The 1997 Buick Park Avenue serves as an oversized sedan. Despite Buick's past with the Park Avenue, the revised model brings enough styling and class to draw in a younger crowd without scaring off current customers. Buick focuses all the goods on the Park Avenue Ultra, but the base still offers plenty for the price. Overall, the Buick Park Avenue provides comfort and power.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 205-hp 3.8-liter V-6, 240-hp 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Park Avenue, Buick Park Avenue Ultra
Buick gives the Park Avenue a significant revision for 1997. The body structure strengthens, and the exterior gets a sleeker design. The interior also sees revisions in design, and Buick introduces the Ultra model. The interior seems slightly smaller in certain aspects, but it offers more headroom. Storage space in the trunk decreases by one cubic foot. The car gets a lot bigger and a lot heavier than previous models.
The 1997 Buick Park Avenue comes in over 30 color options. Standard exterior features include tinted glass, 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows, power door locks, and a rear window defroster. The Park Avenue Ultra comes standard with auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The new design looks sleek and stylish without going overboard on changes. Massive in size and weight, the Buick Park Avenue gets taller, wider, and longer than before. The loaded Ultra model weighs over two tons.
The interior of the base model comes standard with cloth seating, but leather seating provides an option. The Ultra sports leather seating. Both models come standard with front bench seats, but these can be replaced with bucket seats. The Ultra includes standard heated seats, steering wheel audio controls, and an AM/FM stereo and a CD player. All of these standard features in the Ultra provide options in the base 1997 Buick Park Avenue. The interior also features automatic climate control and air-conditioning. With the updates in design, the interior noise decreases greatly for 1997. Overall, the interior of both models provide extreme amounts of comfort.
Performance & Handling
Buick does not change the engine for the Park Avenue. The 205-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 in the base model makes 230 lb-ft of torque. The 240-hp engine in the Ultra produces 280 ft-lb of torque. Both of these feel extremely powerful. The 1997 Buick Park Avenue offers plenty of acceleration and plenty of speed. The self-leveling suspension makes for a smooth ride, and cruise control comes standard.
The 1997 Buick Park Avenue comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Daytime running lights make it more visible to other cars on the road. An anti-theft alarm system helps deter would-be thieves. Other standards include driver and passenger front airbags. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Buick Park Avenue as having ?Good? overall safety. In the IIHS crash tests, the Buick Park Avenue scores ?Good? in every category. The Park Avenue Ultra also comes with traction control and auto-dimming exterior mirrors to make driving less of a strain.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Park Avenue: 17/27 mpg city/highway
Buick Park Avenue Ultra: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Contemporary design
- Powerful engine
- Plenty of interior space
- Tons of features
- Less noise
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