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By Rick Popely
April 20, 2001
Vehicle Overview OnStar, General Motors satellite-based communication system, is a new standard feature on the Century Limited, the top-shelf version of this midsize sedan. OnStar is now a factory-installed option for the base Custom model.
The Century vies with the full-size LeSabre in a race to be Buicks most popular model. It is based on the same design as the Regal, also a midsize sedan, but caters to an older crowd with more conservative styling and a front bench seat that gives it six-passenger capacity.
Exterior Though the Centurys styling is similar to the Regals, a different grille, rear features, trim and wheels give it a unique appearance at first glance. Both ride a 109-inch wheelbase and come in four-door body styles.
Interior Only the bench seats separate the six-passenger Centurys design from that of the sportier Regal, which is available with front buckets. All models come with a three-place front bench seat with a folding center storage armrest.
Under the Hood A 175-horsepower 3.1-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission comprise the only powertrain for the Century. The similar Regal comes with a 3.8-liter V-6.
Safety In addition to the federally required dual front airbags, the Century also comes with standard antilock brakes and traction control. A side-impact airbag for the drivers seat is included with leather upholstery, which is standard on the Limited and optional on the special edition version of the Custom.