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1997 Buick Century Review
Roomy and reliable economy car.
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The 1997 Buick Century is a front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan that is designed specifically to appeal to older consumers. This is likely due to a long list of safety and convenience features, which provides ample comfort and the assurance of a safe ride. Drivers get the satisfaction of solid performance and good handling, while passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room to maneuver. It receives wonderful ratings and countless recommendations from various consumer publications. It also boasts the highest rating for customer loyalty in its segment of the market.
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century Custom, Buick Century Limited
The 1997 Buick Century gets some major upgrades including a more powerful V-6 engine, a roomier interior, and a bigger trunk. Also, it drops the wagon models from the lineup this year.
The 1997 Buick Century has approximately a 195-inch length, 73-inch width, 57-inch height, and 109-inch wheelbase. It features body side molding, body-colored front and rear impact absorbing bumpers, front and rear bumper guards, chrome trim around the bumpers on the side of its body and on the rear, a chrome grille with vertical bars, power black door mirrors, daytime running lights, complex surface lens halogen bulb twin headlights, trailer towing preparation, a fixed rear window, and soft-ray tinted glass. A power moon roof is optional. It has a curb weight of 3348 pounds and sits on 15-inch steel or alloy wheels.
The 1997 Buick Century is roomy enough to fit six passengers. In the front, there is a 55/45 split cloth bench seat that includes manual recliners and two-way seat adjusters. There is room for storage and two cup holders with pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently-located controls, and an automatic drive indicator. In the rear, there is theater seating with fixed back seats and heating ducts. It features front and rear carpeting, a tilt steering wheel, power windows and locks, a lockable glove compartment, air-conditioning, dual covered visor vanity mirrors with extendable sun shades, coat hooks, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A cassette or CD player, leather seating, and automatic climate control are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Buick Century comes packed with a 3.1-liter V-6 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. It's mated with a four-speed automatic transmission, which results in smooth acceleration and quiet operation. It's definitely not suited for any type of racing. Going from zero to 60 mph takes about 10 seconds, and top speed is clocked at 105 mph.
The 1997 Buick Century is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension, a stabilizer bar, and coil springs. This setup provides an exceptionally smooth and stable ride, and the overall handling is pretty good, but leaves much to be desired. It has a considerable amount of body roll when cornering and gives a float-like sensation when moving at high speeds. Moreover, variable-assist power steering is adequate.
The 1997 Buick Century is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, and driver and front passenger front-impact airbags are installed.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of cargo room
- Spacious interior
- Easy to enter and exit
You Won't Like
- Uncomfortable seats
- Uneasy handling
Roomy and reliable economy car.
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