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2002 Buick Century

  • 2002 Buick Century Custom Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/195
    • ENGINE
      3.1L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,535
  • 2002 Buick Century Limited Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      175/195
    • ENGINE
      3.1L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,565
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2002 Buick Century Review

Entry-level midsize sedan that provides economical luxury, but is forgettable.

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Overview

The 2002 Buick Century is the entry-level car for the Buick brand. This midsize four-door sedan remained relatively unchanged from the 2001 model. The 2002 Buick Century is built on the same platform as the Buick Regal, and shares the same basic design, but is lower priced. Although the cars are very similar, the 2002 Buick Century has a smaller engine and more conservative interior styling, which means that it tends to appeal to an older demographic than the 2002 Buick Regal. Two trim levels, Custom and Limited, continue for the 2002 model year.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Century Custom, Buick Century Limited

What's New

When the 2002 Buick Century was launched, it was virtually the same as the previous year’s model. All models of the 2002 Buick Century are now fitted with LATCH child seat anchors as a standard feature. Also, the cruise control system has been updated on all models. The Limited models of the 2002 Buick Century now feature wood grain trim around door handles as a standard feature. Finally, the optional Custom Special Edition now features bucket seats and a new console.

Exterior

Overall, the basic design and style of the 2002 Buick Century is the same as that found on the Buick Regal. Both are four-door sedans built on the same platform, have the same shape, and have the same length wheelbase. The height and width of the two is the same, but 2002 Buick Century is slightly shorter than the Buick Regal. From the exterior, there are subtle design cues that do differentiate between the two models. The grille, body trim, rear features, and wheels of the 2002 Buick Century are all different than those found on the Regal, which makes it easy to tell the two apart.

Interior

The 2002 Buick Century has seating for five or six passengers based on whether bucket seats or a bench seat is installed in the front. In the models with the bench seat up front, a folding center armrest is included that provides storage space inside. There is plenty of head and legroom in the front seats, but passengers may find the legroom in the rear slightly cramped. All seats are plush and on the soft side, which may become uncomfortable for longer rides.

For both models of the 2002 Buick Century, standard features include a tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, power accessories, dual-zone air conditioning, and a radio. With the Limited model of the 2002 Buick Century, additional features included as standard are cruise control, power assist steering, leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated mirrors, a power driver’s seat, and an upgraded audio system.

Performance & Handling

Both models of the 2002 Buick Century are equipped with a 3.1-liter, V-6 engine that produces 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission only. The automatic transmission is electronically controlled making gear changes smooth and rapid up and down.

While the 2002 Buick Century is built to provide the most comfortable ride, the V-6 engine provides plenty of power, both on takeoff and when passing on the highway. Steering is not as precise as it could be, and low-speed maneuvers are significantly easier than those performed at speed. The sedan experiences considerable body lean, and traction can feel slippery when cornering at speed. The soft suspension and plush seats ensure that a smooth ride is enjoyed by all passengers. Road and wind noise is minimal also.

Safety

For both the Custom and Limited models of the 2002 Buick Century, standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitor system, and traction control. The Limited model includes a driver’s side impact airbag as standard, which is optional on the Custom Special Edition model. No other airbags are included on any of the models. The Limited and Custom Special Edition models are also equipped with the OnStar communication system as standard. It can be installed on the Custom model as an optional extra.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Century: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Roomy interior
  • Decent gas mileage

You Won't Like

  • Steering lacks precision
  • Outdated, conservative style inside and out
  • Legroom in the rear can be cramped

Sum Up

Entry-level midsize sedan that provides economical luxury, but is forgettable.

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