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1995 Buick Park Avenue Review
Worth a solid second look.
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The 1995 Buick Park Avenue is a full-size car manufactured by General Motors and was first used in 1975 when it was offered as a high-end trim of the Electra. In 1990, it was introduced as a standalone model as a replacement. It uses the GMC platform and is inspired by the 1989 Park Avenue Essence show car, which is evident from the several styling cues.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Park Avenue, Buick Park Avenue Ultra
The 1995 Buick Park Avenue's base engine is upgraded to a 3800 Series II engine, which is 35 horsepower greater than the engines from the previous years. The front and rear exterior styling gets changed while new radios and climate control systems are introduced.
The 1995 Buick Park Avenue is based on the GMC platform. The exterior silhouette is comparable to certain Jaguar cars including rounded lines, a large dollar-grin grille mounted to the hood and full-width taillights. The wheelbase is 110.8 inches, and its overall length is 206 inches. The width is 74.1 inches, and its height is 55.1 inches.
The 1995 Buick Park Avenue has a very spacious and comfortable interior that accommodates four adults. The seats are soft and comfortable, but also supportive. There is a sufficient legroom and headroom for everyone in the front and back, and even six people can sit inside with a just a bit of squeezing. The wide doors allow for an easy entry and exit, and the Ultra gets automatic climate controls arranged in two rows of seven bottoms, which are situated low on the dash. As a result, the controls are hard to reach.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Buick Park Avenue is powered by a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 205 horsepower, while the Ultra model gets a slightly revised V-6 engine that delivers 225 horsepower. Both engines have a four-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 responds quickly and is smooth and brisk. The supercharged engine used in the Ultra model performs well, offering a noticeable increase in passing ability. It delivers a lively and spirited response when throttled, but in a refined and understated manner.
The 1995 Buick Park Avenue don't offer particularly good fuel economy regardless of the engine chosen, but it's not that bad either. The ride is soft and comfortable thanks to the soft suspension, but it leans heavily during turns. It tends to get a little bouncy when ridden on uneven surfaces.
The 1995 Buick Park Avenue Grand Touring suspension package gives a firmer and sportier suspension that improves handling and provides wider tires for better road grip. However, the firm suspension comes at the cost of reduced ride comfort. Both the base and Ultra models have light steering and do not center well after the car is turned.
The1995 Buick Park Avenue doesn't have any crash test data available.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good acceleration
- Responsive transmission
- Spacious interior
You Won't Like
- Poor steering and handling with base suspension
- Badly-placed climate controls
Worth a solid second look.
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