Used 2011 Buick Lucerne

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, roomy cabin
  • available six-passenger seating
  • large trunk
  • intuitive controls.
  • Sloppy handling with standard suspension
  • weak V6 engine
  • subpar brakes
  • dated four-speed automatic transmission.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

A relic of the way Buick used to design its cars, the 2011 Lucerne is outclassed by newer and more appealing luxury sedans.

Vehicle overview

The 2011 Buick Lucerne is an example of the old General Motors, where "good enough" unfortunately became the company's standard operating procedure. When the Lucerne was introduced for 2006, it barely nudged the bar upward from the car it replaced. Now, it's a proverbial fossil among premium or luxury full-size sedans. While Buick is currently reinventing itself, the Lucerne stands as a reminder to show just how far the brand has come with its new LaCrosse and Regal sedans.

Of course, some buyers may appreciate the Lucerne's old-school vibe. If you're partial to the grand Buick sedans of yesteryear like the Park Avenue and LeSabre, you'll feel right at home in the 2011 Buick Lucerne. Smooth and comfortable ride? Check. Controls that can be deciphered without first passing a computer literacy test? Check. Generous room for five or even six? Check. Stylized portholes on the front fenders? Yep. So far, so good.

But run a hand over the cabin materials or gaze at the dash design and you'll notice that the Lucerne is several steps behind the LaCrosse sitting a few feet away in the Buick dealership. Take a look at the spec sheet and you'll find a 227-horsepower V6 and a four-speed automatic in a segment where about 270 horses and six speeds is the norm. The available V8, with its 292 hp, is a virtual requirement. On the move, the Lucerne disappoints with slow steering, lifeless handling, a bargelike turning circle and barely adequate brakes.

As basic transportation, the 2011 Buick Lucerne is good enough. But with so many impressive full-size sedans and a pair of thoroughly modern Buicks now in the brand's lineup, why settle for just "good enough"? Other sedans like the 2011 Chrysler 300, 2011 Ford Taurus, 2011 Hyundai Genesis and 2011 Toyota Avalon are all better choices.

Buick Lucerne models

The 2011 Buick Lucerne is a full-size luxury sedan offered in four trim levels: CX, CXL, CXL Premium and top-of-the-line Super. Five-passenger seating is standard and six-passenger seating with a 40/20/40 front split bench seat is available on all trim levels except Super.

Model variations have been streamlined this year. The basic CX model starts off modestly with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and foglamps, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, cloth upholstery, six-way power front seats, leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, air-conditioning, fully powered accessories, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar communications and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The Comfort and Convenience package includes dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth.

Moving up to the CXL adds access to more options and includes leather upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats with power lumbar adjustments, driver's memory settings, a heated steering wheel and the Comfort and Convenience package. The Driver Confidence package adds remote ignition and rear parking sensors. The CXL Premium includes the Driver Confidence package, plus chromed alloy wheels, a driver auto-dimming mirror, a lane-departure warning system, a blind-spot warning system and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Finally, the Super trim takes the Lucerne experience to another level with V8 power, 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, a sunroof (optional on CXL and CXL Premium), adaptive magnetic ride control, magnetic steering, perforated leather/faux-suede upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic. The navigation system is optional on the CXL Premium.

2011 Highlights

The 2011 Buick Lucerne receives only minor updates, including streamlined trim levels, new audio systems and standard stability control on all models.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive Buick Lucerne offers two engines from which to choose. The CX and CXL models are equipped with a 3.9-liter V6 producing 227 hp and 237 pound-feet of torque. The heart of the Super model is a 4.6-liter V8 with 292 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. Both are backed by a four-speed automatic transmission.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the V6 is 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. The V8 is understandably thirstier at 15/23/18.


Every 2011 Buick Lucerne is equipped with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds testing, a Lucerne came to a stop from 60 mph in 137 feet -- disappointing for a car of this type and price.

The Lucerne has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to the new 2011 tests)were a perfect five stars for front occupant protection in head-on collisions and four stars for front and rear side-impact protection.

In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Lucerne earned a top rating of "Good" for frontal-offset collisions and an "Acceptable" score in side-impact testing.


The 2011 Buick Lucerne is in its element cruising down the interstate mile after mile while treating occupants to a smooth ride and tranquil cabin. But sloppy handling and slow, vague steering plagues the CX and CXL models, while the Super's sophisticated adaptive suspension is useful but can only do so much. V6 performance is underwhelming, especially because of the outdated four-speed automatic transmission. The Super's V8 delivers more grunt, of course, but its performance (like the V6) is unimpressive considering the competition and the model's price.


The Lucerne's roomy cabin is a comfortable place to spend time, particularly if you're not saddled with driving chores. The dashboard features legible gauges, intuitive controls and a simple, straightforward layout. The cloth upholstery on the base CX is definitely a step down from the soft leather trim in more expensive trims and the materials in general are bargain basement compared to those in newer Buicks.

Once underway, the Lucerne provides a serene atmosphere with very little road noise. In this environment, the optional Harman Kardon audio system shines. The seats are comfortable, with ample room front and back, and a Lucerne advantage is the ability to seat six if needed. The large trunk swallows up to 17 cubic feet of cargo, and a pass-through can accommodate longer items.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2011 Buick Lucerne.

5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 30%
3 star reviews: 10%
2 star reviews: 10%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.2 stars based on 10 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, My Father's Buick--So What?
Super 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I bought the used 2011 Buick Lucerne Super because I had a Buick LeSabre Limited back in the day and drove it cross country with our family. What a great ride it was on the highways. Well, the Lucerne Super also has a super ride plus it has a peppy little V-8, excellent navigation, lane departure warning, and blind side warning. Yes, it has a huge turning radius but I have never turned around in the middle of a 4-lane highway yet. I bought the car for comfort and it delivers comfort in spades. Case closed! Update: I just completed a 1,000 mile trip of all interstate highways with my family of 3 adults and one child and we couldn't be more happy with the car's comfort, ease of driving, and cargo space. GM will rue the day it discontinued the Lucerne. The LaCrosse is a really great car but it's just not in the same class as the Lucerne when it comes to comfort and ease of driving on long highway trips with the family.

4 out of 5 stars, Pretty Lucy!
Little Miss Lucy,
CX 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

My Lucerne (Lucy) is a pretty car and she has never given me trouble. I wanted a white car, and got one used in great condition from a totally reliable dealer here in Tyler, TX. At first I didn't like how Lucy handled, but then, it is a 2009 Lucerne as opposed to my 1994 LeSabre, which I miss to this day. As for as a Buick, I am totally surprised with my choice to get another one but the LeSabre was a good friend to me, and I figured a 2009 would also be my reliable car. I recommend to anyone, get a Buick!

3 out of 5 stars, Watch that tranny
Super 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

Replaced transmission at 53,000 miles, luckily it was still under warranty. Come on gm your making the imports look better. Got excellent service from Moses gm though. Update on Lucerne: 12-7-16 traded in the Lucerne for a 2012 Honda Accord EX-l V6 and couldn't be happier. No more GM!

5 out of 5 stars, Wanted a Buick
Audge Flood,
CXL 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

The ONLY problem I have with the car is the lane visibility in the drivers side mirror. It creates a "blind" spot that I have never had on any other car. Other than that, I am very pleased with it so far.

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Features & Specs

CXL 4dr Sedan features & specs
CXL 4dr Sedan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 17 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
227 hp @ 5700 rpm

CX 4dr Sedan features & specs
CX 4dr Sedan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 17 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
227 hp @ 5700 rpm

CXL Premium 4dr Sedan features & specs
CXL Premium 4dr Sedan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 17 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
227 hp @ 5700 rpm

Super 4dr Sedan features & specs
Super 4dr Sedan
4.6L 8cyl 4A
MPG 15 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
292 hp @ 6300 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating 3 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall2 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall2 / 5
Driver1 / 5
Passenger2 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat1 / 5
Back Seat2 / 5
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.1%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Buick Lucerne a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2011 Lucerne both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Buick Lucerne fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Lucerne gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Lucerne has 17.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Buick Lucerne. Learn more

Is the Buick Lucerne reliable?

To determine whether the Buick Lucerne is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Lucerne. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Lucerne's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2011 Buick Lucerne a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2011 Buick Lucerne is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2011 Lucerne is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2011 Buick Lucerne?

The least-expensive 2011 Buick Lucerne is the 2011 Buick Lucerne CX 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,730.

Other versions include:

  • CXL 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $33,130
  • CX 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $29,730
  • CXL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $35,675
  • Super 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $44,460
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What are the different models of Buick Lucerne?

If you're interested in the Buick Lucerne, the next question is, which Lucerne model is right for you? Lucerne variants include CXL 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), CX 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), CXL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), and Super 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A). For a full list of Lucerne models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2011 Buick Lucerne

Used 2011 Buick Lucerne Overview

The Used 2011 Buick Lucerne is offered in the following submodels: Lucerne Sedan. Available styles include CXL 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), CX 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), CXL Premium 4dr Sedan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), and Super 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2011 Buick Lucerne?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2011 Buick Lucerne and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2011 Lucerne 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2011 Lucerne.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2011 Buick Lucerne and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2011 Lucerne featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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