Buick Century 1990-96

Notes: This is a low-end to average Buick car. The Century's Dynaride suspension makes the ride soft and smooth, but handling suffers and the Century is apt to spin out or roll in tight turns and more drastic maneuvers. An optional Grand Touring suspension improves handling, but ride suffers as a result, being rather harsh. Standard features for the 1990 version were few, such as air conditioning, but a driverís side airbag was added for the 1993 model year, and the fuel tank size grew; in 1994, antilock brakes were added and the underpowered 110-horsepower engine disappeared. The Century comes in a 2-door coupe, a 4-door sedan (the most common model), and a 4-door wagon. The wagon has a folding, rear-facing third seat.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

110 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

330 kg

1.32 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

110 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

330 kg

1.34 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

110-hp I-4 Wagon

$6,420

G, A

1.52 tons

1.41 tons

1+7

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

330 kg

1.33 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

330 kg

1.35 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Wagon

$6,420

G, A

1.52 tons

1.42 tons

1+7

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

330 kg

1.4 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

330 kg

1.43 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Wagon

$6,820

G, A

1.52 tons

1.49 tons

1+7

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

110 hp I-4 Coupe

500/100

115/23

59

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp I-4 Sedan

494/99

115/23

59

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110-hp I-4 Wagon

474/95

110/23

59

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Coupe

534/107

125/25

59

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Sedan

528/106

120/25

59

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Wagon

504/101

115/23

59

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Coupe

662/132

155/30

59

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Sedan

648/130

150/30

59

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Wagon

616/125

145/30

59

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp I-4 Coupe (1993+)

500/100

115/23

62

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp I-4 Sedan (1993+)

494/99

115/23

62

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110-hp I-4 Wagon (1993+)

474/95

110/23

62

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Coupe (1993+)

534/107

125/25

62

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Sedan (1993+)

528/106

120/25

62

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Wagon (1993+)

504/101

115/23

62

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Coupe (1993+)

662/132

155/30

62

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Sedan (1993+)

648/130

150/30

62

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Wagon (1993+)

616/125

145/30

62

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Century 1997-03

Notes: The Century for this last model year was redesigned in body styling. The engine is smooth and quiet, and improved in fuel economy, but complains when asked to deliver high power such as in passing. However, the 1997 Century is a good deal heavier than earlier models and the engine is thus tasked harder than the engine of earlier models. The suspension is too soft for many drivers; bumps are absorbed quite well, but the body bounces a lot after bumps and leans too much in turns. The interior is spacious, and the doors are tall and wide. The trunk is large, but its high rim makes loading difficult. The dashboard instruments are large and easy to read, but there are less of them than most other cars of this class. The controls are clearly marked and easy to reach, except for the climate controls if a center front seat passenger is carried. The cloth seats are well padded and very comfortable. Though primarily sold in the US, this version of the Century was manufactured in Canada. Only one model is available, a 4-door sedan.

Standard features for 1997 include dual front airbags, antilock brakes, and options include the Custom and more posh Limited edition, with more and more luxuries. 1998 reduced the power of the airbags so the driver and front passengers do not take such a hit in a crash, but little other changes. 1999 brought Traction Control and a tire pressure monitor, as well as a re-tuned suspension in a partially-successful attempt to reduce body lean in turns. The 2000 model year brought a boost in the Centuryís horsepower (up to 175), dual-zone climate control, a side airbag for the driver (but strangely enough, not for the passenger side), and a new Limited Special Edition with smart new trim and coloring of the grille, alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls, and a split folding rear seat. The 2001 model year brought On-Star as a standard feature. The 2002 model year brought optional front bucket seats (however, this reduces the Crew rating to 1+4). 2003 brought some styling changes, as well as door pillars and roof-rail trim with energy-absorbing foam as a sort of passenger head protection in a crash.

Twilight 2000 Notes: These vehicles do not exist.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

160 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

360 kg

1.51 tons

1+5**

1

Headlights

Open

175 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

360 kg

1.51 tons

1+5**

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

160 hp V-6 Sedan

618/124

145/28

64

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

175 hp V-6 Sedan

670/134

155/30

64

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for On-Star.

**If equipped with bucket front seats, Crew rating is 1+4.

Buick Century 2004-05

Notes: In 2004, the Century became the lowest-priced car of Buickís line. Antilock brakes are optional; four-wheel disc brakes are standard. If the Century is equipped with the optional antilock brakes, it will also have Traction Control and a tire-pressure monitoring system. A front bench-type seat is standard; bucket front seats are optional. Dual front airbags are standard; a side airbag for the driver is optional. OnStar is also an option. Climate controls are dual zone. The headlights are automatic, in that they go out after a few seconds if the car is turned off (unless deliberately turned on again). There is also a "chip in the key" theft-deterrent system; the keys have a special computer chip in them that interfaces with the ignition, and the car cannot be started without them by normal means.

The 2005 model year was the last for the Century. Aside from the cosmetic, there are little differences between the 2004 Century and 2005 Century.

The suspension of the Century of this period is soft, but tends to bounce too much on bumpy or uneven roads. Body lean is excessive to many drivers, and the car can slip in tight, fast turns. The engine can be noisy at high speed, but has smooth performance. The dashboard instruments are sparse, but well-positioned. Head and legroom in the front is excellent, but the rear seat is really a bit too narrow for 3 adults.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

175 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

360 kg

1.52 tons

1+5**

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

175 hp V-6 Sedan

666/133

155/30

64

78

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for On-Star.

**If equipped with bucket front seats, Crew rating is 1+4.

Buick Electra 1985-90

Notes: This predecessor of the Park Avenue introduced many of the features as options that would later become standard on the Park Avenue, ranging from Dolby Stereo to antilock brakes. They also used the GM door-mounted front seat belts; these are uncomfortable, make it difficult to get in and out of the car without getting tangled in them, and do not stop forward travel in a crash very well; however, it is almost impossible to drive without wearing them. Despite Buickís claims that the Electra seats 6, it is only comfortable for four. Antilock brakes did not become an option until 1986, but they were standard after that point. An underpowered 110-horsepower V-6 was standard on the 1985 models, but the engine was changed to a 125-horsepower model in 1986 (the most common engine for the Electra), and in 1988, a 165 horsepower V-6 became available. In addition, a grossly underpowered 85 horsepower engine was available in the 1985 model year, but it was none too popular. There are three models available; the Limited and the T-Type, four-door sedans differing primarily in the options set used and the size of the wheels; and a 2-door coupe.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

85 hp V-6D Coupe

$6,020

G, A

400 kg

1.46 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

110 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

400 kg

1.52 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

400 kg

1.53 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

165 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

400 kg

1.6 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

85 hp V-6D Sedan

$6,020

D, A

400 kg

1.49 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

110 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

400 kg

1.55 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

400 kg

1.56 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

165 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

400 kg

1.63 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

85 hp V-6D Coupe

368/74

85/18

68

25

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp V-6 Coupe

444/89

105/20

68

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 Coupe

492/98

115/23

68

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

165 hp V-6 Coupe

604/121

140/28

68

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

85 hp V-6D Sedan

362/72

85/18

68

25

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp V-6 Sedan

436/87

100/20

68

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 Sedan

484/97

110/23

68

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

165 hp V-6 Sedan

594/119

140/28

68

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick LaCrosse 2005

Notes: This car is the replacement for both the Century and Regal in Buickís line. It is a slightly larger car than those two, and seats six with bench seats or 5 with the optional bucket front seats. There are three versions, the basic CX, the plusher CXL, and the most luxurious, the CXS. All of them use automatic transmissions only. The base suspension tends to bump and wallow over uneven roads, but the sport suspension on the CXS offers a much firmer ride. All LaCrosses have four-wheel disc brakes, but the CXS also has an antiskid system. All LaCrosses have dual front airbags; side head airbags are an option, and there are no provisions for torso side airbags. On the CXL and CXS, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a split folding rear seat are standard; on the CX, these are options. Optional to all are remote engine starting and a sunroof.

The power steering is a bit too helpful on the CX, but perfect on the CXL and CXS. The CX and CXL have excessive body lean in terms, but the CXSís suspension dampens this. Wind rush can be loud at highway speeds; engine noise on the lower powered engine is almost unnoticeable, but in the 240-horsepower engine, can become quite loud. The middle seat in the front is really too small for an adult, and the rear seats are a bit too short on leg room for adults.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

200 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

356 kg

1.59 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

240 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

356 kg

1.66 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

200 hp V-6 Sedan

722/145

165/33

66

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

240 hp V-6 Sedan

822/164

190/38

66

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*With optional bucket seats, the Crew rating is 1+4.

Buick LeSabre/Electra Estate 1986-90

Notes: These wagons were the last full-sized wagons to be made by Buick. The LeSabre Estate, Electra Estate, and Estate all share the same chassis and body style, but differ in terms of amenities and luxury, with the LeSabre Estate having basic amenities, the Electra Estate being near luxury, and the Estate being luxury. All three use the same engine and are about the same weight. The line was introduced in 1986 as a 6-seat version, but in 1988, a third set of folding seats was added in the rear. All three have a spacious interior. They are difficult to drive, unfortunately, due to their large size, especially in city driving, with little in the way of maneuverability and a poor turning radius. On the open highway, they are excellent, with a very smooth and comfortable ride, though the low power of the engine in relation to its weight makes the vehicle a bit deficient in the responsiveness department. These vehicles also have a trailer hitch, with a 2.27-ton towing capacity. The LeSabre Estate and Electra Estate were dropped in 1989, leaving only the Estate, and such vehicles were dropped entirely after the 1990 model year.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

140 hp V-8 Wagon

$7,516

G, A

2.11 tons

1.87 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

140 hp V-8 Wagon

456/91

105/20

83

62

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick LeSabre 1986-91

Notes: The LeSabre for this period is much smaller than earlier LeSabres (in college I owned a 1973 LeSabre Ė it was a tank!), some 56 centimeters shorter and much lighter. It shares a chassis with the Electra of the same period, as well as the Oldsmobile Delta 88 and Ninety Eight. The initial engine supplied with the 1986 LeSabre, a 125-horsepower V-6, lacks power and acceleration, but an optional 150-horsepower V-6 was also available. Amenities are standard for a near-luxury car of the period, such as air conditioning, good stereo, and optional leather seats (though cloth and faux leather were more common). In 1987, the 150 horsepower engine became the standard engine, along with optional antilock brakes and "T" handling suspension, and in 1988, a 160-horsepower version of the same engine became available as an option. The "T" handling suspension disappeared in 1988. The LeSabre got a cosmetic facelift for 1990, with the T Type disappearing. The LeSabre of this period has a very absorbent suspension and firm, steady handling. The seats are designed for six, but they will be cramped if they are adults, and four adults will be more comfortable. Itís not as plush as the Electra, but the LeSabre of this period is reliable and largely trouble-free, with few recalls (most of them over minor issues). A 2-door coupe and a 4-door sedan version are available.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

125 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

376 kg

1.43 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

376 kg

1.49 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

376 kg

1.49 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

393 kg

1.45 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

393 kg

1.53 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

393 kg

1.53 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

125 hp V-6 Coupe

522/104

120/25

68

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp V-6 Coupe

592/119

135/28

68

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Coupe

616/125

145/30

68

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 Sedan

504/101

115/23

68

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp V-6 Sedan

578/116

135/28

68

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Sedan

610/122

140/28

68

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick LeSabre 1992-99

Notes: This is the next step up in the Buick line. It is a near-luxury car, with an appropriate option package, driver-side airbags on the 1992 and 1993 models, dual airbags on later models, and antilock brakes. The LeSabre is available only in automatic transmission, but the automatic transmission is a good mate to the engine, delivering smooth shifting. The 205 horsepower engine is available on 1996 and 1997 models, and gives a great improvement in acceleration and speed at a penalty to fuel economy. A Grand Touring suspension is available that gives the normally soft suspension and handling a crisper feel. The LeSabre has a "chip in the key" theft deterrence system; a special key with a computer chip in it is required to start the car. The rear doors are child-proof (they will not open from the inside unless a switch is thrown in the door well prior to shutting the door). Power windows are standard. For the 1993 model year, antilock brakes became standard. In 1994, dual airbags became standard, and the Limited Edition acquired Traction Control. The 1995 model has better climate controls and a better stereo system. In 1996, a 205-horsepower engine became available, optional keyless entry, and an antenna embedded in the rear window. The 1997 got several cosmetic changes, but was not otherwise different, and 1998 and 1999 brought virtually no changes at all. All of these vehicles are large four-door sedans.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle was not produced beyond the 1997 model year.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

170 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

410 kg

1.56 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

205 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

410 kg

1.63 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

170 hp V-6 Sedan

636/127

145/30

68

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

205 hp V-6 Sedan

724/125

170/33

68

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick LeSabre 2000-05

Notes: The LeSabre was redesigned inside and out for the 2000 model year. It was longer, taller, and wider than its predecessors. Standard equipment included dual front airbags, dual front side airbags, an independent rear suspension, remote keyless entry, automatic leveling suspension, and antilock brakes. Traction control is an option. The 175-horsepower engine from the previous LeSabre models was dropped, leaving only the 205-horsepower engine. Custom and Limited versions were also available, with a Gran Touring suspension package. The interior was furnished with a split bench front seat or twin bucket seats, at the buyerís option, and the safety belts were redesigned to reduce injury in a crash from the seatbelts themselves. Other options included a 12-CD changer, power sunroof, and rain-sensing wipers; OnStar was also available as an option in the Limited edition.

The 2001 model year brought OnStar as an option to the Custom edition, as well as a CD player and power front bucket seats. The Limited edition had StabiliTrak traction control added to its suspension, something that greatly improves handling and safety in maneuvering. 2002 brought standard leather upholstery to the Limited edition (and as an option on the Custom), and power memory seats on the Limited as well. 2003 marked the introduction of the Celebration Edition; this version had chrome alloy wheels, 2-tone leather seating with embroidered logos, and additional turn-signal lights in the side mirrors. XM satellite radio was an option in the Limited as well as the Celebration Edition (which is basically an even fancier Limited edition). 2004 brought mainly cosmetic changes, though XM satellite radio was an option on all models. For 2005, OnStar became standard on all LeSabre models, but again, most changes were cosmetic.

The LeSabre of this period, in its base and Custom form, suffers somewhat from body float on uneven surfaces. The Limited edition, with its Gran Touring suspension (and later, StabiliTrak) has a much firmer suspension that gives a much more even ride. Even with power steering, the LeSabre of this period can feel a bit heavy when turning, something that is more a fault of the steering system than the weight of the car. The brakes tend to lack stopping power. Hard acceleration can cause the engine to roar. Though the front bench seats are advertised as seating three adults, they are not really big enough for that, and the rear seats can be confining and small for adults. There are a lot of blind spots due to thick door pillars.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

205 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

432 kg

1.62 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

205 hp V-6 Sedan

728/146

170/33

68

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for OnStar; add $200 for satellite radio.

**With bucket front seats, Crew rating is 1+4.

Buick Park Avenue 1991-96

Notes: Another step up in the Buick line, the Park Avenue puts Buick into the luxury class, if barely so. Like most Buicks, the Park Avenue's ride is soft, but loose, and bounces too much over bumps, and leans heavily in turns. Tight turns may lead to sliding or rolling, especially at high speeds or unorthodox maneuvering. A Grand Touring suspension package is available, which greatly improves handling at a cost to ride comfort. The interior is roomy, and the doors wide and tall. On models up to 1994, the climate controls were profuse and mounted low and away on the dashboard, making them hard for the driver to manipulate; this situation was fixed on later models. Though the Park Avenue offers a large luxury option package, the LeSabre offers many of the same options at a lower cost.

Standard for 1991 was antilock brakes, a driverís side airbag, and a theft-deterrent system. In 1992 a supercharged 205-horsepower engine was added. In 1993, the base engine was also increased to 205 horsepower, and Automatic Ride became an option, dampening the ride in three modes. For 1994, dual front airbags were added, the supercharged engine gained 20 horsepower, a Traction Control system controlled by a dashboard switch was added, and options included a heated driverís seat and steering wheel controls for the radio and climate control. For 1995, a base engine with much more torque was added, new body styling was done, and the instrument panel was re-done. For 1996, the supercharged engine gained another 15 horsepower, as well as long-life coolant and spark plugs; new options included keyless entry that also adjusted mirrors, seats, door locks, and lighting.

Vehicles

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

170 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

410 kg

1.6 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

205 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

410 kg

1.67 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

410 kg

1.73 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

240 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

410 kg

1.74 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

170 hp V-6 Sedan

622/124

145/30

68

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

205 hp V-6 Sedan

708/142

165/33

68

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-6 Sedan

746/149

175/35

68

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

240 hp V-6 Sedan

786/157

180/38

68

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Park Avenue 1997-05

Notes: This is basically a larger, heavier and more luxurious version of the Park Avenue. The low-end V-6 has been discontinued, and the two more powerful engines retained; the new Park Avenue is heavier, but the engines are powerful enough so that is not too much of a handicap. This version of the Park Avenue is available only in automatic transmission, but this one does not affect performance, providing nearly seamless shifting. The power steering is perhaps too assisted, not providing much road feel except at lower speeds. The Grand Touring suspension package is also available on this version of the Park Avenue, but the version applied to the newer Park Avenue greatly improves while barely affecting ride comfort.

Standard for 1997 includes the Personal Choice System, a device that adjusts the adjustable seat, mirrors, door locks, lighting, climate controls, and stereo to preset levels for different drivers. Personal Choice is also tied into the keyless entry system, so that the car is adjusted "just so" when the driver gets in. Daylight running lamps are also standard, as are antilock brakes, front airbags, ands a new stereo system. Options include a heads-up display, rain-sensing wipers, and a dust filter for the climate control. The 1998 model year brought reduced-force front airbags, and options like side mirrors that tilt down automatically when the car is in reverse, and On-Star. 1999 brought a tire-pressure monitor. 2000 brought side airbags for the front, the StabiliTrak system (a type of all-wheel drive), and anchors for a child seat in the rear. 2001 brought an ultrasonic-based rear sensor to detect obstacles, and standard leather upholstery and an interior memory system. 2002 brought steering wheel stereo and climate controls. 2003 brought primarily cosmetic changes. 2004 brought OnStar as an option on base model (the Custom) and as a standard feature on the Ultra (the one with the 240-horsepower engine). Also optional on both is a heads-up display. The 2005 model year brings mostly cosmetic changes, but also brings a self-leveling suspension.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The 1997 model year is the only version of this vehicle available.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

205 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,352

G, A

410 kg

1.7 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

240 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,752

G, A

410 kg

1.77 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

205 hp V-6 Sedan

696/139

160/33

70

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

240 hp V-6 Sedan

774/155

180/35

70

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for OnStar; add $1,000 for a HUD; add $500 for rear obstacle sensing.

Buick Rainier 2004-05

Notes: This mid-sized SUV made its debut in the 2004 model year. A V-6 275-horsepower is standard, but a 290-horsepower V-8 is optional. Other standard features include automatic load-leveling suspension, antilock brakes, leather upholstery, dual front airbags, dual climate control, and OnStar. Options include rear-wheel drive with traction control, all-wheel drive (without low-gearing), front side head-protecting airbags, adjustable gas and brake pedals, heated front seats, XM satellite radio, a rear-seat DVD system, and a navigation system.

For 2005, front side-curtain airbags became optional, while head-protecting front side airbags are standard. It is otherwise the same as the 2004 model, except for cosmetic differences.

The V-6 engine offers plenty of power; the V-8 even more so. The suspension is very good, but the rear end can bounce excessively on large bumps. The Rainier is generally very quiet, but the V-6 can get a bit loud at high RPMs. The dashboard is well laid out, but the climate and stereo controls are a bit hard to reach for the driver and can take an excessive look away from the road to adjust. On Rainiers with a navigation system, the stereo and navigation controls are integrated, and they sit higher on the console and are much easier to manipulate. The front has excellent head and leg room, the rear only slightly less, but the high headrest may give problems to short drivers, and thick roof pillars cause large blind spots. The rear seat is a 60/40 split folding seat, and allows for generous cargo space. Standard Rainiers have a towing capacity of 2.86 tons; all-wheel drive versions can tow 2.81 tons.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

275 hp V-6 SUV

$8,716

G, A

1.08 tons

2.1 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

290 hp V-8 SUV

 

G, A

1.08 tons

2.11 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

275 hp V-6 SUV

750/188

175/44

83

123

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

290 hp V-8 SUV

784/196

180/47

83

129

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for OnStar; add $10,000 for a navigation system; add $200 for satellite radio; add $400 for DVD system.

Buick Regal 1990-96

Notes: This is Buick's midsize car for mass consumption. It can be described as "almost near-luxury," with a good option package and many luxury features. Crash ratings on all models are good, except for the 1994 model, which tends to sustain a great deal more body and engine damage in collisions due to differences in design. The 1990 model had a total of 9 recalls, but other model years had far fewer, and most of these were for minor issues. The ride is very good, and the interior and trunk are spacious. Most model years only produced 4-door sedans, though in 1990 a 2-door coupe was also produced. The Regal was produced only with automatic transmission, and it is a good one. Early Regals suffer from a poor dashboard layout, with many instruments blocked by the steering wheel and climate and stereo controls difficult for the driver to manipulate. The factory producing this car is located in Canada.

Standard features for the 1990 model are sparse other than items like stereos and air conditioning, but options included antilock brakes. In the 1991 model year, a four-door sedan was added to the Regal range; in addition, a more powerful engine was put into this sedan. Otherwise, there were only cosmetic changes. The 1992 model year brought standard antilock brakes to the Gran Sport version and Limited edition, but they remained an option on the Custom edition (the standard Regal). 1993 brought a new electronic automatic transmission and more cosmetic changes. 1994 brought a driverís side airbag, standard antilock brakes for all models, 25 more horsepower for the base engines, power windows became standard, and in a novel feature, the power locks would automatically open when the car was placed into Park. In 1995, the Regal gained dual front airbags, and a modified interior that included more comfortable seats and a modified dashboard layout. Coupes now came in Gran Sport and Limited editions as well as the sedan. In 1996, the most powerful engine gained 35 horsepower,

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

135 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

350 kg

1.47 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

350 kg

1.48 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

205 hp V-6 Coupe

$7,220

G, A

350 kg

1.56 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

135 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.51 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.52 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

357 kg

1.53 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

205 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

357 kg

1.6 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

135 hp V-6 Coupe

548/109

125/25

63

60

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Coupe

630/126

145/30

63

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

205 hp V-6 Coupe

754/151

175/35

63

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

135 hp V-6 Sedan

534/107

125/25

63

60

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Sedan

614/123

140/28

63

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 Sedan

642/129

150/30

63

75

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

205 hp V-6 Sedan

736/147

170/35

63

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Regal 1997-04

Notes: The Regal was greatly redesigned for the 1997 model year, becoming larger, but more streamlined. A more powerful engine is installed, along with the option for an even more powerful supercharged V-6. The transmission is excellent, providing smooth shifting and acceleration; however, only an automatic transmission is produced for the Regal. Though the car was advertised as a sports sedan, the Regal leans more towards comfort than performance; steering response can be slow, and the ride can be a bit bouncy over bumps. Cornering is better than previous models and most other Buick cars, however. The interior is spacious, as is the trunk; however, the trunk lip is high and this can impede loading. This version of the Regal was produced only in a 4-door sedan. It was built in Canada.

Standard features for the 1997 model year include separate-zone climate controls, front airbags, antilock brakes, and variable-assist power steering. Options include leather upholstery for the GS version as well as the more powerful engine mentioned above. For the 1998 model year, the airbags became reduced in power to avoid occupant injury from the airbags themselves in a crash, but it is otherwise little changed. 1999 saw suspension improvements to make the ride smoother and also improve body lean in turns. A tire inflation monitor became standard, and the lower-powered engine gained 5 horsepower. The 2000 model year brought a split folding rear seat, a side airbag for the driver (but not the front-seat passenger), optional leather upholstery for the LS (the base model), and optional alloy wheels for the GS. OnStar also became an option for the GS version. In 2001, OnStar became standard in the GS version, and an optional Joseph Abboud package for the GS added new fashion touches and Gran Touring suspension. 2002 brought steering wheel stereo and driverís side climate controls to the GS model. The 2003 model has door pillars and roof rail trim filled with energy-absorbing foam, giving some side protection for the heads of passengers. The 2004, the final model year for the Regal, had mostly cosmetic changes; it was replaced by the LaCrosse the next model year.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The 1997 version of the Regal was one of the last Buicks produced before the November Nuclear Strikes.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

195 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

365 kg

1.56 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

200 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,220

G, A

365 kg

1.56 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

240 hp V-6 Sedan

$7,620

G, A

365 kg

1.63 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

195 hp V-6 Sedan

718/143

165/33

64

87

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

200 hp V-6 Sedan

736/147

170/35

64

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

240 hp V-6 Sedan

836/167

195/38

64

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for OnStar.

Buick Rendezvous 2004-05

Notes: This is a mid-sized SUV, slightly smaller on the exterior than the Rainier, but larger in the interior, with a folding third seat for more passengers. The Rendezvous comes in CX, CXL, and Ultra versions, with escalating trim and luxury levels. The CX and CXL have a 185 hp engine with both front wheel drive and traction control or all-wheel drive with no low-range gearing. The Ultra has all-wheel drive and a 245-horsepower engine. All of them have automatic transmission only. Antilock brakes and front side airbags are options on the CX, standard on the CXL and Ultra. All have dual front airbags. The CX and CXL normally have bench second row seating (split folding), but bucket seats are an option. (They are standard on the Ultra.) The third row seat is a folding 2-passenger seat, but this is only an option on the CX and CXL, while it is standard on the Ultra. Additional features, standard on the Ultra and optional on the CX and CXL, include rear-obstacle detection (using ultrasonics), XM satellite radio, and a heads-up display. A rear-seat DVD system is standard on but the CX. OnStar is standard on all but the CX. Optional on all is a navigation system. The Rendezvous is equipped with VersaTrak, which is basically an SUV counterpart to StabiliTrak. A towing package is an option; with it, the Rendezvous can tow 1.59 tons; without it, 907 kg is the maximum.

For 2005, the 245-horsepower engine becomes an option for the CXL. The bucket second-row seats and the folding third-row seat becomes an option on all models except the Ultra (where they are standard). OnStar becomes an option on the CX. A sunroof becomes an option on the CXL.

The 185-horsepower engine is underpowered for the Rendezvous, but the transmission is smooth with both engines. The ride tends to be a bit floaty, especially over uneven surfaces and in tight turns (where body lean is also a problem). Steering tends to be vague in feeling. Torque steer, tugging the vehicle to one side or another, can be a problem in hard stops. The tire noise can be loud, as can the sound of the almost always laboring 185-horsepower engine. The instruments and controls are well laid out, but the colors of the knobs and writing do not contrast well, and are hard to read. In addition, the writing is a bit too small on the CXL and Ultra versions. On vehicles with a navigation system, however, the controls are integrated with the mapscreen and easy to use. Leg room is good in front, though head room is not for the tall. In the second row, the seats are best pushed all the way back for adults. The third row seats are best for children. Thick door pillars create large blind spots.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist.

Vehicle

Price*

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

185 hp V-6 SUV

$7,584

G, A

1.4 tons

1.93 tons

1+6**

1

Headlights

Open

245 hp V-6 SUV

$7,984

G, A

1.4 tons

2.01 tons

1+6**

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

185 hp V-6 SUV

568/141

130/34

68

82

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

245 hp V-6 SUV

704/176

165/41

68

109

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $10,000 for OnStar; add $1,000 for a HUD; add $5,000 for rear-obstacle sensing; add $200 for satellite radio; add $400 for a DVD system; add $10,000 for a navigation system.

**If the second row has bucket seats, Crew rating is 1+5.

Buick Riviera 1989-93

Notes: This earlier version of the Riviera shares a chassis and part of the body with the Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado of the same period. It is a slightly smaller vehicle than the later version, but less aerodynamic and uses a much less powerful engine than either of the ones on the 1995-97 models. The 1989 model has a huge liability, the Graphic Control Center. This is basically a large touch screen that controls the stereo and climate controls. It is very unreliable and breaks easily, and is not easily repaired.

For 1990, the Graphic Control Center was dumped, and nearly 28 centimeters were added to the length of the car, with increases in the interior space. A driverís side airbag became standard. Options included antilock brakes, a Gran Touring suspension, and quicker-ratio power steering. For 1991, antilock brakes became standard, the automatic transmission became more responsive, and engine power was increased by 5 horsepower. In 1992, solar-control glass became standard, and the antilock brakes became more effective. For the 1993 model year, the Gran Touring package got larger aluminum wheels, but other changes were merely cosmetic.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

165 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.59 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

370 kg

1.59 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

165 hp V-6 Coupe

608/122

140/28

76

73

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-6 Coupe

626/125

145/30

76

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Riviera 1995-99

Notes: This is a large luxury coupe produced for those customers that want comfort, features, and performance. The ride is excellent, with noise, vibration, and harshness nearly absent. Despite its size, the Riviera handles well, corners tightly, and retains its grip on the road even during rather unorthodox maneuvering. The interior is spacious, with room for even those over 6 feet tall to stretch out. Headroom is generous in the front and adequate in the back. The doors are large and heavy. The dashboard, however is not well designed; the instrument panel is large and the instruments too far apart, especially the speedometer and tachometer. The steering wheel blocks the controls for the cruise control and headlights. Visibility is restricted through the rear window due to the big shelf.

The Riviera did disappear for a year; however, it was back in the 1995 model year, with standard bench seats front and back (with leather-upholstered bucket front seats optional). The exterior of the Riviera was extensively remodeled, looking nothing like the previous block of Rivieras; the new shape was larger and aerodynamic. Also standard were dual front airbags, antilock brakes, full analog instrumentation, and 6-way power front seats. Traction control was an option, but a popular one. The base engine was much more powerful than previous Rivieras, and a supercharged engine was also available. The 1996 model year brought a supercharged engine option that was 15 horsepower more powerful than the original. Long-life spark plugs and coolant was added to both engines. Standard equipment included a keyless entry system with Personal Choice, which automatically adjusts the seats, climate controls, stereo, and mirrors according to stored user preferences. (Two stored settings are possible.) The 1997 model year brought daylight running lamps and an electronic torque clutch, but most changes were merely cosmetic. 1998 saw the base engine being dropped, with the supercharged 240-horsepower engine becoming the only engine available. The front bench seat was also dropped, with bucket seats becoming standard. By the 1999 model year, however, sales of the Riviera had hit such a slump that only about 2000 were built, and the line was dropped in mid-year. The only changes for the 1999 model year were cosmetic.

Twilight 2000 Notes: The 1997 model year was the last one for the Riviera.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

205 hp V-6 Coupe

$7,220

G, A

385 kg

1.67 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

225 hp V-6 Coupe

$7,620

G, A

385 kg

1.73 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

240 hp V-6 Coupe

 

G, A

385 kg

1.73 tons

1+5*

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

205 hp V-6 Coupe

708/142

165/33

76

91

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

225 hp V-6 Coupe

746/149

175/35

76

100

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

240 hp V-6 Coupe

792/158

185/38

76

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*With bucket front seats, Crew rating is 1+4.

Buick Roadmaster 1991-96

Notes: This is the largest car in the Buick line, and one of the best appointed. The name was last used (before this series) in 1958. It includes a luxury package, a trailer tow hitch (able to tow 2.27 tons), and ample interior and trunk room. The suspension is firmer than other Buick cars, without sacrificing the comfortable ride. Steering is more accurate. The big V-8 engines (three available) give a great deal of power, but much of this is soaked up by the Roadmaster's weight. The Roadmaster comes in a 4-door sedan and 4-door wagon configurations. Rear visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars in the rear.

The 1991 version had only one engine available: a 170-horsepower V-8 that is underpowered considering the weight of the Roadmaster. Standard features include antilock brakes and a driverís side airbag (on a tilt steering wheel). Only automatic transmission is available. The wagon version has side wood-grain panels, and three rows of seats (though the rearmost seats are small and best suited for children). The sedan version was not available yet in the 1991 model year. In 1992 the sedan joined the line, and the 170-horsepower engine was replaced by a 180-horsepower V-8. (This was still basically underpowered.) 1993 model year brought only cosmetic changes. 1994 brought dual front airbags, and a massive increase in power with the introduction of a 260-horsepower V-8. The dashboard was also redesigned, making it easier to read and find the instruments, and the climate controls were mounted higher and within easier reach of the driver. The 1995 model year brought long-life transmission fluid, larger, folding side mirrors, larger stereo controls, a shade for the "vista roof" of the wagon version, and a cargo cover for the wagon. 1996 was the final year for the Roadmaster, and brought long-life coolant (rated at 100,000 miles), and automatic climate control.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

170 hp V-8 Wagon

$7,552

G, A

2 tons

2.07 tons

1+7

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-8 Wagon

$7,952

G, A

2 tons

2.13 tons

1+7

1

Headlights

Open

260 hp V-8 Wagon

$8,352

G, A

2 tons

2.22 tons

1+7

1

Headlights

Open

170 hp V-8 Sedan

$7,154

G, A

455 kg

1.91 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

180 hp V-8 Sedan

$7,552

G, A

455 kg

1.97 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

260 hp V-8 Sedan

$7,952

G, A

455 kg

2.07 tons

1+5

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

170 hp V-8 Wagon

496/99

115/23

87

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-8 Wagon

534/107

125/25

87

85

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

260 hp V-8 Wagon

678/136

155/33

87

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

170 hp V-8 Sedan

532/106

124/25

87

76

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

180 hp V-8 Sedan

544/109

125/25

87

80

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

260 hp V-8 Sedan

724/145

165/33

87

107

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Skyhawk 1985-89

Notes: This subcompact was a part of the J-car family, used to make several different cars. It was introduced as a 2-door notchback coupe, but in 1986, the model was expanded to include a 3-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 5-door wagon. They were sort of strange, in that though they were subcompact cars, they were luxury-equipped, with a lot of amenities. Most of the engines used were basically underpowered, though the light weight helps mitigate this, and a turbocharged I-4 was available starting in 1986 that had serious power at 150 horses, and grew to 165 horses in 1987. Unfortunately, these powerful engines were not available after the 1988 model year, and in its final year, only a 90-horsepower engine was available.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

84 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

$6,020

G, A

280 kg

1.09 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

86 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

280 kg

1.09 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

90 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

280 kg

1.09 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

96 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

280 kg

1.09 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp V-6 2-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

280 kg

1.1 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

130 hp V-6 2-Door Coupe

$6,820

G, A

280 kg

1.1 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

$6,820

G, A

280 kg

1.12 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

$6,820

G, A

280 kg

1.13 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

84 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

$6,020

G, A

568 kg

1.1 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

86 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

568 kg

1.1 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

90 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

568 kg

1.1 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

96 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

568 kg

1.1 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp V-6 3-Door Coupe

$6,420

G, A

568 kg

1.11 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

130 hp V-6 3-Door Coupe

$6,820

G, A

568 kg

1.11 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

$6,820

G, A

568 kg

1.12 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

$6,820

G, A

568 kg

1.13 tons

1+3

1

Headlights

Open

84 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

$6,020

G, A

300 kg

1.11 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

86 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.11 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

90 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.11 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

96 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.11 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp V-6 4-Door Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

130 hp V-6 4-Door Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.13 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.14 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

84 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

$6,020

G, A

844 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

86 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

$6,420

G, A

844 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

90 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

$6,420

G, A

844 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

96 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

$6,420

G, A

844 kg

1.12 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp V-6 5-Door Wagon

$6,420

G, A

844 kg

1.13 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

130 hp V-6 5-Door Wagon

$6,820

G, A

844 kg

1.13 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

$6,820

G, A

844 kg

1.14 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

$6,820

G, A

844 kg

1.15 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

84 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

470/94

110/23

51

37

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

86 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

476/95

110/23

51

38

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

90 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

496/99

115/23

51

40

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

96 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

528/106

120/25

51

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp V-6 2-Door Coupe

632/126

145/30

51

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

130 hp V-6 2-Door Coupe

682/137

160/33

51

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

766/153

175/35

51

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-4 2-Door Coupe

802/161

185/38

51

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

84 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

466/93

110/23

53

37

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

86 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

472/95

110/23

53

38

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

90 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

492/98

115/23

53

40

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

96 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

524/105

120/25

53

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp V-6 3-Door Coupe

616/125

145/30

53

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

130 hp V-6 3-Door Coupe

678/135

155/33

53

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

766/153

175/35

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-4 3-Door Coupe

802/161

185/38

53

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

84 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

462/93

105/23

51

37

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

86 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

470/94

110/23

51

38

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

90 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

488/98

115/23

51

40

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

96 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

520/104

120/25

51

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp V-6 4-Door Sedan

622/124

145/30

51

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

130 hp V-6 4-Door Sedan

672/134

155/30

51

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

760/152

175/35

51

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-4 4-Door Sedan

796/159

185/38

51

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

84 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

460/92

105/23

53

37

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

86 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

466/93

110/23

53

38

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

90 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

484/97

110/23

53

40

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

96 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

516/103

120/25

53

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp V-6 5-Door Wagon

616/123

145/28

53

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

130 hp V-6 5-Door Wagon

666/133

155/30

53

58

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

754/151

175/35

53

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-4 5-Door Wagon

790/158

185/38

53

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Skylark/Somerset 1985-91

Notes: Like later models, this is Buick's smallest car of the period. It is based on a scaled-down Regal chassis of the same time period. The body was made of cheap, rolled sheetmetal coupled with a strong frame that reacted surprisingly well to impacts despite its light construction. However, they have those notorious GM door-mounted seat belts that do not stop forward motion very well, tangle the driver when getting into and out of the front seats, but are difficult to avoid using. This is a lighter car than the later models, but physically only 31 millimeters narrower and the same length and height.

This car was originally known as the Regal Somerset when introduced in 1985, and it was available with few features or luxuries and a choice of two engines, both underpowered and their performance only partially mitigated by the Regal Somersetís light weight. The lower-power engine has a choice between manual or automatic transmission, but the more powerful 125-horsepower V-6 came only with automatic transmission. In the 1986 model year, the line added a 4-door sedan and the "Regal" part of the name was dropped. In 1987, 5 horsepower were added to the base engine and 10 to the V-6. In 1988, the manual transmission option was dropped completely, and a new 150-horsepower I-4 engine was added; the name of the car was also changed to Skylark. In 1989, a new 160-horsepower V-6 was added, and the base engine became a 110-horsepower I-4. In 1990, the 150-horsepower I-4 became a 160-horsepower I-4, but this is a rather noisy engine and was not very popular. A Gran Sport version was introduced in 1991 with antilock brakes, but the "Gran Sport" is otherwise not as sporty as the name might suggest.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

92 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.26 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

98 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.26 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

110 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.27 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.28 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

135 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.28 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.29 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.29 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.3 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

92 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.29 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

98 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.29 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

110 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.3 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

125 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

135 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.32 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.32 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.33 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

92 hp I-4 Coupe

450/90

105/20

58

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

98 hp I-4 Coupe

472/94

110/23

58

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp I-4 Coupe

518/104

120/25

58

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 Coupe

574/115

135/28

58

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

135 hp V-6 Coupe

618/124

145/28

58

60

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

674/135

155/30

58

69

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-4 Coupe

712/142

165/33

58

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 V-6 Coupe

670/134

155/30

58

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

92 hp I-4 Sedan

440/88

100/20

58

41

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

98 hp I-4 Sedan

462/92

105/23

58

43

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

110 hp I-4 Sedan

508/102

115/23

58

49

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

125 hp V-6 Sedan

562/113

130/25

58

55

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

135 hp V-6 Sedan

606/121

140/28

58

60

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

660/132

155/30

58

69

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp I-4 Sedan

698/139

160/33

58

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Sedan

692/138

160/33

58

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Skylark 1992-97

Notes: The Skylark is what you get when you ask Buick for a budget sports sedan or coupe. You get low cost coupled with some nice features, but underpowered engines and poor ride in the base versions. The sports suspension gives you better handling and a better ride. Road noise is a problem on all versions, which becomes a louder and louder roar as speed increases. Stopping is fast and sure due to standard antilock brakes, but the airbags are driver-only on the 1994 and 1995 models. Rear seat space is a bit cramped, and getting to those back seats can be difficult, even on 4-door models. The trunk has ample size, but the opening is narrow.

The 1994 Skylark is a bit larger than its predecessor. It comes in base and Gran Sport versions, and 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan models, with the base version having the base engine, and the Gran Touring having a more powerful 150-horsepower engine. Standard features for both included antilock brakes, power door locks, and a split folding rear seat. They still had the cumbersome automatic front seat belts. For 1993, Automatic Ride Control became an option, and a stripped entry level model joined the series, with an engine developing 5 horsepower less and having much less amenities. The name of the former base model was changed to the Limited. The rear seats had a child-height anchor for the seat belts. In 1994, in an effort to cut costs, the most powerful engine was replaced with a slightly smaller one developing 5 less horsepower; however, a driverís side airbag was added, as well as an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, replacing the 3-speed automatic transmission For the 1995 model year, a new engine was added: a 150-horsepower I-4. The suspension was improved, and the transmission fluid became long-life fluid good for 100,000 miles (or 5 years). In 1996, the Skylark gained a passenger-side airbag, the styling was toned down, and the dashboard was redesigned (previous model years were criticized for poor dashboard layout). 1997 brought only cosmetic changes.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

115 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.31 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.38 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

155 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.38 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Coupe

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.38 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

115 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.33 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

120 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,420

G, A

300 kg

1.33 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

150 hp I-4 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.4 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

155 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.4 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

160 hp V-6 Sedan

$6,820

G, A

300 kg

1.4 tons

1+4

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

115 hp I-4 Coupe

526/105

120/25

58

51

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Coupe

542/108

125/25

58

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Coupe

634/127

145/30

58

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

155 hp V-6 Coupe

654/131

150/30

58

69

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Coupe

670/134

155/30

58

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

115 hp I-4 Sedan

518/104

120/25

58

51

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

120 hp I-4 Sedan

534/107

125/25

58

53

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

150 hp I-4 Sedan

616/125

145/30

58

67

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

155 hp V-6 Sedan

646/129

150/30

58

69

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

160 hp V-6 Sedan

662/132

155/30

58

71

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Buick Terraza 2005

Notes: Buickís first minivan arrived in the 2005 model year to little fanfare. It is basically an SUV shaped into a minivan, with the nose especially still shaped like an SUV, and Buick calls it a "crossover sports van." The Terraza comes in CX and plusher CXL versions. Both have three rows of seats, with the first two being bucket seats and the third row being a split/folding bench seat. The middle row bucket seats are both folding and removable. The CX has a power sliding passenger-side door; the CXL has such a door on both sides. Both have a 200-horsepower V-6, and have front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive versions are equipped with StabiliTrak antiskid/traction control. Dual front airbags are standard on both models, but head-protecting front side airbags are also standard on the CXL and optional on the CX. Standard on both versions are OnStar, antilock brakes, a CD/Radio/MP3 player, rear-seat DVD system, and a roof-rail baggage carrier with optional snap-on carrier modules. Rear air conditioning is standard on the CXL, but optional on the CX. The CXL also has leather upholstery and ultrasonic rear obstacle detection. Options for both versions include XM satellite radio and remote keyless entry. A navigation system appeared later in model year as another option.

The weight of the vehicle is felt during hard stops, where the Terraza does not stop as fast as it should. The ride is very comfortable, with bumps dampened out to a large degree (the load-leveling suspension helps this a lot). The steering can be a bit vague in feel, especially at highway speeds. There is marked body lean, but not to the point where the Terraza feels as if it is going to roll. The dashboard gauges are easy to find and read, and there are numerous drawers and compartments for storage in the vehicle. The side mirrors, oddly enough, generate a lot of wind noise, and the tires also do so in the rear of the vehicle, to the point where passengers in the back and front may not be able to communicate without shouting. The seats have good head and leg room, though the third row seats are a bit low to the floor and are perhaps better suited for children. Access to those seats can also be a squeeze.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This vehicle does not exist.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

200 hp V-6 Minivan

$18,452

G, A

1.69 tons

2.03 tons

1+6

1

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

200 hp V-6 Minivan

580/116

135/28

95

89

Stnd

W(2)

HF1 HS1 HR1

*Add $5,000 for rear-obstacle sensing; add $200 for satellite radio; add $10,000 for a navigation system.