Buick Lucerne

Just spent some time in the new Buick Lucerne. This is one of the models that is supposed to help resurrect the Buick name, much in the same way that the CTS helped return the Cadillac name to prominence. However, while the CTS and other models changed the demographic of Cadillac buyers, the Lucerne still feels like a car for an older crowd.

 

The Lucerne replaces the LeSabre and brings back a number of styling cues from past Buicks, including the all-important (for some reason) portholes in the front fenders. Buick has also given the Lucerne a 275-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. What I can’t figure out is – why? Buicks are not typically driven by drivers that want high performance, and while this V8 sounds good, I was surprised at how bad my fuel mileage was. In a mix of city and highway driving, I averaged just over 14 mpg. I was able to get better fuel economy in the 425-horsepower Chrysler 300C SRT8 (not by much, but still…).

 

Still, the Lucerne does what it was designed to do. Very soft ride, comfortable seats and tastefully appointed interior. It has heated and cooled seats, roomy rear seat and a large trunk. Also has remote start, which I think is one of the greatest inventions, especially on cold mornings.

 

Overall it’s not a bad car. I guess I’m just not a Buick guy.

Perry Stern