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1996 Buick Century

  • 1996 Buick Century Custom Sedan

    Custom Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/185
    • ENGINE
      3.1L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,383
  • 1996 Buick Century Limited Sedan

    Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/185
    • ENGINE
      3.1L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,406
  • 1996 Buick Century Special Sedan

    Special Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/130
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,720
  • 1996 Buick Century Special Wagon

    Special Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/185
    • ENGINE
      3.1L V6
    • MSRP
      $18,135
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1996 Buick Century Review

Functional and bland, it gets the job done.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1996 Buick Century is available in both a four-door sedan model and a station wagon. The sedan is equipped with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired with a three-speed automatic transmission, while the station wagon sports a 3.1-liter V-6 teamed with a four-speed automatic. The sedan has admirable power and gets up to highway speeds in good order and gets superb gas mileage. The wagon has similar features and more power with the V-6 engine but does not get the gas mileage of the sedan.

The 1996 Buick Century have a number of excellent standard features. Rear window defoggers and power breaks come standard on both body styles. Overall, both models are reliable cars that get good gas mileage but won't turn any heads due to its outdated style.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, station wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century

What's New

The 1996 Buick Century is equipped with a standard V-6 engine, and a cassette player and a rear window defogger come as standard equipment. A remote trunk release is also new.

Exterior

The 1996 Buick Century comes with standard 14-inch wheels with wire wheel covers as an optional feature. Alloy wheels are another option as is a power antenna for better radio reception.

Interior

The 1996 Buick Century has four doors and cloth seating on the front split bench seats; leather seating is an available option on both models. An AM/FM stereo and a lighted entry system are standard, while the sedan can comfortably seat six people. The wagon has plenty of room for luggage for a family road trip. Power door locks and power windows are standard equipment on both models, and the tilt steering wheel helps drivers of all sizes be comfortable behind the wheel. A power driver's seat is an option on both models and a cassette player is an option that can be added to the AM/FM stereo. Both models have good headroom and legroom in the front while the back seats can be uncomfortable for larger adults. Cruise control is another option available on both models.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Buick Century is a family car that handles well. Both the 2.2-liter four-cylinder and the 3.1-liter V-6 can reach highway speeds in acceptable times. Consumers are for the most part very pleased with a smooth and comfortable drive and rate it with excellent suspension that handles well and is safe for driving in wet and icy road conditions. Complaints tend to be mostly about a front end that is prone to shimmy, which wear out the tires quickly. To get the best performance, many drivers recommend installing aftermarket struts to alleviate the problem.

Safety

The 1996 Buick Century have four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment. The NHTSA rates it with four out of five stars in front crash tests on both the driver and passenger sides. A driver side airbag is standard across both models, but there is no passenger side airbag offered.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Century: 21/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Smooth ride and handling
  • Overall reliability

You Won't Like

  • Outdated A-frame styling
  • Lack of backseat room
  • Engine noise on the V-6
  • Front end problems
  • Windows motor failures

Sum Up

Functional and bland, it gets the job done.

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