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2011 Buick Lucerne Review

The 2011 Buick Lucerne is a middle-of-the-pack sedan that offers the quiet and smooth ride expected of most large cars, but falters in terms of driving dynamics and interior features.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Adequate performance
  • Subpar safety score




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.5
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2011 Buick Lucerne Overview

When the 2011 Lucerne was new, reviewers complained about its lackluster performance. They felt that acceleration with the base V6 was only adequate, and they disliked the four-speed automatic transmission, which they felt negatively impacted and the Lucerne’s driving dynamics. Reviewers thought other 2011 large cars offered better performance, and the Lucerne’s softly-tuned suspension means that it performs best as a highway cruiser.

When it was new, reviewers thought the Lucerne’s cabin was spacious and comfortable. In particular, they liked the seats, saying that they could accommodate people of any size, even on long trips. However, the Lucerne was a tad outdated when it comes to interior tech features. Still, reviewers liked the Lucerne’s dash layout and easy-to-use controls. Standard features in the Lucerne include cloth seats, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port and OnStar. Available features on higher trims and in option packages include Bluetooth, a touch-screen navigation system, a Harman Kardon stereo, leather seats with front heating, dual-zone climate control and rear parking assist.

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Other Cars to Consider

The highly-ranked 2011 Buick LaCrosse is worth a look thanks to its quiet ride and luxurious interior. The LaCrosse uses less fuel than the Lucerne and comes with excellent safety ratings.  

Check out the 2011 Ford Taurus if you’re seeking a well-rounded used large car. With the Taurus, you’ll gain better performance, fuel economy, interior quality and safety ratings. Additionally, the Taurus offers one of the largest trunks in the class. The Taurus won our 2011 Best Family Sedan for the Money award.

Compare the Lucerne to the LaCrosse and the Taurus »

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