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2010 Buick Lucerne CX

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  • Stock#:
    9148
  • VIN#:
    1G4HA5E17AU129616
  • Engine:
    3.9L V6 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    White Opal
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    17
  • Highway MPG:
    26
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2010 buick lucerne

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
3.7
9 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (33%)
4 Star - (33%)
3 Star - (22%)
2 Star - (1%)
1 Star - (11%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.1
COMFORT
3.9
INTERIOR
3.3
RELIABILITY
4.2
VALUE

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

While the 2010 Buick Lucerne looks good and offers the cushy ride quality of a traditional American full-size luxury sedan, many of its competitors offer better performance, amenities and safety features.

What's New

The 2010 Buick Lucerne gets mostly cosmetic changes, including new foglight and rocker panel designs, backlit gauges, and a new 18-inch chrome alloy wheel option on Super models. Bluetooth is also now offered as an option on the entry-level CX model.

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PROS

Comfortable and quiet ride, roomy interior with available six-passenger seating, large trunk, intuitive controls.

Introduction

Just as the clothes don't make the man, so the stylish sheet metal surrounding the 2010 Buick Lucerne doesn't make it a thoroughly modern automobile. You see, once you get past its crisp design, you'll realize that the full-size Lucerne is an old-school American luxury sedan through and through. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on your perspective.

If you're a fan of vintage Buick models like the Electra and Roadmaster, the Lucerne will likely appeal. If, on the other hand, you're simply looking for the best full-size sedan on the market today, well, you're liable to find the Lucerne lacking. For starters, the Lucerne's powertrains don't quite measure up to those of its competitors. Both the V6 and V8 engines are a little anemic by comparison and hampered by an outdated four-speed automatic transmission that detracts from both overall performance and fuel economy.

To its credit, the Lucerne does ride quite comfortably, and its cabin is hushed at highway speeds. But that's about where this Buick runs out of charm. Take into account the imprecise steering, a huge turning circle and inexcusably poor braking performance and you have a car that doesn't inspire much confidence behind the wheel.

With all that in mind, it should come as no surprise that we suggest test-driving Buick's four-door flagship back to back with other large sedans, including the Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis and Toyota Avalon. Buick's new LaCrosse is another highly regarded model to consider. All of these models will offer more sprightly performance, better fuel economy and a more refined overall demeanor. While we're sure that there are a few buyers for whom the 2010 Buick Lucerne will be a good fit, just be certain that you try a few other models on for size before making up your mind.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Buick Lucerne is a full-size luxury sedan that's offered in three basic trim levels: CX, CXL and Super. However, the CX and CXL models are broken down into multiple variations.

The entry-level CX model is fairly basic by modern luxury car standards, coming standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated outside mirrors, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, a power driver seat, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The CX-2 version adds desirable goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, remote vehicle start, Bluetooth and rear park assist.

There are no fewer than five different CXL variants, ranging from CXL1 to CXL5. The CXL1 gains leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings and a power front passenger seat. Moving up through the CXL ranks will get you a few extra niceties such as perforated leather upholstery, a heated leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and lane-departure and blind-zone alert systems.

Step up to the top-of-the-line Super model and you'll get several performance-oriented upgrades including a V8 engine, the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside are a few more luxury touches including suede-trimmed perforated leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto- dimming rearview mirror with a compass and the Harmon Kardon audio system with a six-CD changer.

The options list varies by trim level and includes a sunroof, the lane-departure and blind-zone warning systems, a navigation system with real-time traffic updates and the upgraded audio system with a CD changer. CX and CXL models can also be had with a front bench seat that bumps seating capacity to six people.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Buick Lucerne is offered with two different powertrains. CX and CXL models get a 3.9-liter V6 that makes 227 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line Super features a 4.6-liter V8 that puts out 292 hp and 288 lb-ft. Both engines send their power to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. In acceleration testing, a Lucerne Super took 7.7 seconds to reach 60 mph; most competing sedans offer better performance.

EPA fuel economy estimates for V6-powered models come in at 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined, while the V8 earns EPA ratings of just 15 city/22 highway and 18 combined.

Safety

Standard safety features across the 2010 Buick Lucerne lineup include antilock disc brakes, traction control, side impact airbags for front-seat passengers and full-length side curtain airbags. While electronic stability control and brake assist are standard on upper CX and CXL variants and the Super model, these features are an extra-cost option on the entry-level CX and CXL trims and the CXL Special Edition.

In government crash tests, the Lucerne earned a five-star rating (out of five) in frontal collisions and four stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Lucerne "Good" (the highest of four) in frontal-offset crash tests and "Acceptable" (the second highest) in the side-impact test. In Edmunds 60-0-mph brake testing, the Lucerne required a disappointing 137 feet to come to a stop.

Interior Design and Special Features

Take a seat behind the Lucerne's steering wheel and you'll find an attractive dash layout with easy-to-read gauges and simple, straightforward controls. Large A-pillars at the edges of the windshield create annoying blind spots, however. The leather upholstery on upper trim levels is soft, but a few low-grade plastics and fit-and-finish issues take away from the upscale feel.

Head off down the road and you'll discover the cabin is a quiet place, all the better to enjoy the optional 280-watt Harman Kardon audio system. Seating is comfortable, and the backseat gets high marks for its adult-friendly room. An available front bench seat makes this one of the few sedans on the market that can seat six passengers. Out back, the large trunk offers a healthy 17 cubic feet of cargo room. Unfortunately, the rear seatbacks don't fold down, making carrying longer items a bit of a challenge.

Driving Impressions

If you seek plush ride quality and a hushed interior, the 2010 Buick Lucerne is bound to satisfy. Even the sportier -- and we use that term very loosely -- Super model is all about coddling its occupants while motoring down the highway. Exit that interstate onto some curvy side roads, however, and the Lucerne doesn't look quite as good. Handling is sloppy on CX and CXL models, and even the Super's adaptive suspension makes only a modest improvement. The steering is slow and imprecise on CX and CXL models and overly sensitive on the Super, thanks to its magnetic variable-assist design. With the V6 under the hood, acceleration is adequate at best. The V8-powered Super is gutsier, particularly at higher speeds, but neither engine's performance impresses compared to competing models.

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, 3.9L V6 SFI
    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
Suspension
  • Air Suspension
Tires & Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal driver, dual-depth frontal passenger with passenger sensing system, driver and right-front passenger side impact and front and rear outboard head curtain (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the
  • Air filtration system, particulate
  • Antenna, integral rear
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders and trunk pass through
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with rear coat hooks
  • Audio system feature, enhanced 6-speaker system
  • Automatic level control, electronic
  • Axle, 2.93 ratio
  • Battery rundown protection
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, dynamic rear proportioning
  • Chrome grille
  • Console, center with storage bin, storage tray, dual cup holders and armrest (Not available with (AN3) 6-passenger seating.)
  • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
  • Defogger, rear-window, electric
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel with chrome tip
  • Fascia, front body-color with integrated chrome grille
  • Fascia, rear color-keyed with integrated exhaust
  • Fog lamps, front halogen with projector beam
  • Front cornering lamps, front turn signal
  • Front wheel drive
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Instrumentation with coolant temperature, tachometer, fuel gauge, speedometer, Driver Information Center and compass
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
  • Lighting, interior with glovebox, trunk, delayed entry/exit with theater dimming, rear courtesy, front footwell and front map lights
  • Lighting, interior, rear reading, switchable
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color, manual-folding
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside with bright inserts
  • Moldings, rocker panel, body-color
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
  • QuietTuning Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
  • Retained accessory power power windows and audio system remain operational after ignition is switched off for 10 minutes or until a door is opened
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger (Center position lap belt is included when 6-passenger seating is selected.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Seat adjuster, passenger 6-way power
  • Seats, 5-passenger
  • Steering column, tilt, manual
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Ride and Handling
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit in place of spare tire
  • Tires, P235/55R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Traction control, full-range, powertrain- and brake-modulated
  • Trunk release, power
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
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