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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Super’s "chrome grille...looks like a beak to us
Buick's largest car shares its basic design with the Cadillac DTS
Chrome portholes are reminiscent of those on historic Buicks
The 2008 Buick Lucerne sports careful, familiar lines that look a little more clever on Super versions.
ConsumerGuide points out that the Buick Lucerne "shares its basic design with the Cadillac DTS," though the two cars have much different sheetmetal; the Cadilllac’s is more straight-edged, while the Lucerne’s lines are softer and more subtle. Cars.com describes the styling cues in more detail: "a waterfall-style grille that uses thin vertical vanes and includes a chrome Buick tri-shield emblem.” They also note “Chrome portholes--machined and set high in each front fender--are reminiscent of those on historic Buicks...models with V-6 power have three portholes on each side, while V-8 sedans get four portholes per side — a differentiating feature that reaches as far back as 1949." The V-8 version, dubbed the “Super,” gets a differently shaped grille that doesn’t impress Autoblog; it "comes to a point pretty far down the Lucerne's face. It looks like a beak to us, which takes away from the Lucerne's otherwise classy styling." Car and Driver is unimpressed, too: “Apart from the reinterpreted portholes, the wedgy shape seems familiar and tired, a repeat of a '90s Camry; only the big-eye look in front saves it from being a complete cliché.”
Edmunds says “the Lucerne's cabin is handsome and cleanly styled, and boasts simple, friendly controls.” Automobile describes the 2008 Buick Lucerne's interior as having "quiet taste and subtle style." Car and Driver says it’s “fresh and appealingly minimal” and “very luxurious, especially in Super form, which features niceties such as a leather-finished dashboard and a heated wood steering wheel.” Autoblog likes the Super version’s "interior wraps occupants in luxury including a leather-wrapped upper instrument panel with French-seam stitching, unique finish on the instrument panel center stack, leather seats with perforated suede fabric inserts for the outboard seating positions, and suede door trim inserts." The reviewer at the Washington Post declares that inside the Super, "taste and beauty also reign in a work of supple leather, suede and mahogany wood inserts."
The 2008 Buick Lucerne's portholes and grille don’t relieve its blahs, but it's pleasant enough inside.