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2001 Buick Century Review
Economy with a taste of luxury.
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The 2001 Buick Century classifies as a midsize sedan in its fifth year of production. It does not keep style in mind, yet offers other attractions that some people find more important. The Century traditionally appeals more to folks over the age of 60. This likely results from a long list of safety and convenience features that provides ample comfort and assurance of a safe ride.
Drivers get the satisfaction of easy acceleration and good handling, while passengers enjoy a stable and comfortable ride. This marks the most likely reason that the Century receives great ratings and many recommendations from various consumer publications. It also boasts the highest rating for customer loyalty in its segment of the market.
Engines: 3.1-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century Custom, Buick Century Limited
The 2001 Buick Century Limited models now come standard with the OnStar vehicle information, safety, and security service. A new special appearance package provides an option for both models.
The 2001 Buick Century has approximately a 195-inch length, 73-inch width, 57-inch height, and 109-inch wheelbase. It features body-colored front and rear bumpers; a chrome grille; chrome trim on the body, around the side windows, and on the bumpers; power door mirrors; and daytime running lights. A solar-reflective windshield and tinted glass on the cabin enhance the exterior. The Century sits on 15-inch steel wheels. Optional features include a power moonroof and silver alloy wheels.
The interior of the 2001 Buick Century feels roomy enough to fit six passengers. In the front, it features a reclining split-bench cloth seat with height-adjustable headrests, divided by an armrest that includes a storage console and cup holders. Pockets in the seats and bins on the door provide easy storage. On the dash sit logically arranged gauges and conveniently located controls. In the rear, a cloth bench seat fits three people. A fold-down armrest that includes a storage console sits in the center of the seat. The Century features dual-zone manual air-conditioning, power windows with passenger lockout, power locks with lockout protection, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player. CD players remain optional. Automatic temperature control and rear cup holders are optional on Limited models.
Performance & Handling
The Century contains a 3.1-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It proves responsive with decent acceleration. It goes from zero to 60 mph in about 10 seconds and reaches a top speed of 105 mph. It combines with a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission that includes traction control for better control on slippery surfaces.
The 2001 Buick Century uses an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. This setup provides a smooth and stable ride. Overall handling feels good, but leaves much to be desired. The Century does not handle vigorous maneuvering very well. It also has a float-like sensation when travelling at high speeds.
The 2001 Buick Century comes standard with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control to ensure better handling. Electronic brake force distribution enables better stops. Child safety locks come on both rear doors.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Century Limited: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Good fuel economy
- Lots of features
You Won't Like
- Road noise
- Mushy seats
- Soft suspension
Economy with a taste of luxury.
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