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2000 Buick Century Review
Just a taste of luxury.
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The 2000 Buick Century is a midsize car manufactured by General Motors and sold by the company’s Buick division. However, the Century has not always been a midsize car. Buick used the Century nameplate on its lineup of full-sized, performance-enhanced cars from 1936 to 1942 and then from 1954 through 1958. It has only represented a line of midsize cars since 1973.
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century Custom, Buick Century Limited
The 2000 Buick Century comes in a special-edition model in celebration of the turn of the century. This brings the total number of models to three for this model year. The 3.1-liter, V-6 engine provides more horsepower than previous models.
The 2000 Buick Century and Regal share almost the same exterior styling, except for the distinct grille and rear-end features in both. Both sedans have the same wheelbase of 109 inches. The Century 2000 special edition model features a blacked-out grille, body-colored side moldings, body-colored fasciae, and aluminum wheels to distinguish it from the other models.
The 2000 Buick Century claims to seat six passengers with its three-place bench seat in the front and back. This contrasts with the sportier Regal, which uses front bucket seats instead.
The Century’s front bench seat offers good legroom and headroom, although the soft standard cloth lacks the necessary lower-back and thigh support. The leather-upholstered seats provide better support and feel more comfortable.
The rear bench also offers plenty of legroom and headroom, but the shoulder width makes it difficult for three adults to sit comfortably. The 2000 Buick Century offers lots of cargo space in its wide, flat-floor trunk. However, unloading and loading the cargo proves a little too difficult because the trunk sits at bumper level.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Buick Century contains a 3.1-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 175 horsepower, which shows an increase of 15 horsepower from the previous year’s model. This increased output results from revised electronic controls, new exhaust manifolds and intake manifolds, and other internal changes.
The improved engine offers good acceleration from a standstill and while passing on the highway. The four-speed automatic transmission helps an owner use the engine in the best way by providing rapid downshifts and smooth gear changes.
The car’s soft suspension absorbs most bumps with ease, and it hardly ever bounces at high speeds. However, it does exhibit a little too much body lean and a clear lack of road grip while making sharp turns. Low-effort steering does not provide enough road feel, but it does make it easier to perform low-speed maneuvers. Although the pedal feels too soft, the brakes are powerful. In fact, the car’s front end tends to dive during severe stops.
The 2000 Buick Century includes basic safety features like dual front airbags, but it also comes standard with a traction control system and anti-lock brakes. Additionally, upgrading to the leather interior brings with it the addition of a side-impact airbag for the driver’s seat.
The car receives four out of five stars for driver safety and three out of five stars for passenger safety in frontal-impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. The 2000 Buick Century also earns three out of five stars for driver and rear-passenger safety in side-impact collision tests. Overall, the Century gets mediocre scores in these safety tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of interior space
- Plenty of features
- Good reputation and image
You Won't Like
- Lacks the refinement or smoothness of a luxury car
- Uncomfortable cloth-upholstered seats
Just a taste of luxury.
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