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

"Engine seems a little sluggish for in-town driving."

Anonymous, NE (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"It has the power and handling to get me out of tight spots when other driver do something dangerous. That means a lot to me."

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"When going to pass another vehicle, the pickup and take off is so very smooth - you do not feel any stress in the gas pedal as the car picks up speed."

Judith W., SD (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"I like the safety features, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and backup warning"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"No exceptionally fun to drive...very bla"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Feels like there is no shocks in front end. Dealer felt the same way. But cold not find problem. Buick called from Texas and said there was no problem. Vehicle still the same way!"

Robert L., OH (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"This is a pleasure car, not a sports car. Acceleration is quite adequate with the 6 cylinder engine. The brakes will not stop you on a dime and give you 8 cents change, but I have always liked the Buick brake "feel" (if you need to stop that quickly, you probably aren't paying close attention to driving). Handling is smooth, easy, and predictable."

Thomas W., FL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"It is better than my 2003 LeSabre. I think the engines are the same size, so I assume the Lucerne has a better transmission. The LeSabre was sluggish, and the Lucerne is somewhat more peppy. I am satisfied with the way the Lucerne handles."

Anonymous, NB (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"There is a very noticeable hesitation when attempting to accelerate from a standstill, and also when re-accelerating at low speeds. It is sometimes dangerous when needing to quickly move out or resume speed. Also, when rounding a curving highway, the front wheels wander, and steering wheel corrections must be made to keep it following the curve properly."

R B., CA (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Great highway car, very comfortable."

DON B., WA (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"plenty of power very easy handling"

JEREMY L., NY (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"The car is full size. I like that....however, it drives sluggishly and is slow to accelerate. It drives like a heavy car. Very comfortable, but sluggish."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"When accelerating to pass, there is no strain, the acceleration just kicks in and the car just easily picks up speed for passing. You do not feel any tension in the gas pedal as the car accelerates. And I like a large, heavy car for the smooth ride and safety (the more metal between me & the next person, the better). And I've had passengers comment on the nice ride the car has. And I especially like all the various adjustments I can make to the car seat. Basically, just like everything abou"

JUDITH W., SD (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Good control, plenty of pick up when needed, smooth acceleration"

ALFRED V., AZ (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"V6 engine is a bit sluggish on acceleration. Could use a bit more power. It has 227 HP. Needs a minimum of about 240 to 250HP"

J G., NJ (2011 Buick Lucerne)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are comfortable and I enjoy a quiet and smooth ride."

Don B., ON (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, IN (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"I've had this car so long that I forget how comfortable it is but whenever (and always) when someone is riding with me for the first time, they immediately say-- "What kind of car is this? It's so comfortable.""

Anonymous, SC (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Very quiet and smooth ride. Good reliability and quality. Inside room is outstanding."

James B., TX (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"The only problem is moderate wind noise."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"It's the last of the large frame GM sedans. The ride is smooth and it holds the road very well. I have cloth seats, and it's very comfortable on long trips."

Thomas W., FL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Quite ride, very comfortable around town or on long trips."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Very roomy. Large trunk. Still looks good."

James B., FL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Nothing rides like a Buick, smooth, quiet and luxurious ride with 8 way adjustable seats."

Dave P., ON (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Best riding car i have ever owned."

Joseph D., GA (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Soft ride mainly due, I think to the 30 pound inflation rate of the tires; this is the most important to me. Noise level is just satisfactory. Seats are not too bad."

Anonymous, NB (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Rides like a Cadillac!"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Nice smooth quiet ride; comfortable seats. Only downer to me is the room. It feels a bit confined; would like more room."

Anonymous, NY (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Seats are so uncomfortable we had to spend $900 to have them re upolstered. Couldn’t stand to drive more than 50 miles."

Calvn W., KS (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Very good traveling car. Lots of room and quiet."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Leather-faced upholstery easy to clean, stays cooler in summer, warmer in winter Firm seat padding, adjustable lumbar support Ample legroom front and back Ride absorbs road bumps without "floating""

Gerald E., DE (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"The Lucerne has been a very comfortable car for traveling. The leather seats feature a soft leather surface that is much more comfortable than other vehicles that I have ridden in. Wind and road noise are relatively low and the ride and handling are excellent."

Charles E., NY (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Quiet ride, smooth, good power."

ALFRED V., AZ (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"The car is very easy to get into. Bench seat which I love, more comfortable than bucket seats."

MARY B., MI (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"This issue doesn't fit your categories. However, this model of Buick has a serious blindspot. The obstruction of the rear window by a wide panel nearly caused me to have a serious accident. I now sit on a pillow to elevate my height so that I can see traffic better."

Anonymous, AR (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"rear visiabilty"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"We really like the bench seats. Most cars now have a center console and bucket seats, which we do NOT like in the front."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Wonderful car for long trips. Quiet , comfortable"

JEREMY L., NY (2011 Buick Lucerne)


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

What Owners Say

"Cost a lot less than the Lexus and is a better looking car, equally reliable and has more features - back-up warning for one, live charging ports when the ignition is off for another"

Carl B., NE (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Very good reliability, outside paint and the interior continues to look good even 7 years later."

James B., TX (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"My Wife wanted the bench seat as she is not fond of the buckets. This is the last year Buick makes the Lucerne and bench seat in the front."

DANIEL A., FL (2011 Buick Lucerne)

"Miles per gallon is not what I expected. My Le saber with the 3800 engine got 26 to 30 mpg. This car with the 3900 engine only gets 18 to 22."

JAMES P., NC (2011 Buick Lucerne)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Just a good-looking large car."

Anonymous, FL (2011 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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