2010 Buick Lucerne Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor
February 5, 2010

Comfortable and roomy with classic styling, the 2010 Buick Lucerne is still a valid choice as a premium sedan.

TheCarConnection.com's editors have taken the wheel of the Buick Lucerne to bring you their expert opinions on the 2010 model, and supplemented that with extensive research from the most useful road tests available to help deliver you a complete, conclusive picture on the 2010 Buick Lucerne.

As part of the "old" Buick-as differentiated from the new 2010 LaCrosse and 2011 Regal-the Lucerne retains conservative styling and a focus on comfort above all. Classic, if somewhat dated, lines and abundant chrome accents are characteristic of the 2010 Lucerne. Alloy wheels with optional polished upgrade versions, plus a wide range of exterior colors and interior upholstery materials, allow the buyer to style the Lucerne to suit their taste. The Lucerne Super gets some unique elements, including integrated exhaust tips, and "Super" badges on the rear decklid. A unique grille and front and rear bumper treatments finish the exterior differences. Inside, the Super builds on the 2010 Buick Lucerne's restrained yet premium interior design with real walnut accents, additional leather elements, French stitching on the dash, suede door panel inserts and seat trim, and upgraded floor mats.

For 2010, the Buick Lucerne retains its previous drivetrain options, with engine choice divided among the three available trim levels:; the CX, CXL, and CXL Premium get a standard 3.9-liter V-6 rated at 227 horsepower, and the Super gets a 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 rated at 292 horsepower. The V-6 is FlexFuel-capable, meaning it can run on either gasoline or hard-to-find E85. Both engines deliver lots of low-end torque, helping the big sedan accelerate from a stop with relative ease. Electronic throttle control logic helps improve engine response and fuel economy across the range.

The Super also adds magnetic ride control technology, which employs magneto-rheological shocks that automatically adjust to minimize body roll while delivering cushy ride. Large aluminum-alloy wheels and all-season tires boost traction and handling in most conditions, without compromising ride quality.

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As we've noted, the Lucerne focuses largely on comfort, so it's not surprising that the Lucerne features large seats and a quiet cabin. Ample storage space can be found in the cabin and trunk, while materials are generally good throughout, particularly in the Super. Fit and finish aren't quite up to European standards, but buyers interested in a classically- styled car likely won't mind. CXL, CXL Premium, and Super models feature standard leather upholstery, while the CX comes standard with cloth seating. Both the CX and CXL can also be configured with six-passenger seating via a front bench seat.

The 2010 Buick Lucerne features a wide range of protection, offering two-stage front-impact driver and front-impact passenger airbags with passenger sensing system, plus driver and right-front passenger side impact and front and rear outboard head curtain airbags standard on all models. ABuick cuts a few corners are cut, however:; though traction control is standard on all models, stability control isn't available at all on CX models and is an optional upgrade on the standard CXL. The CXL Premium and Super feature stability control as standard, however. Similarly, Buick's lane departure warning system and blind-spot obstacle detection are only equipped on the two upper-end models.

Despite the classic styling, there are many high-tech features and options available on the 2010 Buick Lucerne. While the CX and CXL feature a standard AM/FM/MP3 stereo system, an optional upgrade includes touch-screen navigation with a 280-watt, nine-speaker Harmoan Kardon audio system, or for those that don't need navigation, there's an intermediate six-disc CD changer stereo upgrade. XM Satellite Radio is standard across all models, and a real-time traffic feature is available on the CXL Premium and Super. A sunroof, a lane departure warning system, and side blind-spot detection are also available. The Lucerne Super also adds heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats.

Two available options packages up the features even further:. the Comfort & Convenience package adds dual-zone air conditioning, a Universal Home Remote, a trunk cargo convenience net, Bluetooth phone connectivity, 16-inch steel spare wheel and tire (for CX and CXL models), or a 17-inch compact aluminum spare wheel and tire for the Super; the Driver Confidence package adds a number of safety and convenience features, including an anti-theft alarm system, remote vehicle starter system, Rear Parking Assist, and GM's StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist.

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