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2009 Buick Lucerne vs. Its Competition

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The Mercury Sable is a sibling to the Ford Taurus, though with a slightly dressed-up interior appearance, and we recommend it be kept on the list as Lincoln Mercury dealerships—like Buick dealerships—boast better customer service.

There’s also a lot to like about the Sable, including top safety ratings, a good ride, and surprisingly well-planted handling; all-wheel drive is available on the Sable, and its V-6 engine is matched by a more sophisticated six-speed automatic transmission.

Both the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera are strong competitors to the big Buick, too, with sedate but stylish interiors and nice, well-controlled ride quality.

but only the the Lucerne offers V-8 power.

For those who need to have a V-8, the rear- or all-wheel drive Chrysler 300C might be a possibility.

It’s not as spacious inside and has a choppier ride, but won’t instantly identify you as a card-carrying AARP member the way that the Lucerne or most of these other sedans might.

2009 Buick Lucerne Super2009 Buick Lucerne2008 Hyundai Azera GLS2008 Hyundai Azera2008 Lexus ES 350 4-door Sedan Open Doors2008 Lexus ES 3502008 Mercury Sable 2008 Mercury Sable2008 Toyota Avalon Limited2008 Toyota Avalon
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A soft ride and roomy interior still form the solid base for the 2009 Buick Lucerne’s appeal.
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The 2008 Hyundai Azera gives the Korean automaker a legitimate full-size sedan, with plenty of power, features, and room, but not much excitement.
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The 2008 Lexus ES 350 is a plush, soft-handling car that would make Buick proud--if Buick still built cars like this.
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The 2008 Mercury Sable has great interior room and trunk space, comprehensive safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
MSRP From    
$29,265Browse Used Listings$24,600Browse Used Listings$34,120Browse Used Listings$23,935Browse Used Listings$27,325Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6 FlexFuelGas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan GLS4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan XL (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Dr Sedan CX4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
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