...Both engines send their power to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Our test of a Lucerne with the 275-hp V8 yielded a 0-60-mph time of 7.7 seconds, which is slightly slower than some V6 competitors like the Avalon and Azera. Safety: Standard across the 2008 Buick Lucerne line are antilock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Stability control and brake assist are standard on the CXS and Super, and optional on other models. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Lucerne earned a...
...Built on a 115.5-inch wheelbase, the Lucerne measures 204 inches long overall, stands 58 inches tall and is 74 inches wide. Options include rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated washer fluid. Interior Seating for either five or six occupants is available. The upholstery features French seams and stitching. Second-row legroom can be as much as 41 inches, courtesy of the Lucerne's long wheelbase. Second-row knee clearance is 5.5 inches, and the trunk holds 17 cubic feet of cargo. Lucernes can be equipped with a touch-screen navigation system, a 280-watt nine-speaker audio system, a heated...
...All trims have 4 doors and seat anywhere from 5-7 passengers. In addition, all trims have front wheel drive. The Super represents the premium edition of the Lucerne followed by the CXS, CXL, and CX in descending order of quality. Keep in mind that the better the trim, the tighter the suspension you get. The CX has cloth seats while the other 3 trims have leather. Finally, gas mileage averages out to 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.Overall, the '08 Lucerne upholds the Buick name with dignity. The solid V8, smooth ride, and comfortable interior make for a memorable driving experience...
...The front seats are cushy. I prefer a seat with more support, but I suspect some people would accept or even prefer these. I can't say the same about the backseat, however. In our comparison with two other large cars, we Cars.com reviewers found it too mushy back there. On the upside, the backseat is plenty roomy, with more legroom than the Chrysler 300, MKS and Toyota Avalon. The front-drive platform helps because it keeps the center floor hump to a reasonable height. Hip room also leads the others, both here and in the front seat, where occupants also find superior legroom. If there's a...
...Instead, you should enjoy the XM radio on the 280-watt stereo and the conversation with friends. There's tons of space. The back seat is big enough that you may not want to loan it to your high school aged grandchild. The dash is simple and all of the buttons are intuitively in the right place. Everything looks well made and elegant. The Super may not win Buick many new customers, especially as V-8s lose favor with consumers, but its airy ride will take you right down memory lane to a day when big cars glided down the road and men wore hats to the office. Times may have changed, and men...
...There's also a button to silence the beeps, which those who like to dart from one lane to the other probably will do after just a few beeps. Not driving drunk, drugged or drowsy would save the $295 cost of the system, though have to wonder how many folks who drive when drunk, drugged or drowsy will spend the $295. Gauges and controls are easy to see and reach as a concession to older occupants. Don't look for a lot of water-bottle holders, however, because Lucerne fans prefer space to hold maps. Super is loaded with goodies, including stability control and traction control for confidence and...
...It separates them from people who see driving as a chore, a necessary evil, or as a mobile insult to Mother Nature. We love driving. We love cars. It is with that affection that we tell you the 2008 Buick Lucerne Super is an honest-to-goodness fine automobile, worthy of consideration by anyone willing to spend $40,000 on a full-size, front-wheel-drive sedan. It hits all of the right product-appeal notes. Fit and finish are superb, right down to the microfiber lining that, thankfully, has replaced the ugly mouse-hair headliner covering in previous Buicks. Ergonomic common sense rules the...
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