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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection and rollover resistance; four stars, side impact protection
Good," frontal-offset impacts; "acceptable," side impacts
lane-departure is not nearly as intrusive
The 2008 Buick Lucerne earns high marks for safety.
Most impressive about the Lucerne’s safety are the "good" and "acceptable" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which performs more rigorous crash tests than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), though the latter also awarded the Lucerne very good scores in its crash tests.
Cars.com reports "Six airbags are standard in all Buick Lucerne, including side-impact and side curtain airbags," along with "all-disc antilock brakes." The Buick Lucerne's "Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and an electronic stability system are optional," however.
AutoWeek comments that the Buick Lucerne's "lane-departure warning and blind-spot detection systems" are "mildly useful." This source also notes "unlike the lane-departure system offered by Infiniti, the one Buick uses is not nearly as intrusive."
The 2008 Buick Lucerne performs well in crash tests and provides all the right safety gear, though stability control is still an option.