|Predecessors|| Buick LeSabre|
Buick Park Avenue
|Class||Large Luxury Car|
|Body Style||4 Door Sedan|
|Engine|| 3.8L 3800 V6|
4.6L NorthStar V8
|Power|| 197HP 227LBS Torque|
275HP 295LBS Torque
|Similar|| Mercury Sable|
Mercury Grand Marquis
The Buick Lucerne is a full-size automobile sold by the Buick division of General Motors that replaces the Park Avenue and the LeSabre in 2006. Although the rear-wheel drive GM Zeta platform was considered, the production Lucerne introduced at the Chicago Auto Show on February 9, 2005, is a front-wheel drive derivative of the G-body Buick LeSabre. Initial sales of the Lucerne have been strong, with the car claiming 24% of the full-size sedan market in the United States.
See Autopedia's comprehensive Buick Lucerne Review.
The Lucerne was brand new for the 2006 model year, and little has been changed for 2007. Gold Mist Metallic and Light Quartz Metallic were added to the lineup of exterior colors, and interior options have been upgraded to include items such as a new navigation package and new colors.
Styles and Major OptionsEdit
The 2007 Lucerne is available in three trims: the CX, CXL, and CXS. They share two engines among them, with the CXL being the only trim to offer a choice between the two, and all are equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive. Other features include:
- 3.8L 197hp V6 engine
- 16" machined alloy wheels
- 8-way (6-way power) driver's seat
- Cloth seating and door trim
- Manual front air-conditioning
- 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
- Cruise Control
- Power windows, locks, mirrors
Adds to or replaces CX features with:
- 4.6L 275hp V8 engine
- Available 3.8L 197hp V6 engine
- 17" painted alloy wheels
- 8-way (6-way power) front bucket seats
- Leather seating and leatherette door trim
- Leather shift knob and steering wheel
- Dual zone automatic climate control
- HomeLink Wireless Control System
- Rainsense rain detecting wipers
Adds to or replaces CXL features with:
- 4.6L 275hp V8 engine
- StabiliTrak electronic stability control
- Adaptive sport suspension
- 18" painted alloy wheels
- 8-way power heated front bucket seats
- 9-speaker harman/kardon AM/FM/XM/CD audio system
As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
Consumer Reports states that "reliability has been above average for the V6 and average for the V8."
- RECALL ALERT: On August 29, 2008, GM issued a GM-wide recall affecting 857,735 vehicles built between 2006-2008 and equipped with heated windshield washer fluid option including the Buick Lucerne. The system was liable to short out causing cessation of function, smoke, possible fire and malfunctioning of other electronic systems in the car. GM urges owners of affected vehicles to go to their nearest local dealer so the problem can be remedied.
- RECALL ALERT: On November 12, 2010, GM issued a recall affecting 2010 and 2011 model year Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS models (13,780 vehicles total), all equipped with V8 engines, due to defective starter or alternator cable that can wear through the power steering lines causing a power steering fluid leak. This can not only result in the loss of power steering, but the liquid could drip onto hot engine parts, resulting in a fire. GM urges owners to bring their cars their local General Motors dealers to have the problem fixed free of charge. Technicians will either secure or reroute the power steering return lines in order to prevent contact with these cables. 
The 2007 Lucerne performed well in safety tests carried out by the NHTSA. For side-impact crash tests, the Lucerne received 4-Star ratings, and for all front-impact and rollover tests, it received the highest 5-Star rating. Some of the standard safety equipment found on all models of the Lucerne includes:
- ABS and driveline traction control
- Front and rear anti-roll bars
- Four wheel anti-lock brakes
- Driver/passenger front- and side-impact airbags
- 1st/2nd row overhead airbags
- Occupancy sensors
- Side impact bars
Colors for the 2007 Lucerne will vary by trim, and a complete list is viewable at CarsDirect.com. Some of the available combinations include:
- Black Onyx
- Crimson Pearl Tintcoat
- Gold Mist Metallic
- Ming Blue Metallic
- Platinum Metallic
- White Opal
According to Kelley Blue Book, "In terms of resale value, the Lucerne is projected to fare about as well as its domestic competitors, but do considerably worse than its more expensive import-brand competitors."
- "Though standard features are plenty, common near luxury items like full one-touch windows, a split fold-down rear seat and either a telescoping steering wheel or power-adjustable pedals aren't available." - Edmunds.com
- "I'm disappointed that you can't get adjustable pedals or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system." - Cars.com
- "Buick styled the Lucerne to have a clean and attractive look. It's nothing too exciting?" - Edmunds.com
- "If you can't get comfortable with the idea of picking a domestic brand versus a higher-image import, you may not care for the new Lucerne. This cleanly-crafted four-door looks good enough to earn more youthful (read fiftyish) buyers than the previous Park Avenue, but it's still no kids' cool cruiser." - Kelley Blue Book
- "...fuel economy is not much better than mediocre." - Cars.com
Current Generation: (2006–present)Edit
Like the similar 2005 Pontiac Bonneville, the Lucerne uses a Cadillac Northstar V8 engine in addition to the standard Buick 3800 V6. The Lucerne also became the first V8-powered Buick car since the demise of the Roadmaster in 1996. The Lucerne is also available with the Corvette's Magnetic Ride Control, an active suspension technology.
The Lucerne's base price is lower than that of the LeSabre, its predecessor, though the V8 option causes the price to reach Park Avenue levels. Thus, the V6 options are considered LeSabre replacements, while the V8 option is meant to replace the Park Avenue.
In keeping with Buick tradition, the Lucerne features "Ventiports" on the front fenders corresponding to the number of cylinders in the engine — three on each side for the V6 or four on each side for the V8 Northstar.
Some similarities exist between the Lucerne and GM's last representative in the near-luxury segment, the Oldsmobile Aurora: In 2001, the Aurora was upsized, and replaced both the Eighty Eight and Ninety Eight/Regency as the flagship Oldsmobile. It was also available with 3.5 L V6 and 4.0 L V8 engines. However, unlike the Lucerne, the Aurora could only be had with five-passenger seating. The Lucerne can be ordered in either five or six-passenger configurations.
Design quirks and odditiesEdit
In the December 2005 conclusion of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, winner Dawna Stone was admitted into Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to work with the company's Body + Soul magazine. At the celebration, Stewart refused to give Stone champagne, instead giving her the keys to a Buick Lucerne for hers to keep. Promotion of the vehicle had been a task for teams earlier in the competition.
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