A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Buick Lucerne

2011 marked the final year of production for the Buick Lucerne, a venerable full-sized sedan that offers ample room in the interior. The car was noted for the significant amount of interior space and trunk space offered, although it didn’t win any awards for handling or performance.

Key Features

There are several features to enjoy on the 2011 Buick Lucerne, although the designation of the car’s stability control system as a standard feature tops the list. Others include the 60/20/40 folding rear seats that allow you to accommodate larger loads in the trunk.

Changes for 2012

For its final year of production, GM didn’t do much in the way of updates for the Lucerne. However, you will find that new audio systems were introduced, and there were a few cosmetic updates as well. Some trim levels were eliminated, too.

What We Like

One thing you can’t argue about is space – the 2011 Buick Lucerne really delivers when it comes to room. The front and rear seats have more than amble head and legroom, and the trunk is almost cavernous. The ability to seat 6 people is also very nice.

What Concerns Us

Perhaps the thing that worries us most is the poor performing brakes, although the engine is also weak. The transmission, while not prone to breakdowns, is an old style and could have been refreshed easily. The suspension is also not adjusted for refined handling (the car drives like a full-sized sedan, and nimble doesn’t enter the equation).

Available Models

The 2011 Buick Lucerne was made available in several different trim levels. The base is the CX, followed by the CXL, the CXL Premium, and the Super.

All models use the same engine with the exception of the Super. The CX, CXL and CXL Premium are powered by a 3.9-liter V6 with 227 hp (17/27 mpg). The Super features a 4.6-liter V8 with 292 hp (15/23 mpg).

Major Recalls

The 2011 Buick Lucerne has been the subject of a couple of service bulletins (not actual recalls) over the years. The most recent involved loose ground terminal connections causing malfunctions with the electronics. Another involved binding windows. Malfunctioning power outlets and a faulty brake pressure sensor were the subjects of two additional service bulletins.

Common Issues

There are several common complaints among drivers about the 2011 Buick Lucerne. The sluggish engine performance ranks pretty high, but the sloppy handling is also a concern. Drivers also point out that while the interior is very roomy, it’s very outdated.

Buick Lucerne 2011


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