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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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

What drivers are saying

3.9
23 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(1.0)

Alero is the worst car ever.

by GMHater from HORSHAM on July 8, 2019

This car let me down on a daily basis. $5,000 in repairs in 6 years of ownership. I never knew if I was going to start it in the morning, or breakdown in some way on the way to work. I got the vehicle... Read full review

(4.0)

Dependable, fun driving car!

by Slick Scotty from NIAGARA FALLS on November 15, 2018

Smooth fast and fun ride! Handles well around turns. Good gas mileage. Sunroof is nice in summer. Nice smooth powerful motor. Retro CASSETTE CD radio is nice! Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Alero received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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