2011 Buick
Lucerne CX
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Impala LS

2011 Buick Lucerne CX

10.0

starting from

$30,495
"Generous room for five or even six? Check."
edmunds.com | talking about the Lucerne's seating
"The Lucerne provides a serene atmosphere with very little road noise."
edmunds.com | talking about the Lucerne's noise

Reasons to buy the Buick Lucerne CX

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Power outlets
Standard
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS

9.7

starting from

$26,470

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Impala LS

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Average number of gears
6
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Sporty performance
11.8 lb/hp
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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Average highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Buick Lucerne CX Winner: Lucerne CX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Crowd pleaser
  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.7

Cost

Buick
Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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MSRP $30,495 vs $26,470 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 19 mpg The Impala LS has OK city mileage, while the Lucerne CX is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Lucerne CX's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Impala LS's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Lucerne CX's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Impala LS's is very short

Luxury Features

Buick
Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

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Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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Horsepower 227 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Impala LS is fairly powerful, but the Lucerne CX is not far behind
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Impala LS has an OK number of gears, while the Lucerne CX has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 16.4 lb/hp vs 11.8 lb/hp The Impala LS is a sporty car, while the Lucerne CX is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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0-60 mph Unknown vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 135 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

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Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 2 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

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Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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Passengers 6 vs 6 Crowd pleaser
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Highway driving range 486 miles vs 493 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 17.0 ft3 vs 18.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.3 ft3 vs 56.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Lucerne CX's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Impala LS
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Lucerne CX
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Chevrolet
Impala LS
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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2011 Buick Lucerne CXL Premium 2011 Cadillac DTS Lucerne CXL Premium vs DTS
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Impala LT vs Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Impala LS vs Cruze eco
2012 Chevrolet Impala LS 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Impala LS vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2012 Ford Fusion SE Impala LT vs Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 2011 Toyota Corolla LE Impala LT vs Corolla LE

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