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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,822 - $15,390
Original MSRP: $29,265 - $40,205
MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Buick Lucerne Review

Review Last Updated: 7/24/12

The 2009 Buick Lucerne is a comfortable highway cruiser with a spacious interior, classic Buick looks and an outstanding reliability rating. Its performance, on the other hand, is surpassed by other 2009 large cars.

The 2009 Buick Lucerne is ranked:

The 2009 Buick Lucerne follows the long Buick tradition of producing comfortable, spacious cars that have a smooth ride. However, the Lucerne’s main drawbacks are its wide turning radius and underpowered engine. With the base V6 engine, reviewers thought that other large sedans performed better than the Lucerne and achieved better fuel economy. However, the Lucerne Super offers swift acceleration with its V8 engine.

Reviewers were disappointed with the Lucerne’s transmission. Many large sedans have a five-speed automatic, while the Lucerne has an antiquated four-speed automatic transmission. However, most reviewers agreed that the Lucerne has a smooth ride that makes it a comfortable highway cruiser.

The Lucerne received an exceptional reliability rating that puts it at the head of the class. In terms of safety, the Lucerne received average scores. The Lucerne also offers average cargo space for the class.

When it was new, reviewers praised the Lucerne’s spacious interior. In addition, some Lucernes may have an available front bench seat, which brings seating capacity to six. The base Lucerne comes equipped with a standard six-way power driver and passenger seat, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Optional features when it was new included a sunroof, lane departure and blind-spot warning systems, heated and ventilated seats and an upgraded stereo.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a practical large sedan that is safe and comfortable, consider the highly-ranked 2009 Ford Taurus. The Taurus provides a spacious interior, strong safety scores and good fuel economy for a large car. While it has a great reliability rating, it isn’t quite as good as the Lucerne’s. However, reviewers liked the interior of the Taurus more than the Lucerne, plus the Taurus offers more trunk space and available all-wheel drive.

The 2009 Toyota Avalon is a top-ranked safe, reliable used car. Reviewers found that the Avalon's more powerful V6 engine offered better performance than the Lucerne's V6. Additionally, the Avalon uses less fuel. Both the Lucerne and the Avalon performed well in crash tests, but the Lucerne has a slightly better reliability rating. Still, reviewers thought that when it comes to performance and comfort, the 2009 Avalon is a great choice among used large cars.

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