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2007 Buick Lucerne

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2007 Buick Lucerne Review

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The Lucerne is Buick's flagship sedan. Replacing the long-running Park Avenue, the Lucerne shuns the soft ride and geriatric image once associated with Buicks and moves the division into a realm populated by such formidable names as Lexus, Acura and Lincoln. Sharing a common platform with the Cadillac DTS, the Lucerne is offered in three trim levels, each offering a different blend of ride comfort, performance and handling. The Lucerne's spacious cabin is awash in fine materials and displays an exemplary attention to detail—it's also the quietest Buick interior every produced. Buyers can opt for a fuel-efficient V6 or a potent 275-horspower Northstar V8, as well as GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension (CXS trim) to transform the Lucerne from stately boulevard coach to agile touring sedan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a current or former Buick large sedan lover, or have been away from roomy, comfy big American sedans for a while and would like a good reason to return, Lucerne is easily the best full-size Buick ever and one of the best full-size American cars of any brand.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's Significant About This Car?

New available features for 2007 include a heated leather and wood steering wheel, touch-screen DVD navigation and the OnStar Directions and Connections turn-by-turn navigation feature.

Driving the Lucerne

Driving Impressions We spent quality time on freeways, around town and on challenging two-lanes in both base V6 and top-line V8 CXS Lucernes and found much to like and little to criticize....

The standard car allows relatively spirited driving (more aggressive than its buyers will likely attempt) with adequate power, good control and solid braking. Only its ultra-light power steering disappointed us, yet it might please typical buyers.

The V8-powered CXS would be our choice for its full complement of features and outstanding ride and handling—although its magnetic power steering also struck us as a bit light and devoid of feel. Especially impressive were the unusually low noise levels inside both cabins, thanks to Buick's standard QuietTuning.

Magnetic Ride Control (with StabiliTrak and Brake Assist)
Using magnetically charged particles suspended in a synthetic fluid to adjust the fluid's viscosity continually to varying road surfaces and driving conditions, this remarkable feature responds far faster than conventional valve-damping systems to provide the rare combination of exceptional twisty-road handling and silky smooth highway ride. The added bonus of StabiliTrak offers potentially life-saving electronic stability control, and Brake Assist gives full braking power when it senses an emergency braking situation.

Remote Vehicle Start
GM's remote start lets you start the engine and warm or cool the cabin (while the car stays securely locked) well in advance of departing. Once you've tried it you won't want to live without it.

2007 Buick Lucerne Details
Interior

The Lucerne's 203.2-inch overall length falls midway between the previous Park Avenue and LeSabre. That gives interior room comparable to the Park Avenue's, with an inch more rear legroom than the shorter LeSabre's. This compares well to Chrysler's 300C and Ford's 500, and substantially out-spaces Toyota's Avalon and the much pricier Lexus GS. The highly refined interior fits are tight—materials and finishes are premium with excellent attention to detail—and Buick's "QuietTuning" substantially reduces most road, wind and powertrain noise.

Exterior
2007 Buick Lucerne photo

Unlike the demure LaCrosse, the Lucerne sets the styling theme for the next generation of Buick passenger cars. With a shapely new interpretation of the marque's signature waterfall grille between jewel-like projector-beam headlamps, its look is athletic, graceful and upscale American with a touch of Lexus. Twin under-the-bumper front air intakes sport a single horizontal chrome rib apiece, which are echoed by a slim bright accent along the decklid's lower edge. The sleek roofline holds a distinctively-shaped rear pillar. The wheels fill their wells for a muscular stance, and the portholes are set at a slight angle to accentuate the body's wedgy profile.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Lucerne's six standard airbags include side-impact thorax and roof-rail air-curtain bags, a dual-stage driver bag and (shared with Cadillac DTS) an industry-first, GM-patented dual-depth front passenger bag. Also standard are power rack-and-pinion steering, power driver's seat, windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry, six-speaker AM/FM/CD with auxiliary jack, four-spoke tilt steering wheel with speed and audio controls, PASS-key III theft deterrent system, 16-inch alloy wheels and tires with tire pressure monitoring, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), traction control, Buick's QuietTuning (which includes laminated steel and laminated windshield and side glass) and GM's OnStar convenience and security system.

Optional Equipment

Mid-range CXLs add automatic climate control, electrochromic inside mirror, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather-covered seats and steering wheel, power front passenger seat, uplevel audio with MP3 and 17-inch wheels. The top-level CXS boasts the Northstar V8 (optional on CXL), 18-inch wheels and tires, Magnetic Ride Control with Stabilitrak and nine-speaker harman/kardon premium sound with XM Satellite Radio and heated steering wheel. Beyond the trim-level equipment, options include heated/cooled eight-way adjustable power front seats with two-person memory presets, a Driver's Confidence package (including remote start, ultrasonic rear park assist and heated windshield washer fluid), six-passenger seating (with a 40/20/40 split front seat), power moonroof and touch-screen navigation.

Under the Hood

GM's reliable workhorse, the 3.8-liter overhead-valve 3800 V6, has been developed and refined through many years to provide a surprisingly pleasing balance of performance and economy. In a rare appearance outside of a Cadillac, the smooth and powerful 275-horsepower dual-overhead-cam Northstar V8—an option in the Lucerne CXL and standard in the CXS—offers substantially stronger performance at a two- to three-mile-per-gallon sacrifice in fuel economy. The standard four-speed automatic could use another ratio or two to better compete with the five- and six-speed automatics found in upper-level imports and some domestics.

3.8-liter V6
197 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
227 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 (automatic)

4.6-liter V8
275 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (automatic)

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2007 Buick Lucerne Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 363 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Great ride, plenty of room, very dependable

By on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and a great vacation cruiser."

Cons: "Turning radius not too good, and poor rear view visibility"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Owned this car for 7 years. The best riding car, no wind noise, quiet, very comfortable with plenty of leg room. 3.8L 3800 series engine has been tried and proven. Does not use oil, plenty of pep. Has more bells and whistles than I need."

Best and Nicest car I have ever owned.

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,005

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive. Comfortable,great stereo, very fast/"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car is a dream. The car rides like your living room couch. Has power to spare and pickup like you wouldn't believe.The car starts first time and every time. Has many many extras, like heated steering wheel among many other luxury items.By far the nicest and best equipped car I have ever owned. Still looks years younger than it actually is."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great used car for the money

By on Saturday, October 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything, love it!"

Cons: "They quit making them!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I put a ton of miles on an automobile. This will be my third one with over 200K and by far the best. Ride and handling are more than sufficient. The magnetic ride control works well in the corners and is smooth on the highways. The long trips are easy with the heated and cooled seats, moon roof and Karmon Hardon sound system available on the CXS. Have always like a V8 and the Northstar is respectable for power and gas mileage. I carry a lot of tools and supplies with me driving from state to state and there aren't too many automobiles with trunks big enough anymore to handle the load. SUV's are nice but the cargo is exposed and to often prying eyes can turn to itchy fingers, trunks just work best. Looking for another Lucerne CXS to take the place of my old faithful. Recommend to anyone wanting a reliable luxury sedan."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best carI have owned

By on Saturday, October 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent family car."

Cons: "No GPS or Bluetooth. Not available in 2006."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been a trouble free car. The standard items were state of the art with the exception of stability control. Comfortable on long trips and gas mileage OVERALL has been over 23 MPG and I keep a record of every purchase up to the 1/100 of a gallon and summarize by year. Only services were maintenance and tire replacement."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car. Better overall than previous Deville

By on Monday, September 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Comfort quiet performance"

Cons: "in twn gas mileage not outstanding. Highway OK 25"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Good sound proofing, quiet at all speeds. excellent radio with Harmon-Kardon. Good power with the v-6. Very minor maintenance. Usual 1 set tires, one repl bttery. I am a senior. Sorry they quit making these, a comfort car."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

LOVE LOVE LOVE this car

By on Monday, September 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car looks great, handles like a dream, rides like a cloud, and gets 29 mph on a highway trip. What more could you ask?"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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