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2010 Buick Lucerne

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2010 Buick Lucerne Review

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With its huge cabin, lavish appointments and potent Super model (that's Buicks name for its high-performance car, not some glamorous crime-fighting superhero), the 2010 Buick Lucerne increases its potential to lure back the coveted import buyer, and more importantly, to attract a younger following. Although not quite an image breaker like the legendary Grand National, the Lucerne is nevertheless changing people's mind about the Buick brand. Gone from the company flagship is the stereotypical cushy ride, soft seats and numb steering, replaced by a Cadillac-derived chassis outfitted with two potent engine options and a sophisticated sense of style. Although classified as a "near-luxury" car, the Lucerne's combination of affordable pricing and rich content offers those considering a Lincoln, Acura or Volvo a legitimate alternative with some serious cost savings.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a current or former large Buick 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 2010 Buick 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 New for 2010

All 2010 Buick Lucerne models gain the rocker panels and fog lamps from the Super trim, while a new Special Edition CXL features the Super's Ebony or Cocoa/Shale interior. The Super offers new 18-inch chrome wheels, while Bluetooth is added to the base CX's option list.

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 Super 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 Super 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, the Lucerne's shocks continually adjust 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.

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.

2010 Buick Lucerne Details
Interior

The Lucerne's 203.2-inch overall length gives Buick engineers plenty of leeway in designing a roomy, spacious interior. Compared with the previous generation Park Avenue known to so many Buick loyalists, the Lucerne offers an inch more rear legroom as well as more supportive seating. This compares well to Chrysler's 300C and Ford's Taurus, 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

The 2010 Buick Lucerne has clearly set 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 a GM-patented dual-depth front passenger bag. Also standard are a power driver's and passenger seat, power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry, six-speaker AM/FM/CD with auxiliary input jack, XM Satellite Radio, 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

The mid-range CXL adds automatic climate control, eight way power and heated front seats with power lumbar support, heated leather steering wheel and 17-inch wheels. The Super boasts the Northstar V8, 18-inch wheels and tires, Magnetic Ride Control with StabiliTrak, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield wiper fluid, heated and cooled front seats and rear park assist. Beyond the trim-level equipment, stand alone options include heated/cooled eight-way adjustable power front seats, harman/kardon audio, a Driver Confidence Package with ultrasonic rear park assist and heated windshield washer fluid (standard on Super), six-passenger seating (with a 40/20/40 split front seat), power sunroof, touch-screen navigation and Side Blind Zone Alert and Land Departure Warning (available in conjunction with the Driver's Confidence package.

Under the Hood

GM's revised 3.9-liter overhead-valve V6 provides an acceptable balance between power and fuel economy, while its FlexFuel component allows the engine use E85, a blend of gasoline and ethanol. In a rare appearance outside of a Cadillac, the smooth and powerful 292-horsepower dual-overhead cam Northstar V8 offers substantially stronger performance at a one- to two-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.

3.9-liter V6
227 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
237 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (gasoline), 13/20 (E85)

4.6-liter V8 (Exclusive to Super)
292 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22

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2010 Buick Lucerne Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 382 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Comfortable and classy ride

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

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: "Comfortable car, very classy, leather is great."

Cons: "A couple of blind spots that I had to get used to."

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

"Extremely comfortable car seating and ride. Love On-Star. Huge trunk is very convenient. Very spacious interior. Metallic paint is very stunning. Has been perfectly reliable as has all my previous GM cars."

Good Vehicle for Freeway

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,117

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Smooth ride; nice lines; mid-sized comfy car"

Cons: "US mfgs. forcing us to buy new every 5 years"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I just had the transmission completely rebuilt by a super, local transmission shop. This is the second "rebuilt" tranny in this auto, by the way; the original (when my dad bought it); the second from Detroit at 66,000 miles (rebuilt by contract I'm sure!). It is a comfortable ride; dare I say luxurious? It is smooth on the road. Exterior has nice lines and interior is comfy for 5 passengers including driver. This new transmission has a 100,000 mile guarantee on it, too. The value rating reflects my disappointment in having to replace the transmission twice in 9 years (roughly 66-67,000 miles each time)."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best ride ever.

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive"

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

"This vehicle has been very dependable. To make it look better, I added custom rims. Really made vehicle stand out. As far as the vehicle's performance. Still perform like a new car. Pearl White color also makes vehicle stand out."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I love this car.

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is a BEAUTIFUL, COMFORTABLE, EASY TO DRIVE car. Two minor problems; Under front cover often hit on front curb when parking and eventually had to be repaired or replaced 4 times; Like several Buicks it did not feel comfortable at speed limit when going around long curves in mountains."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nice car and I will buy a newer model

By on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,554

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have been extremely happy with this car. Very comfortable, never any mechanical issues, runs great and is a good looking overal design of a car."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

very comfortable and reliable

By on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very quiet, comfortable ,nice to drive,good lookin"

Cons: "It is not the easiest car to get in and out of/"

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

"In the nine years of ownership this car has treated me right. The only thing replaced is the battery. It really saddened me when GM announced they would discontinue the Lucerne."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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