2006 Buick Lucerne Consumer Review: Upgrade from 2002 LaSabre

2006 Buick Lucerne - Consumer Review

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2006 Buick Lucerne CX 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)


In comparison to our previous 2002 V6 LaSabre: Lives up to quiet interior claims for engine, air stream and tire noise at least up to 75 mph. Turning diameter is annoyingly greater. Comfortable cruising at 75 vs 70 mph with LaSabre. Not tiring to drive long distances except for no lumbar support. Entering freeway or passing acceleration was uncomfortable - requires more throttle or even downshift. Average mileage on 4600 mile vacation trip including 3 city stays was 28.5 mpg; only 3.3 % less than similar trip made last year with the LaSabre. Love the exterior design even though I now notice similar features on several older foreign makes.

Best Features

Airstream, tire and engine noise reduction lives up to claim at least up to 75 mph. Backup distance warning beeper/lights. All radio controls on steering wheel. Dash and door controls improved for human factors.

Worst Features

Under powered by the ancient albeit reliable 3800 V6. Forty-four foot turning radius annoying. Recent LaSabre head-up display not available. Wife misses view of compass and gas gauge-no longer visible from passenger seat. Storage bins and cup holders too small. Gauge displays too dim in daylight.
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