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2011 Buick Lucerne 4dr Sdn CX

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Price with options: $29,730

MSRP: $29,730

Base Invoice: $28,541

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City: 17 - Hwy: 27

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2011 Buick Lucerne Pros

For 2011, GM's StabiliTrak stability control system is now standard across the entire model line. Sound systems have been revamped, including one with an integral navigation system. The base sound system has an auxiliary input jack and MP3 capability, and 5-passenger models of the Buick Lucerne get a new USB port.

2011 Buick Lucerne Model Highlights

The Lucerne now comes in four different models: base CX, mid-level CXL and EXL, and top-of-the-range Super. While most of the lineup is powered by a 227-horsepower, 3.9-liter V6, the Super gets a 292-horsepower, 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine. Both engines in the front-wheel-drive Lucerne come with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Though both engines are very smooth, there's quite a jump in performance between the two; the Northstar V8 feels more refined and sophisticated, although EPA ratings are a bit lower, at 15 mpg city, 22 highway versus 17/26 with the V6. The standard V6 can also accommodate E85, a blend of 85-percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline.

The Lucerne has a rather conventional front-wheel-drive layout and a soft, cushy ride, but Buick has put a lot of engineering effort into its so-called Quiet Tuning, which aims to isolate road, wind, and engine noise and uses measures including acoustic glass, noise-reducing mirrors and door-pillar baffles. Overall, interior packaging is excellent, with a roomy backseat and huge trunk.

All Lucerne models for 2011 include heated mirrors, power front seats, and an extended-range key fob. The CXL adds lots of additional equipment, including automatic climate control, a universal remote, Bluetooth, a cargo net and available 6-passenger seating with a bench seat in front. The EXL gets leather upholstery, ultrasonic rear parking assist, remote vehicle starting and a theft-deterrent system, along with Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning, two accident-avoidance technologies. A touch-screen navigation system (and a sunroof) is available only on Super and EXL models.

The Lucerne Super also gets a more precise, responsive steering system, as well as GM's Magnetic Ride Control technology, which can quick recalibrate dampers for more stiffness or softness. As such, the Super handles quite differently than the rest of the Lucerne lineup--more like a comfortable sport sedan.

On the outside, the Lucerne Super comes with a unique grille and fascias, as well as special rocker panels, chrome sill plates, chrome plated wheels, chrome exhaust tips and special badging. On the inside, the Super model has suede trim, leather upper trim, French seam stitching, heated and cooled front seats, a heated, walnut-trimmed steering wheel, a walnut wood shifter and Nova Silver center-stack finish. A high-end 280-watt Harman Kardon sound system is also included.

The Lucerne now comes with standard StabiliTrak stability control, anti-lock brakes, front side thorax airbags, side-curtain bags and a unique dual-depth passenger frontal bag are all standard. So is a 6-month subscription to OnStar, which includes GM's Turn-by-Turn navigation service.

2011 Buick Lucerne Model News

The Lucerne is Buick's roomy, comfort-oriented large sedan, and it appeals to those who are looking for a traditional, conservatively styled American luxury sedan that doesn't sacrifice interior space for performance. Yet in Lucerne Super form, it offers a much more exciting driving experience compared to rivals such as the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera. And, with many accident-avoidance features standard even on the mid-level CXL and EXL, the Lucerne's is at the head of the class with respect to safety. The top of the line Super's smooth, sophisticated V8 gives the Lucerne an exciting performance character while staying quiet and dignified.

2011 Buick Lucerne Value Writeup

Comfortable, quiet interior; smooth, pillowy ride; V8 power available; safety and accident-avoidance technologies

Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake Type Pwr
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )  
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 1.2
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 0.5
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)  
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary) 800
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.9L/237
Engine Order Code LGD
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 227 @ 5700
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 237 @ 3200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A) 21
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.14
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.71
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)  
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.93
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.92
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)  
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic
Trans Description Cont. Again  
Trans Order Code MX0
Trans Type 4
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Car
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3735
ENTERTAINMENT
Antenna, integral rear
Audio system feature, enhanced 6-speaker system
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed compensated volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack, and USB port located in the console (Requires (A51) 5-passenger seating.)
XM Radio is standard on nearly all 2011 GM models and includes 3 months of trial service. Get over 170 channels, including: commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, comedy, family and kids' channels, and much more. With XM's incredible range of programming, everything worth listening to is on XM (Requires a subscription sold separately by XM after the first 90 days. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia. Visit gm.xmradio.com for details.)
EXTERIOR
Chrome grille
Fascia, front body-color with integrated chrome grille
Fascia, rear color-keyed with integrated exhaust
Fog lamps, front halogen with projector beam
Front cornering lamps, front turn signal
Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
Headlamps, halogen composite with Twilight Sentinel and flash-to-pass feature
Lights, Twilight Sentinel
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color, manual-folding
Moldings, body-color bodyside with bright inserts
Moldings, rocker panel, body-color
Tires, P235/55R17 all-season, blackwall
Wheel, 16" (40.6 cm) steel spare and tire (Required with Fleet and Government order types.)
Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Bright Silver finish aluminum
Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
INTERIOR
Air conditioning, single-zone manual front climate control
Air filtration system, particulate
Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders and trunk pass through
Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with rear coat hooks
Console, center with storage bin, storage tray, dual cup holders, armrest and USB port (Not available with (AN3) 6-passenger seating.)
Cruise control
Defogger, rear-window, electric
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and enhanced safety
Floor mats, color-keyed, carpeted, front and rear, stain-resistant
Instrumentation with coolant temperature, tachometer, fuel gauge, speedometer, Driver Information Center and compass
Lighting, interior with glovebox, trunk, delayed entry/exit with theater dimming, rear courtesy, front footwell and front map lights
Lighting, interior, rear reading, switchable
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
QuietTuning Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range includes provisions for remote vehicle starter system kit accessory
Retained accessory power power windows and audio system remain operational after ignition is switched off for 10 minutes or until a door is opened
Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
Seat adjuster, passenger 6-way power
Seat trim, cloth
Seats, 5-passenger
Steering column, tilt, manual
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with mounted audio and cruise controls
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
Trunk release, power
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
Windows, power with driver Express-Down
MECHANICAL
Automatic level control, electronic
Axle, 2.93 ratio
Battery rundown protection
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, dynamic rear proportioning
Engine, 3.9L V6 SFI FlexFuel capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (227 hp [163.9 kW] @ 5700 rpm, 237 lb-ft of torque [321.1 N-m] @ 3200 rpm)
Exhaust, stainless-steel with chrome tip
Front wheel drive
Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Ride and Handling
Transmission, 4-Speed Automatic, enhanced electronic
SAFETY
Air bags, dual-stage frontal driver, dual-depth frontal passenger with passenger sensing system, driver and right-front passenger side impact and front and rear outboard head curtain (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
Automatic Crash Response (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered or included.)
Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered or included.)
OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger (Center position lap belt is included when 6-passenger seating is selected.)
Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist includes Traction Control
Stolen Vehicle Assistance (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered or included.)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Traction control, full-range, powertrain- and brake-modulated