2006 Buick Lucerne - Road Test Specs

2006 Buick Lucerne Sedan

(3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic)
Model year2006
ModelLucerne CXL V8
StyleFour-door sedan
Base MSRP$30,990
As-tested MSRP$34,945
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)275 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)290 @ 4,400
Transmission type4-speed automatic
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut, coil spring, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearMultilink, coil spring, load leveling shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeMagnetic variable assist rack and pinion
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelTouring Contact, all-season
Tire size, frontP235/55R17
Tire size, rearP235/55R17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ABS
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph (sec.)10.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.5 @ 92.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)35.22
60-0 mph (ft.)137.59
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.00
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)N/A
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.7
@ Full throttle (dB)72.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.6
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration comments"Trac off." Only allows 1,500 rpm with brake and throttle pedals pushed at the same time, so flashing the throttle just as the brake is released allows more spin and produces the best times. No redline indicated on the tachometer, but upshifts at 6,000 rpm. Very nice, smooth shifts.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsWhat a mess. Noisy and slow-cycle ABS, plus gravelly tires and lots of dive all conspire to produce less-than-confident feel and long stops.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsIt doesn't take much to break the 60-mph mark in the slalom these days, but the Lucerne isn't up to the task. Too nose-heavy with that big V8 and front-wheel drive. Its suspension is too soft and its tires are too hard.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)75
Temperature (°F)53
Wind (mph, direction)2.0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 City 25 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)13.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3869
Length (in.)203.2 in.
Width (in.)73.8 in.
Height (in.)58.0 in.
Wheelbase (in.)115.6 in.
Legroom, front (in.)42.5 in
Legroom, rear (in.)41.0 in.
Headroom, front (in.)39.5 in.
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6 in.
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)17.0 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNone
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrakeAssist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemOnStar
NHTSA crash test, driverExcellent
NHTSA crash test, passengerExcellent
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceExcellent

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