2001 Buick LeSabre

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2001 Buick LeSabre

Available in 2 styles:  2001 Buick LeSabre 4dr Sedan shown
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Kelley Blue Book Retail
$3,600–$4,325

Est. MPG

19 city / 30 hwy


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Vehicle Overview
Dual-stage front airbags that inflate at one of two levels based on crash severity are standard this year on the front-drive LeSabre, the most popular full-size sedan. Previously, the airbags deployed at a single level.

OnStar, General Motors’ satellite-based communication system, is now standard on the LeSabre Limited and as a factory-installed option for the base Custom model. OnStar previously was available as a dealer-installed option.

The LeSabre, which was redesigned for 2000, is built on the same front-drive platform as the Pontiac Bonneville but has different styling.



Exterior
Last year’s redesign resulted in subtle, evolutionary styling changes for the conservatively tailored LeSabre. The overall length is 200 inches, and the wheelbase is 112 inches. Buick’s largest, most expensive model, the Park Avenue, is 7 inches longer overall and has a 113.8-inch wheelbase.



Interior
As a traditional full-size car aimed at an older audience, the LeSabre comes with a standard front bench seat for six-passenger capacity. The front seat has a special feature 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.



Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are standard on both models. Traction control and StabiliTrak, a lateral-skid-control system, are optional.

The current LeSabre earned a five-star rating — the highest — for both driver and front-passenger safety in the federal government’s frontal crash test.



Driving Impressions
Like sensible shoes, the LeSabre provides room, comfort and utility at a reasonable price for those with a conservative taste. It may not hold much appeal for younger buyers, but as the best-selling full-size sedan, it hits the right buttons with a lot of buyers.

The 3.8-liter V-6 engine provides spirited acceleration and reasonable fuel economy — 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The soft suspension, however, allows too much body lean and tire squealing to continue the spirited driving when the road becomes twisty.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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