The 2023 Buick Lucerne is a full-size automobile produced by General Motors from 2005 to 2011. Named after Lucerne, Switzerland, the car served as Buick’s top-of-the-line sedan until it was replaced by the second-generation Buick LaCrosse. The 2023 Buick Lucerne front-wheel drive shares its platform with the Cadillac DTS and is a traditional American luxury sedan.
The Lucerne was produced in conjunction with the Cadillac DTS at GM’s Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The facility was operated by J.D. and Won First Quality Awards from Power and Associates. GM also leads all other automakers in Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Index (TQI). The entire Lucerne received modest mid-cycle updates in 2008 that added optional blind spot monitoring and a lane departure warning system and revised exterior colors. Two new trim levels, CXL Special Edition and Super were added for 2008.
The full-size Buick Lucerne sedan is available in three trim levels: CX, CXL, and CXS. The CX comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, a six-way power driver’s seat, a CD player, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The CXL adds 17-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an MP3-capable stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. This upholstery also provides access to additional optional equipment such as heated and cooled seats and heated windshield washer fluid. The premium CXS has all the CXL luxuries, with driver seat memory, 280-watt Harman Kardon audio, satellite radio, 18-inch wheels, and Magnetic Ride Control suspension. Options on all Lucerne include a dash CD changer, remote vehicle start, and rear parking assist. A navigation system will be available by mid-year.
2023 Buick Lucerne : Interior
The interior of the Lucerne is clean in style and the control layout is simple and uncluttered. The leather upholstery is soft, and the designers took care to match the textured patterns of the vinyl and plastic used on the dashboard and doors. Unfortunately, there are a few low-end materials thrown into the mix, and the build quality is inconsistent. The front seat is typically a two-seater, but 40/20/40 split rows of seats can be ordered for the CX and CXL. When finished, Lucerne seats six. Whether you’re sitting in the front or back, there’s plenty of cushioning and legroom.
2023 Buick Lucerne : Engine
Two engines are available for the Buick Lucerne. CX equipment comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that delivers 197 horsepower and 227 lb-ft of torque. It is available in the CXL and is a 4.6-liter V8 as standard on the CXS. It is rated at 275 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. Both engines transmit their power to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Buick Lucerne : Safety
The standard safety equipment includes OnStar for all outboard passengers, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, traction control, front-side impact airbags, and head-protecting side curtain airbags. Stability control and brake assist are standard on CXS, optional on V8-equipped CXL models, and not available on V6-equipped models. The Lucerne with front seats has a two-point belt for the middle position. In NHTSA crash tests, the Buick Lucerne received five stars for protecting the driver and front passenger in frontal collisions. The 2023 Buick Lucerne four stars were given for side impact protection for front and rear passengers.