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The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Rick Popely
April 20, 2001
Vehicle Overview The Park Avenue occupies the top rung of Buicks four-step car ladder, superseding the others in size and price. The major addition for this front-drive luxury sedan is an ultrasonic parking assist feature as a new option. When the transmission is in reverse, sensors in the rear bumper detect when the car is close to other objects and activates visual and audible warnings.
OnStar, General Motors satellite-based communication and navigation system, is a new standard feature on the Park Avenue Ultra and a new factory-installed option on the base Park Avenue. OnStar previously was available as a dealer-installed option.
The Park Avenue is built from the same basic design as the Buick LeSabre, Cadillac DeVille, Oldsmobile Aurora and other full-size GM cars, though each has its own unique styling and features.
Exterior The Park Avenue has the same basic look as Buicks other sedans, but it is bigger. At 207 inches from stem to stern, it is 7 inches longer than the LeSabre, Buicks lower-priced, family-oriented counterpart.
Both the base model and the Ultra have a classic Buick-style grille with vertical chrome bars. The Ultra has less chrome trim and different aluminum wheels to separate it from the base Park Avenue.
Interior The roomy interior has standard seats for six, though on both models, the front bench is split 55/45, shaped for two and comes with a folding center armrest that contains cupholders and storage space. Bucket seats are optional on the Ultra.
Leather is standard on the Ultra and optional on the base model, and the wood trim in the Ultra is real. The spacious trunk holds 19 cubic feet of cargo.
Under the Hood Base models come with a 205-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine, and Ultras pack a supercharged version of this engine with 240 hp. The base engine takes regular gasoline, and the supercharged one requires premium gas. Both team with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Safety StabiliTrak, a lateral-skid control feature, is standard on the Ultra and optional on the base model. Side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are standard on both, and traction control is standard on the Ultra and optional on the base model.