• (4.0) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $781–$5,113
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 25-26
  • Engine: 150-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2001 Oldsmobile Alero

Our Take on the Latest Model 2001 Oldsmobile Alero

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Alero, Oldsmobile’s most popular model, gets a handful of new features but no major changes. The midsize Alero comes in two-door coupe and four-door sedan body styles with front-wheel drive and a choice of four-cylinder and V-6 engines.

Sized and priced below the midsize Intrigue sedan, the Alero made its debut in the 1999 model year. Oldsmobile lists the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and the Toyota Camry and Camry Solara as the Alero’s key rivals. The front-drive Alero is built from the same design as the Pontiac Grand Am and uses the same engines but has different styling.

The Alero uses styling as one of its main attractions to compete with the Japanese-brand cars. Both the coupe and sedan share some of the styling themes found on the Olds Aurora and Intrigue, but the Alero has more-rounded fenders and quarter panels, and a low nose/high rear-deck profile.

Both body styles ride a 107-inch wheelbase and are 187 inches long — a little shorter than the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Standard equipment on the base GX model includes air conditioning, power locks, a tilt steering wheel and a split rear seatback that folds for extra cargo room. GL and GLS models add power mirrors, a power sunroof and a cassette player. The GLS also gets a CD player.

All models come with front bucket seats, as Oldsmobile no longer offers front bench seats on its cars. The front seats have ample room for taller passengers. The coupe’s backseat is narrower than the sedan’s, so two adults is the practical limit.

The rear seatback on all models folds to expand the trunk’s cargo capacity of 14.6 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 150-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on GX and GL models and comes with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. A 170-hp 3.4-liter V-6, which comes only with the automatic, is standard on the GLS and optional on the GL.

All models have standard antilock brakes and traction control.

Driving Impressions
The Alero may not blow away the imports in performance, features or price, but it is an attractively styled, well-equipped midsize car that is worth a look. Olds is aiming at a much younger audience than its traditional buyers, and the Alero is its most youth-oriented model, offering more adventurous styling than most Japanese rivals.


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

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 17 reviews

Write a Review

Good Body

by Johnnie Ols from Willow Springs on October 6, 2017

It has Mags, along with high profile tires. Rebuilt Alternator, new serpentine belt, new shocks, new front brake pads. High profile tires, and rims. Needs head gasket. 400.00 or B/O. Great looking bod... Read Full Review

Read All Consumer Reviews

10 Trims Available

Photo of undefined
Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2001 Oldsmobile Alero trim comparison will help you decide.

Oldsmobile Alero Articles

2001 Oldsmobile Alero Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

Other Years