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.
Changes for 2009 are plentiful and include a new, 3.9-liter V6 engine on the CX and CXL trims. This engine is FlexFuel capable and provides an additional 30 horsepower and better fuel economy than last year's 3.8-liter V6. Both CX and CXL models receive a host of new standard features. CX trims gain cornering lamps, a six-way power passenger seat and heated side mirrors, while the CXL adds eight-way heated front seats with power lumbar support, a heated leather steering wheel and side mirror turn indicators.
The big news for 2008 is the rekindling of the Super name, which accompanies a more powerful version of the CXS trim's Northstar V8 engine, revised suspension tuning and unique interior design themes. New options include a Side Blind Zone Alert system that warns of vehicles in the driver's blind spot and a Lane Departure Warning system.
Although not quite an image breaker like the legendary Grand National, the Lucerne, along with its new stable mates the Regal and LaCrosse, 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.