvertent lane changes. StabiliTrak, which includes the function of traction control, and Brake Assist are offered as well.
For 2010, the changes are relatively minor. The Super receives a new optional 18-inch chrome wheel, the entire line-up gets the rocker panels and fog lamps from the Super model, Bluetooth is available on the base model, the instrument panel gauges are backlit, and there are some revised interior treatments and new exterior colors.
Buick has a long history of innovative engineering, handsomely conservative styling, and premium luxury at below-premium prices. The Lucerne follows these Buick traditions.