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2001 Buick Lesabre Review
A perfect family car.
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The 2001 Buick LeSabre is a large front-drive, sedan with a reputation of appealing more to people over the age of 60. However, more family-oriented young folks have been choosing to buy this car in recent years. This most likely results from Buick’s long-standing commitment to safety and lots of room in the interior.
Drivers of the LeSabre get the satisfaction of strong and easy acceleration and a host of convenience features that make it an easy car to operate. Passengers experience a stable ride with adequate comfort.
Engines: 3.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick LeSabre Custom, Buick LeSabre Limited
The 2001 Buick LeSabre sees only a few changes from the 2000 models. It now comes equipped with dual stage airbags and the OnStar vehicle information, safety, and security service. Also, oil change intervals increase to 10,000 miles.
The 2001 Buick LeSabre has approximately a 200-inch length, 74-inch width, 57-inch height, and 112-inch wheelbase. It features body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome trim around its side windows, power door mirrors, and daytime running lights. A solar-reflective windshield and tinted glass enhance the cabin. The LeSabre sits on 15-inch steel wheels.
The interior of the LeSabre seems roomy enough for six passengers. In the front, it uses a cloth split-bench seat with height-adjustable headrests. The driver’s seat offers power adjustment. In the center of the seat sits an armrest, which includes a storage console, two cup holders, and a coin holder. On the dash, drivers find logically arranged gauges and conveniently located controls. There are pockets in the front and rear doors allow for easy storage. In the rear, a bench seat fits three people. The LeSabre features dual-zone front automatic climate control, rear-seat climate control, power doors with lockout protection, power windows with a passenger lockout feature, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player and four speakers. Other features include an auxiliary power outlet. Heated seats with power recliners and a trunk pass-through improve the 2001 Buick LeSabre Limited models.
Performance & Handling
Both models of the 2001 Buick LeSabre come packed with a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces 205 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. It goes from zero to 60 mph in about 10 seconds and reaches a top speed of 125 mph. The engine mates with a smooth-shifting, four-speed automatic transmission that helps provide easy acceleration.
The LeSabre uses an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent rear suspension with coil springs. It was redesigned in 2000 to improve handling and reduce the floating sensation experienced at higher speeds. Overall, steering has a good feel. However, it suffers from noticeable body roll.
The 2001 Buick LeSabre comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. Electronic brake force distribution provides better stops. Driver, front-passenger, and front side-impact airbags ensure proper protection during front and side collisions. All five seating positions in the LeSabre come equipped with lap and shoulder safety belts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick LeSabre Limited: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Roomy Interior
- Lots of features
- Good power
You Won't Like
- Below average fuel economy
- Rear-passenger comfort
- Body roll
A perfect family car.
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