1995 Buick Century

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1995 Buick Century

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Available in 3 styles:  Century 4dr Sedan shown
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Asking Price Range
$796–$5,564

Estimated MPG

19–25 city / 29–32 hwy


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THIS IS A city of old things, a place of tradition. It's the perfectsetting for a test drive of the Buick Century, America's most aptlynamed car.

From its body to its dashboard, the Century is a work of motorizedmoss -- so dated, so funky, it could be on display in a museum.

'Tis a wonder that Buick had the temerity to call the currentCentury a "1995 model." I mean, look around. What other 1995 car hassuch linear, boxy, uninspired lines? Step inside. That dashboard, withall of its angular weirdness, could fit into a scene in one of AnneRice's vampire novels.

But all is not lost. The car has some bright touches, such as thedashboard-mounted map light, illuminated interior door handles, brighterwarning lights and -- finally! -- an arc-shaped speedometer that'sactually readable.

There are other good points. But the whole of the Century is quiteunderwhelming -- about as exciting as sitting in a dank Bourbon Streetbar, sucking on a bottle of Dixie beer.

Background: The Buick Century has been around for 14 years. It's afront-wheel-drive, mid-size sedan, which is also sold as a wagon. It'sdevoid of anything approaching soul or personality.

If you can accept that, or, if it doesn't matter, the Century is agood deal. It's a solidly built machine. It's reliable, very comfortablefor five people and reasonably comfortable for six.

The Century comes with one of two engines. There's a 2.2-liter,inline four-cylinder job rated 120 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, with torqueset at 130 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm. It's an adequate engine, but it'snot much more than adequate in a car that weighs nearly 3,000 pounds.

Better to get the optional 3.1-liter V-6 rated 160 horsepower at5,200 rpm, with torque set at 185 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm. It gives theCentury substance.

A three-speed automatic transmission is standard with thefour-cylinder engine, which makes it more of a slug. A four-speedautomatic comes with the 3.1-liter V-6.

The car comes with one air bag -- for the driver.

It also comes with those ludicrous, door-mounted automatic seatbelts. Egad! Talk about passe!

Standard brakes include power front discs/rear drums with anti-lockbackup.

Complaints: Interior and exterior styling, and those goofy"automatic" seat belts.

Praise: Overall build; improved, more comfortable seats in the 1995car; good luggage space at 16.2 cubic feet; reliable familytransportation.

Head-turning quotient: Zip.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Very good highway ride, especiallyon straightaways. Dicey handling on curves. That is, the front endthreatens to lose composure on any curves taken at speed. Decentacceleration with the V-6 engine. So-so acceleration with theinline-four. Braking was okay -- meaning that especially in this car,you have to apply common sense before you hit the brakes. This isn't aperformance car. Understand?

Sound system: AM/FM stereo radio and cassette with compact disc.GM/Del co. Very good.

Mileage: About 23 miles per gallon (16.5-gallon tank, estimated365-mile range on usable volume of regular unleaded), combinedcity-highway, running with one to six occupants and light cargo.

Price: Base price is $16,360. Dealer invoice is $14,642 on basemodel. Price rises to $17,965 for the Century Custom package; dealerinvoice for that package is $16,079.

The Custom package includes leather-faced seats, power windows and,um, whitewall tires. Price for the whole Custom shebang is $18,500,including a $535 destination charge. Purse-strings note: It's wortha look. But there are much more enjoyable, competitively priced mid-sizecars, such as the Mazda 626, the completely revamped 1995 ChevroletLumina, Chrysler Cirrus, Ford Taurus, Ford Contour, Honda Accord, NissanMaxima. But, hey, none of those has the Century's historical value.

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