The 2000 LeSabre arrived early in calendar 1999 with evolutionary styling changes from the previous generation but a new front-drive platform under its skin.
LeSabre, Buick's full-size family sedan, is now built from the same basic design as the Park Avenue, Buick's luxury sedan.
Even loyal LeSabre owners might have trouble telling the 2000 from earlier models. The current model continues the same conservative stance, though with more rounded corners. LeSabre again comes only as a sedan in Custom and Limited price levels. Overall length is unchanged at 200 inches, but the wheelbase grows from 110.8 inches to 112.2. The Park Avenue is 7 inches longer overall and has a 113.8-inch wheelbase.
As a traditional full-size car aimed at an older audience, LeSabre comes with a standard front bench seat for six-passenger capacity. The front seat is a special design Buick calls the "catcher's mitt," which in a rear-end collision moves the head restraints up and forward, closer to the occupant's head, to reduce the chance of whiplash injury.
Front bucket seats are optional, but only about 5 percent of LeSabre buyers choose them. The Limited model adds a rear center armrest with a pass-through to the roomy trunk, which holds 18 cubic feet of cargo.
Under the Hood
General Motors' 205-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission and gives the LeSabre smooth, satisfying acceleration and passing power.
Side-impact airbags for the front seats and anti-lock brakes are standard on both models. Traction control and StabiliTrak, an anti-skid system, are optional.
Like sensible shoes, the LeSabre provides room, comfort and utility at a reasonable price for those with conservative tastes. It is the best-selling full-size sedan, so it hits the right buttons with a lot of buyers