2007 Buick Lucerne Interior
Reviewers are largely impressed by the Lucerne's interior. The Forbes puts it in practical terms: "Five adults, or six with the optional third seat up front, can ride in complete comfort with sufficient trunk space for their belongings."calls it "roomy and comfortable," descriptors that appear in review after review. "If you need a large sedan, the Lucerne can do a very good job of carrying adult passengers in comfort and relative luxury," About: Cars advises.
Describing the interior as "fresh and appealingly minimalist," Car and Driver explains, "The shapes are smooth and soft. The details are happily integrated, like a deftly done symphony. No pretentious gestures grab for your glance. The three round dials in the cluster have understated markings. Big knobs with radiused chrome edges work the stereo, HVAC, and lights. The steering-wheel controls for cruise and entertainment are unobtrusive yet, at the same time, large and exceptionally easy to use." "Easily used controls are a relief from the increasingly complex ones and overdone dashboards in high-line cars," argues MSN. "Even the ignition switch is put high on the steering column so it's easy to reach without groping."
Some reviewers note inconsistency when it comes to interior fit and finish. Consumer Guide says, "[c]abin materials mostly of high quality, but a few lightweight plastic panels seem out of place." Edmunds also remarks on the "inconsistent build quality". Kelley Blue Book only has positive things to say, "The highly refined interior fits are tight; materials and finishes are premium with excellent attention to detail."
Up front, "passengers are granted excellent overall dimensions," according to Automobile.com, "and the seat bottom length and width will accommodate butts and thighs of all sizes." Cars.com likes that "the front seats have enough side bolstering to hold occupants firmly in place during quick corners."
Reviewers do have a few complaints about the cockpit. Car and Driver's gripe involves the steering column: "You'll have to live with GM's ancient tilt column that gives only five positions over a wide angle range; choose between not quite right or hopeless." About.com writes, "The Lucerne has the oddest driving position I've encountered in a long while. The steering wheel and dash were so far away from me that I was reminded of riding in my grandfather's lap while he drove his 1962 Cadillac."
A look into the backseat and "there's no denying the Lucerne is roomy," says MSN. Edmunds finds that "cushioning and legroom are equally abundant in the backseat," but is "puzzled by the absence of adjustable head restraints." The Auto Channel draws attention to "a sizable 'transmission hump' " that "forces the center passenger to ride with his knees just under his chin."
"Standard features are plenty," says Edmunds. On the CX, they include air-conditioning, an audio system with in-dash CD player, power windows, a six-way-adjustable driver's seat, and remote keyless entry. The CXL gets a dual-zone climate control system, wood and chrome accents, and leather seats, among other upgrades. The top-of-the-line CXS has such standard features as a sport steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, and unique seating and trim. U.S. News' Rick Newman points out something that bothered a few reviewers: "The power windows are only auto-down, and only in the front. How about up/down all around? It seems a little cheap to call this a luxury car but then cut corners such as this."
An optional Entertainment Package (standard on CXS) adds a 280-watt Harman/Kardon stereo system and XM satellite radio. An audio system with MP3 capability is also available.
An optional Luxury Package (not available for CX, standard on CXS) includes a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated eight-way-adjustable power seats for the driver and passenger, lumbar support, and memory presets for two drivers. The Driver Confidence Package includes rear parking assist, heated washer fluid, a remote starter system, and an alarm. The Boston Globe thinks this package should be supplemented or renamed, asking, "We can't be confident without it?"
A sunroof can be added to the CXL or CXS. It's what isn't offered, however, that reviewers most frequently mention. "Common near luxury items like full one-touch windows, a split fold-down rear seat and either a telescoping steering wheel or power-adjustable pedals aren't available," complains Edmunds. "Nor are HID headlights, adaptive cruise control or Bluetooth wireless capability." "I'm disappointed that you can't get adjustable pedals or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system," claims the . Autoweb ventures, "The absence of options like a navigation system will have potential buyers heading for the nearest Chrysler or Toyota dealer."
Even though the Lucerne's interior is spacious, and even though, as Car and Driver surmises, "Sasquatch will approve of the Buick's wide-opening rear doors," cargo space is limited because the rear seat does not fold down. An opening accessible through the armrest allows for long, narrow objects to pass into the sizable trunk, which can easily accommodate a family's luggage.