Introduced for the 2006 model year, the Buick Lucerne shares its platform with the Cadillac DTS. This full-size sedan seats up to six and offers 17 cubic feet of trunk space.
The Lucerne debuted with a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine that generates 197 horsepower and 227 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful, 4.6-liter V8 engine is available, which generates 275 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission are standard on all models. Models with the V6 earn an EPA-estimated 17/26 mpg city/highway, while the V8-powered Lucerne gets 15/23 mpg.
In 2008 the Lucerne Super was introduced, which features a more powerful version of the 4.6-liter V8 that makes 292 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque.
For the 2009 model year, the base V6 was replaced by a new 3.9-liter V6 engine that produces 227 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. Despite the increase in power, fuel economy remained consistent at 17/26 mpg city/highway.
All Buick Lucerne models come with standard features that include power windows and locks, keyless entry and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Depending on the model year, available features can include automatic headlights, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Driver assistance features like rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring are also available on some Lucerne models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2011 Buick Lucerne an overall rating of four out of five stars. The Lucerne earned five stars in rollover and front crash tests, but received a lower two-star rating for its performance in side impact tests.
The 2011 Lucerne received a top score of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its performance in moderate overlap front crash tests. The Lucerne earned the second-highest score of Acceptable in side crash tests, and a lower Marginal score in testing for the head restraints and seats.
The Lucerne replaced the Buick LeSabre as the automaker's full-size sedan and was succeeded by the Buick LaCrosse. If you're in the market for a Buick Lucerne, you may also want to consider large cars like the Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Genesis.