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2009 Buick Lucerne Review

The 2009 Buick Lucerne is a comfortable highway cruiser with a spacious interior and classic Buick looks. Its performance, on the other hand, is surpassed by other 2009 large cars.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Clean and uncluttered interior layout
  • Spacious interior with plenty of back-seat room
  • Underpowered V6 engine
  • Lacks luxury options and contemporary appeal of competitors
  • Large turning radius and soft brakes




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.1
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2009 Buick Lucerne Overview

The 2009 Buick Lucerne follows the long Buick tradition of producing comfortable, spacious cars that have a smooth ride. However, the Lucerne’s main drawbacks are its wide turning radius and underpowered engine. With the base V6 engine, reviewers thought that other large sedans performed better than the Lucerne and achieved better fuel economy. However, the Lucerne Super offers swift acceleration with its optional V8 engine.

Reviewers were disappointed with the Lucerne’s transmission. Many large sedans have a five-speed automatic, while the Lucerne has an antiquated four-speed automatic transmission. However, most reviewers agreed that the Lucerne has a smooth ride that makes it a comfortable highway cruiser.

When it was new, reviewers praised the Lucerne’s spacious interior. In addition, some Lucernes may have an available front bench seat, which brings seating capacity to six. The base Lucerne comes equipped with a standard six-way power driver and passenger seat, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Optional features when it was new included a sunroof, lane departure and blind-spot warning systems, heated and ventilated seats and an upgraded stereo.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a practical large sedan that is safe and comfortable, consider the highly-ranked 2009 Ford Taurus. The Taurus provides a spacious interior, strong safety scores and good fuel economy for a large car. 

The 2009 Toyota Avalon is a top-ranked used car. Reviewers found that the Avalon's more powerful V6 engine offered better performance than the Lucerne's V6. Additionally, the Avalon uses less fuel. Both the Lucerne and the Avalon performed well in crash tests. 

Compare the Lucerne to the Taurus and Avalon »

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