A Large Car From Buick: The Buick Lucerne CXS
They say that once you own a Buick, you will love it and would not change brands for a lifetime. That is mainly because of the kind of comfort that this car gives to the owners. In the past, the brand employed rear wheel drive on their cars, but in the advent of cars, that has to change. Current car models of the company now use the standard front wheel drive for two wheel drive vehicles. One of these is the Buick Lucerne, the successor of the LeSabre, the original “large car” of the company.
But how does it compare to its predecessor? Surely, since both of them use same Buick parts, performance may not be far apart. Inheriting the title “large car”, the Lucerne really upped the ante by increasing the wheelbase by three inches, not putting the title it has been bestowed in shame. It also has a large trunk on its rear end which is capable of carrying large amounts of luggage and once again cementing itself as a bona fide “large car”. Comfort for the passenger is also an aspect where the old and the new differed, the Lucerne only offers bucket seats for the front row while the old model has a fold down armrest which turns the bench seat into individual seats.
The real advantage the Lucerne has on its predecessor is in its power plant. The Lucerne is powered by a 4.6 liter Northstar double overhead cam V8 engine which gives the car a respectable 275 horsepower at 5200 revs per minute and 292 lb. ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. This is coupled with a 4 speed automatic transmission. On the other hand the LeSabre only carries a 3.8 liter V6 engine capable of churning out 205 horsepower.
The interior of the car is also given much attention. It features leather seats, wood trimmings and a more or less conservative instrument panel. Round gauges adorn its instrument panel, tachometer, speedometer, and water and fuel gauges are right there for easy visibility for the driver. A safety feature it offers is one which may have been taken straight right out of a truck. It has turn signal arrows which lights up on the outside rearview mirrors. It works just like the original tail lights. All you need to do is just flip the turn light signal switch and the arrow lights up signaling other drivers and pedestrians alike where you are intending to make your turn.
Over all, this may not be at par with its predecessor in terms of gas savings and comfort and its price tag. But the Lucerne has shown that it can stand its ground as the new “large car”.
About the Author: Corey Putton is a 28-year old bachelor from Pittsburgh, PA who has been around cars for the better part of his life. He now works online and writes all about his passion: cars. He is also a certified mechanic.