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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

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5 Seats
21-23 MPG
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2001 Oldsmobile Aurora Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A redesigned Aurora luxury sedan was the first 2001 model to go on sale when it arrived in January with new styling, trimmer dimensions and a V-6 engine option. The original Aurora debuted as a 1995 model, starting an overhaul of Oldsmobile’s lineup aimed at making the brand more appealing to import owners.

The original Aurora came only with a V-8 engine, but the new version also comes as a V-6 model priced about $4,000 less than the V-8 version. Starting with July production, General Motors’ OnStar communication system became standard and a three-point lap-shoulder belt replaced the lap belt for the middle-rear seating position.

Exterior
Aurora’s new styling retains the muscular look of the original model, but the overall shape and appearance are more conservative to broaden the car’s appeal. The front bears a family resemblance to other Oldsmobiles, but the large taillights create a Jaguar-like appearance at the back. Rear fog lamps are a new standard feature.

The 2001 model is built on a new front-drive platform, and at 199.3 inches is half a foot shorter and 165 pounds lighter than its predecessor. V-6 models ride on 16-inch-diameter tires, and V-8 models have 17-inch rubber.

Interior
Olds says the new Aurora is roomier inside despite the smaller exterior. Though there is enough headroom and legroom for taller passengers in the rear seat, the cushion is low and the seatback is reclined — a position some find uncomfortable.

Trunk volume is 1.2 cubic feet smal...

Vehicle Overview
A redesigned Aurora luxury sedan was the first 2001 model to go on sale when it arrived in January with new styling, trimmer dimensions and a V-6 engine option. The original Aurora debuted as a 1995 model, starting an overhaul of Oldsmobile’s lineup aimed at making the brand more appealing to import owners.

The original Aurora came only with a V-8 engine, but the new version also comes as a V-6 model priced about $4,000 less than the V-8 version. Starting with July production, General Motors’ OnStar communication system became standard and a three-point lap-shoulder belt replaced the lap belt for the middle-rear seating position.

Exterior
Aurora’s new styling retains the muscular look of the original model, but the overall shape and appearance are more conservative to broaden the car’s appeal. The front bears a family resemblance to other Oldsmobiles, but the large taillights create a Jaguar-like appearance at the back. Rear fog lamps are a new standard feature.

The 2001 model is built on a new front-drive platform, and at 199.3 inches is half a foot shorter and 165 pounds lighter than its predecessor. V-6 models ride on 16-inch-diameter tires, and V-8 models have 17-inch rubber.

Interior
Olds says the new Aurora is roomier inside despite the smaller exterior. Though there is enough headroom and legroom for taller passengers in the rear seat, the cushion is low and the seatback is reclined — a position some find uncomfortable.

Trunk volume is 1.2 cubic feet smaller at 14.9 on the new model, though a wider trunk opening makes it easier to load and unload cargo. A small pass-through from the trunk to the rear seat allows carrying long objects such as skis.

Under the Hood
New for 2001 is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 215 horsepower, also used in the Olds Intrigue midsize sedan. The 4.0-liter V-8 is unchanged at 250 hp, but now it can run on regular gas instead of premium. Both engines team with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
Standard features include antilock brakes, traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats and active front head restraints that move up and forward in a collision to reduce the chances of whiplash.

Driving Impressions
The V-6 engine doesn’t result in a huge loss of acceleration, but the V-8 clearly furnishes stronger off-the-line pickup and passing power. A bigger difference might be found in the tires. The larger tires on the V-8 versions produce a stiffer, less absorbent ride that makes for tedious travel over rough pavement.

 

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
37 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

A great buy from Olds!

by Car fan. from Pittsburgh PA on January 29, 2019

This car was as good, if not better, than my new 2001 Lincoln. I enjoyed driving both! The Olds had a V6,...whereas the Lincoln had the 32 valve V8. The V8 was also used in the Mustang Cobra. Read full review

(4.0)

FAST, SHARP, RUNS GREAT, ROOMY AND RELIABLE!

by Chipmunktrunk from Wyandotte, MI on December 30, 2018

This car is sharp and runs great! I have driven it down south multiple times and it provides a roomy comfortable ride equipped with all the latest features available at the time such as 8-way ... Read full review

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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 Aurora 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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