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in 2011 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,046 - $24,075
Original MSRP: $29,730 - $44,460
MPG: 17 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Buick Lucerne Interior

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The Lucerne's interior is extremely spacious, and features a comfortable ergonomic layout. Oddly, it offers an optional sixth-seat, on a bench between the two front seats -- but reviewers say it's not useful. A few hard plastics and out-of-date electronics limit the appeal of the cabin.

  • "The leather upholstery on upper trim levels is soft, but a few low-grade plastics and fit-and-finish issues take away from the upscale feel." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin materials are mostly of high quality, but a few lightweight plastic panels seem out of place given Lucerne's pricing. The Super benefits from a leather-covered dashtop and upgraded trim more befitting the car's place at the top of the model lineup."--Consumer Guide
  • "Very luxurious, especially in Super form, which features niceties such as a leather-finished dashboard and a heated wood steering wheel." -- Car and Driver
  • "Church-quiet interior, which has understated elegance and limousine-style room in the rear." -- MSN Autos

Seating

The Lucerne seats five and with an optional front bench seat can seat six, in theory. We should note that the car has not been safety tested in the six-seat layout and safety experts recommend that children sit only in the back. Seats are comfortable for many but some reviewers find them too flat, and the flat dashboard can place the steering wheel far away from many drivers.

  • "Passengers are granted excellent overall dimensions and the seat bottom length and width will accommodate butts and thighs of all sizes." -- Automobile.com
  • "Headroom and legroom are ample. The seats are comfortable and supportive. Visibility to the corners is compromised by thick roof pillars." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats have enough side bolstering to hold occupants firmly in place during quick corners." -- Cars.com
  • 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." -- About.com

Interior Features

The cabin electronics in the Lucerne split reviewers -- some find them abundant, others say they aren't class-competitive. For 2011, five-passenger Lucernes get a standard USB port. Navigation and a cell phone link are also options.

  • "Head off down the road and you'll discover the cabin is a quiet place, all the better to enjoy the optional 280-watt Harman Kardon audio system.” -- Edmunds
  • "Gauges are clearly marked. Major controls are well-placed and refreshingly easy to operate." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Lucerne's trunk offers 17 cubic feet of cargo capacity, but the rear seats do not fold down. An opening accessible through the rear armrest allows for long, narrow objects to pass into the sizable trunk, which can easily accommodate a family's luggage.

  • "Lucerne has a large trunk opening, but its lid hinges intrude into the cargo area. Its small rear-seat pass through is a poor substitute for folding seat backs. Despite a two-tier center console, interior storage is subpar due to a skimpy glovebox and small door map pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Out back, the large trunk offers a healthy 17 cubic feet of cargo room. Unfortunately, the rear seatbacks don't fold down, making carrying longer items a bit of a challenge.” -- Edmunds

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