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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 378 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

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."

2 people out of 4 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."

6 people out of 8 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."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great luxury ride

By on Saturday, January 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,397

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Luxurious, soft supple ride and strong V6"

Cons: "Exhaust may sound too sporty at low speed for some"

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

"Bought this V6 Buick Lucerne CXL with about 50,000 miles as a used car and really enjoy the car. It is very quiet inside at speed (although the car's initial acceleration can be heard up to second gear, giving off a throaty, sporty like feel), very comfortable dual power front leather seats and an V6 engine that has enough torque and power to accelerate and pass most cars with relative ease. Not as powerful as a Chrysler 300 V6, or a Cadillac V6, the car is still very responsive and elegant.Has many features such as heated and cooled leather seats, other premium leather appointments, 6 disc CD changer, Stability control/traction control,ABS,air bags throughout cabin, cruise, tilt wheel, dual climate zone that make this a car you want to drive everywhere! Still in SUPERB rust free shape."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

I have enjoyed driving & owning this car.

By on Thursday, December 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "Wish it had a multi-cd player in front."

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

"This car is lovely. It has been a "war horse" for the last 6 years. I will not be trading it in or selling it any time soon unless it develops major engine problems."

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

My baby - runs great - time for a new one

By on Sunday, November 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, smooth ride, non-smoker, dual AC, power"

Cons: "High mileage"

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

"I am the original owner. Loved this car and disappointed Buick eliminated from their line. My ratings are all 9/10 only not to overrate. I will pay to have the car detailed for the new owner (cleaned and prettied up)."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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