2008 Buick Lucerne

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2008 Buick Lucerne Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Buick Lucerne was new.

The 2008 Lucerne is large sedan that provides a comfortable and smooth ride in a spacious cabin.  It is somewhat soft on performance, with slower acceleration, looser handling and softer brakes than some of its competitors.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 8.1
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Clean and uncluttered interior layout
  • Exceptionally spacious interior with loads of backseat room
  • Classic, American exterior styling
  • More available safety features for 2008
  • Less than stellar passing power
  • May lack luxury options and contemporary appeal of other sedan competitors
  • Very large turning radius and noticeably soft brakes

2008 Buick Lucerne Overview

The 2008 Buick Lucerne is s a good highway cruiser, with a nostalgic look that recalls classic American sedans. The Washington Post says it's a "plush automobile. But it is not a motorized marshmallow in the manner of the big Buicks of old." The Lucerne is a large car, with enough room for five adults and a smooth, comfortable ride.

The 2008 Buick Lucerne is available in four trims: the base CX, the CXL, the CXS and the top-of-the-line Super (available spring 2008).  For 2008, Buick has added stability control, and lane departure warning system and a blind spot alert system as options on all trim levels. 

For a car that comes in for some criticism due to its relative lack of passing power, the Lucerne doesn't offer particularly good fuel economy.  If you're considering the Lucerne, you might also want to look closely at the well-regarded Toyota Avalon, and the ultra-safe Ford Taurus.

  • "This is the best Buick I've driven in years." -- Boston Globe
  • "Buick's new flagship sedan boasts clean lines suggestive of fine German sedans, while maintaining Buick traditions. Inside, it's elegant and comfortable and easy. Underway, the Lucerne is smooth and quiet, but its steering is precise and it handles winding roads with aplomb." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "You know about a car after 1,000 miles. You certainly know if you'd like to spend another 1,000 miles in its driver's seat. When it comes to the Lucerne CXS, I'd say 'Yes' to that one in a hurry."  -- Washington Post
  • "It offers full-size American luxury, technology, and power, a combination sure to raise Buick's attraction." -- Motor Week
  • "It delivers decent performance with a smooth ride and a comfortable, quiet interior -- attractive attributes for those who must endure a grueling daily commute or travel long distances." -- Forbes
  • "Buick's Lucerne is a relaxing luxury sedan that coddles occupants and driver alike, but it's not the breakout hit Buick needs to find new customers." -- Car and Driver
  • "When you add a few options, or upgrade from a V-6 to a V-8, the Lucerne is pushing or exceeds $30,000. And for that price, what's going to persuade you to buy a Buick rather than an entry-level Audi or Acura or even a Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon?" -- U.S. News
  • "Nice as the car was, I was surprised by its price. The CXS started at $34,265 and ended up at $36,485. That seemed a bit high."  -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
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