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2011 Buick Lucerne Trims

CX

Avg. Price: $18,117

Though it’s the base trim of the entry-level luxury Lucerne lineup, Buick’s 2011 Lucerne CX nevertheless boasts a posh ride, a cavernous (17-cubic-foot) trunk, available six-passenger seating, and comfy cabin ambiance. Standard appearance, comfort, and convenience features in this large five- or six-passenger sedan include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, power front seats, power accessories, including heated outside mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, OnStar navigation and communication technology, leather and simulated wood steering-wheel and cabin accents, single-CD player with six speakers, satellite radio, and a USB connection. Options for the CX include Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, a universal remote garage door opener, dual-zone climate control, and six-passenger seating.

Standard safety equipment for the 2011 Lucerne CX includes four-wheel ABS, traction control, and, standard for 2011, stability control. Additionally, this big sedan carries front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, OnStar emergency communications technology, and a post-collision safety system.

Powering the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2011 Lucerne CX is a standard 3.9-liter Flex Fuel V6 engine that combines with the standard four-speed automatic transmission for 227 hp and 237 lb-ft of torque. With variable valve timing, mileage is estimated at 17/27 mpg.

CXL

Avg. Price: $19,469

The midlevel 2011 Buick Lucerne CXL boasts a plush ride, huge trunk, and cavernous cabin. This posh, front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) five- or six-passenger sedan boasts such additional standard amenities as leather upholstery, multi-level heated front seats, power lumbar supports, dual-zone climate control, memory for driver's settings, Bluetooth/OnStar communications technology, and a universal remote garage door opener over its CX sibling. Additional options, meanwhile, include a power sunroof, remote engine start, and DVD navigation, while a remote anti-theft alarm is also available as an extra safety feature.

The ubiquitous 227-hp, 237-lb-ft/torque, variable-valve-timed, E85-capable 3.9-liter V6 engine, in combination with a standard four-speed automatic transmission, powers the 2011 Lucerne CXL to the tune of an estimated 17/27 mpg.

EXL

Avg. Price: $21,158

Sometimes referred to as the CXL Premium, the 2011 Buick Lucerne EXL represents the penultimate trim level of the lineup. As such, this five- or available six-passenger sedan boasts such additional standard amenities as 17-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels and a 280-watt Harman Kardon audio system with nine speakers, as well as available NavTraffic with DVD navigation. Furthermore, the EXL boasts standard rear parking sensors and available blind-spot warning and lane-departure alarm systems as additional safety features.

Once more, the 2011 Lucerne EXL trim’s 3.9-liter Flex Fuel V6 engine combines with the standard four-speed automatic transmission for 227 hp and 237 lb-ft of torque. Variable valve timing means this front-wheel-drive (FWD) full-size sedan is estimated at 17/27 mpg.

Super

Avg. Price: $22,958

With its V8 engine and driver-adaptable active suspension, the 2011 Buick Lucerne Super sits atop this entry-level luxury lineup. The Magnetic Ride Control system is touted to provide a more engaging, if not quite as plush driving experience with this front-wheel-drive (FWD) full-size sedan. Though not available with six-passenger seating, the Lucerne Super adds 18-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels, a power sunroof, remote engine start, and touch screen DVD navigation to the list of standard amenities. Options, meanwhile, are limited to such dealer-installed items as a cargo tray and flush rear spoiler, each available across the lineup. Added standard safety features with the top-shelf Super trim are the standard blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems.

In a radical break from its V6-equipped brethren, the 2011 Lucerne Super boasts a 292-hp V8 engine that combines with the traditional four-speed automatic transmission to produce 288 lb-ft of torque. With no variable valve timing and the reliable but less economical four-speed automatic, the Super’s V8 is estimated at a somewhat paltry 15/23 mpg.