Buick is a registered trademark of General Motors and is the oldest automobile manufacturer in the United States. The Buick Lucerne was manufactured starting in 2006 to replace the luxury-level LeSabre and Park Avenue models. The last year the Lucerne model was produced was 2011.

The Lucerne is a full-sized sedan created to compete in the luxury car market with Lexus and others. All models had automatic transmissions and front-wheel drive. The 2011 models’ manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranged from $30,500 for the basic model to $46,000 for the full-options model.

What are the Buick Lucerne’s dimensions and specifications?

The 2006 basic model features a 3.8L engine with six cylinders. It measures 203 inches in length and 74 inches in width and both the front and rear legroom measure over 41 inches. The 2006 Lucerne had an estimated 19 mpg during city driving and 28 mpg for highway driving. Later updates in 2009 added a 3.9L engine on the basic model.

In 2007, Buick added the Lucerne Super, which featured an optional 4.6L V8 engine that was also used in General Motor’s Cadillac models. It boasted higher horsepower and a sportier look with a rear-end spoiler.

What features does the Lucerne have?

Standard safety features found from 2006 to 2011 include front, head, rear and side airbags and traction control. A lane departure system was added to the Lucerne in 2008, and it was the first model year that the Lucerne was available as a flex-fuel vehicle that used ethanol fuel.

The 2011 Lucerne offered many added features over its 2006 predecessor. Additional safety features include Buick’s StabiliTrak and Break Assist that both use sensors to help the driver to control the car in icy or slippery conditions. Luxury features include power windows, locks, front seats, keyless entry, an anti-theft system, tire-pressure monitoring, OnStar and more.

What are the safety ratings for the Buick Lucerne?

The National Highway Travel Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the early 2011 Buick Lucerne a three out of five star rating. It rated five stars in the frontal crash tests and rollover testing, but it only averaged two out of five stars in the side-crash test. The driver-side barrier rating was particularly low with one out of five stars, and the passenger-side barrier was rated only two out of five stars.

The later release of the 2011 Lucerne scored the same on the NHTSA’s three tests, but it was awarded four stars out of five for an overall rating. Both the driver and side barrier ratings gained a star each to help improve the overall rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2006 Buick Lucerne model as good in frontal crash tests. Measurements from crash-test dummies showed little movement and injury during crashes. The only lower marks came from measurements taken from the right foot of the driver that indicated the chances for injury.

The side impact crash rating for the 2006 Buick Lucerne was Acceptable. Measurements from the driver dummy indicated the possibility for a cracked pelvis, and the rating for the structure of the car during the side impact test was only marginal.

How much is car insurance for a Buick Lucerne?

The Buick Lucerne boasts modest insurance rates compared to similar luxury vehicles, according to MSN Money. The basic model, the Lucerne CX, averages $1,310 for annual auto insurance rates. The mid-level CXL and CXL Premium range from $1,383 to $1,394 a year. The high level Lucerne Super jumps up in insurance prices to $1,447 in premiums due to its V8 engine.

The Lucerne’s insurance prices beat out those of Lexus and other luxury import vehicles from $400 to $900 annually when compared with engine size and number of cylinders. Buick is sure to hope that lower pricing with MSRPs and insurance rates will attract consumers away from the foreign market and back to American-made automobiles.

What do reviewers say about the Lucerne?

Consumer reviews have stayed consistently around 4.4 out of 5 for the 2006 through 2011 model years, according to Kelley Blue Book. While expert reviews admit that younger drivers still seem to prefer more expensive foreign models such those offered by Lexus, they offer few complaints for the 2011 Lucerne and Lucerne Super. They give a thumbs up to the Lucerne’s good control, adequate power, and low noise levels. They were also impressed with the smooth ride due to Buick’s Magnetic Ride Control.

One area expert reviews disliked was a light power steering that lacked feeling. It was noted that it might not be noticed by regular consumers. They also note that the Lucerne’s resale value will more than likely not be as high as its pricier foreign counterparts will. However, the Lucerne’s fair market price when compared with more expensive similarly equipped vehicles made it a good deal. Though discontinued, the Lucerne helped Buick to re-establish itself at the forefront of the automobile industry.