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2008 Buick Lucerne Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Buick Lucerne was new.

Reviews are generally positive about the 2008 Lucerne's interior, saying it's spacious and filled with features. However, some note that a few interior conveniences are not offered and Buick may have slacked on quality.

The Detroit News calls the Lucerne "roomy and comfortable," echoing other expert opinions. 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." Car and Driver describes the interior as "fresh and appealingly minimalist" and MSN reviewers conclude that "Easily used controls are a relief." Reviewers from Edmunds conclude that inside, the Lucerne "has a clean design with solid materials and simple, well-organized controls. Unfortunately, there are still a few cheaper plastics thrown into the mix, and as on past Buick sedans, build quality can be inconsistent."

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Seating

The Lucerne, according to reviews, is a roomy and comfortable ride, with an accommodating amount of interior space. Reviewers like the front seating, although note an awkward driving position. Up front, "passengers are granted excellent overall dimensions," says to Automobile.com, "and the seat bottom length and width will accommodate butts and thighs of all sizes." Cars.com concludes that "the front seats have enough side bolstering to hold occupants firmly in place during quick corners." Yet, the cockpit garnered a few complaints. Car and Driver's gripes about 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." Consumer Guide says there is "Ample head and legroom" and the "seats are comfortable and supportive." In addition, About.com says 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."

Reviewers say that "there's no denying the Lucerne is roomy," summarizes MSN. The "cushioning and legroom are equally abundant in the backseat," concludes Edmunds, but adds that reviewers are "puzzled by the absence of adjustable head restraints." And The Auto Channel draws attention to "a sizable 'transmission hump' " that "forces the center passenger to ride with his knees just under his chin."

Interior Features

Some reviewers find the standard features abundant, while others think that Buck skipped out on some basics. Edmunds says that standard features "are plenty" on the Lucerne's. Yet in contrast, 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." 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." Yet, 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."

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 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.

New for 2008, the Lucerne comes standard with XM Satellite Radio. Additional standard features include an AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 player. An optional Entertainment Package (standard on CXS) adds a 280-watt Harman/Kardon speaker system.

Additional Features

Available standard on the CXL and the CXS is the Comfort and Convenience Package, which includes dual-zone air conditioning, Universal Home Remote, a trunk cargo net, an interior rearview auto-dimming mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors and outside heated power-adjustable mirrors. The Driver Confidence Package, optional for the base trim and CXL but standard on the CXS, comes with a theft alarm system, remote vehicle starter, heated washer fluid, RainSense wipers, Rear Parking Assist and StabiliTrak. The Luxury Package is available as an option on the CXL and standard on the CXS. It includes eight-way power adjustable driver seat and front passenger seat, four-way adjustable lumbar control, headed driver and front passenger seats, memory presets for the driver, a heated leather steering wheel, outside heated power adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors and additional features.

Cargo

The Lucerne comes with 17 cubic feet of cargo capacity. 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.

Review Last Updated: 3/23/09

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