Like many previous Buicks, the Lucerne's primary attributes are its cushy ride, along with a roomy and mostly quiet interior. While the model also has a steadier ride and better fit and finish than the LeSabre and Park Avenue models it replaced, the Buick didn't rival the best competition. Its 197-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine is responsive, but sounds coarse and doesn't have outstanding acceleration or fuel economy.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This car drives like a dream."

LARRY F., IL (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"I like the ability to accelerate, particularly when I can do so in getting out of a tight situation. I deliberately chose a vehicle with a North Star engine, of which I am very fond."

JANE L., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The engine in the Lucerne always preforms on the highway, Passing, merging, and just cruising down the road."

MICHAEL M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Turning Radius is bad. Trying to pull into parking spot we often overshoot."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The Northstar engine is outstanding. It's very smooth with excellent acceleration."

WILLIAM L., GA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very reliable, comfortable, and excellent on MPG."

S P., IN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The turning radius is small."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The turning radius of my 2008 Lucerne is so large that it is hard to maneuver in parking lots."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Lucerne can't get out of its own way."

THOMAS W., NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"MY wife really likes the V6 engine for the fuel economy and when entering a freeway she can accelerate when she needs to. The handling is very good overall re. the steering and braking."

RONALD M., TN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Rather sluggish acceleration unless you really stomp down on the accelerator."

PAUL K., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"It drives good ."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The front suspension became weak about a year ago. Small bumps and pothole cause a distinctive bump noise. Other than that, the ride is great."

Anonymous, AR (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"We have had to replace the wheel bearings three times since owning this vehicle. The fuse assembly under the back seat melted. The bars that help raise the trunk lid came unhooked and had to have a body shop replace them."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"It's the best car I've ever owned when it come to driving enjoyment. I just love to drive the car. It provides enough feedback from the road to be gutsy when I want it to and yet comfortable and relaxing when I want that too. I wish Buick had designed the Lacrosse interior better. The new console sits way to high and has prevented me from replacing the Lucerne. Buick listen to what the drivers want."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"COMFORTABLE TO DRIVE"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Stylish!"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very much "your grandmother's Buick." Big, soft, quiet, smooth, very comfortable, uninteresting, unsporting, but COMPLETELY reliable and relaxing on long trips. A pleasure to drive and to ride in. We recommend"

Ian M., MB (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The Buick handles well, accelerates well , and is generally a very nice driving car."

R M., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Adequate power and response"

R M., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Handling - turning radius is large, requires a lot of steering wheel "cranking"."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"has the 3.8 l motor the best that gm every built good miles per gallon up to 35 mpg plenty of power and very durable"

Gerald M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Easy to drive on the hiway on long trips"

Michael M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Excellent maneuverability."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"For a V6, acceleration is great and for a full-size sedan the handling is very precise and nimble."

Scott R., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"great driving car and has plenty of pick up"

Bill C., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The vehicle is somewhat hard to get into as I am use to my van. Everything is good about the vehicle."

RONALD N., OH (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"We take a number of long trips and we are always comfortable. When we get out at the end of the trip we are relaxed."

MICHAEL M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"drivers side seat is at an angle that is about 5or 10 degrees off vertical, higher on door side sloping to center."

BARBARA J., NC (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Quietest car I've ever owned."

CURTIS J., NV (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Noise. Too much noise when you hit a bump in the road. It is as if the tires are over inflated. If you reduce the pressure to where the noise is acceptable, then the low pressure warning light comes on. No win situation."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"HEATED SEATS AND STEERING WHEEL ADD A LOT OF COMFORT"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"My wife has received many, many compliments on the styling and looks and she really enjoys the seat comfort, the air conditioning, and how the large Buick Lucerne rides. It is a very quiet car on the highway."

RONALD M., TN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"For the winter months, the heated seats and steering are valued."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Excellent comfort and a nice ride"

DENNIS F., MS (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Can hear road noise inside the car. Hard to get in and out of without a lot of bending over."

LEROY C., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"I had a 2003 BMW series 7 auto with front seats that allowed shifting one's bottom slightly and frequently from left to right and etc. The relief from stress available during long drivers [which I was making at that time] was remarkable. Compared with that, the Buick's seating was primitive. Also, I am short - 5'1" - and I have yet to find enough variety in support to make me comfortable in the Buick."

JANE L., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"I really like the dual controls for ac and heater. Seat control is really great."

LARRY F., IL (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"comfortable seats, plenty of room, back seat plenty of room adjustable front seats, controls easy to reach..No floor mounted gear shift..steering column mounted!! Wonderful car! too bad they stopped making this model."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very comfortable, great ride, nice seat, better than expected."

RICK M., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Superb comfort. Seats are large, and leg room is great. Car rides smooth no matter if you are alone, or with four people inside. I'm a large person (6'1") and head room is great. As far as noise, there is virtually no road noise at all."

Charles R., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very comfortable seats"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Comfort, styling, and engine reliability."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The Buick garners positive comments about its ride from any new passengers. It really is a comfortable and quiet car."

R M., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The most comfortable car I've ever owned. Has the same auto leveling suspension as the DTS (Caddy). Lucerene is still quiet and smooth after 9 years."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Car is very quiet and the ride is very comfortable"

Robert K., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very good ride, quiet."

R M., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"the cloth seats do not provide the comfort . Will never buy another car with cloth seats"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"very comfortable ride"

Gerald M., ON (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very comfortable seats especially valued on long trips. However wind noise seems excessive to me. The quality of the the fit and finish trim has not withstood the test of time."

Michael M., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"great handling"

Ron K., NE (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Seats very comfortable"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Very comfortable car"

Bill C., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Like most Buicks, this car rides very smooth and quiet. Very comfortable for long trips or commuting."

Scott R., MI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Not enough room for large Americans."

Joseph B., PA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The previous owner had replaced all the seat fabric with leather in 2010."

John S., TX (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Comfort of the seats for tall/older driver. Road noise abatement. Excellent road performance: power, stability, manuverability."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"It’s noisy"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"This Lucerne has a super large interior. Being a large person over 6 ft., there is an abundance of head and leg room, even in the rear seats. Comfortable adjustments for the front seats. The ride is great, even with 5 people in the vehicle, and the noise level in minimal."

Charles R., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I bought it unregistered with 5,800 miles on it for $16,000 below MSRP"

WILLIAM L., GA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Lost over 27% of its value the minute we drove I toffee dealers lot."

LEROY C., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Could use a sway bar for mountain driving."

S P., IN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"IT IS SUCH A NICE CAR, I HAVE DECIDED TO KEEP IT, EVEN THOUGH I BOUGHT A TRUCK WITH JUST AS MANY COMFORTS."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"It just keeps on running with 0 cost for repairs so far. It is very comfortable."

BOB R., CA (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"I wish Buick made a Lucerne again. Smooth ride."

NORMA P., OH (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The price was okay"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"it came :Loaded" , as Standard equip."

Gerald F., NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Bought this car at end of model year and when all was said and done got 1/3 off sticker. Got a full size luxury car for less than a Chevy Malibu would have cost. The room and comfort I got for the price I paid has made it an outstanding value."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"It's had almost no repairs other than driver caused defects. Handles well, reliable. in good shape."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"it came equipped w many features "ahead" of many others , lane departure , Side warning etc."

Gerald F., NJ (2008 Buick Lucerne)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"small car which is good for me on parking . Very nice color."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Beautiful Auto. Preforms very well."

RICHARD A., WI (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The 2008 Buick styling is so much better than the newer models."

RONALD N., OH (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"smooth ride but too big of a car. Hard to see behind me when in reverse."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"The Lucerne model has been discontinued. I am going to replace it with another vehicle."

MATTHEW P., NY (2008 Buick Lucerne)

"Sleek design. No sharp edges. Clean look. Easy inside to outside visability"

CHARLES R., CT (2008 Buick Lucerne)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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