The 1999 Buick Park Avenue is a front-drive full-size luxury car. It is essentially Buick’s flagship luxury sedan, competing directly with other lavish sedans manufactured by Cadillac, Lincoln, and foreign companies. The Park Avenue is spacious, super comfortable, and a solid performer, especially the supercharged Park Avenue Ultra. Both the base and Ultra models use GM’s 3.8-liter 3800 Series II V-6 engine. But while the base model generates a respectable 205 horsepower, the supercharged Ultra engine produces 240 horsepower.
The updated 1999 Buick Park Avenue is based on the Oldsmobile Aurora platform with chassis structure and style touches borrowed from the Riviera coupe. These modifications, along with the introduction of the supercharged 3800 Series II V-6 engine, took the Park Avenue from senior center and retirement home parking lots to a much wider buying demographic. The Park Avenue definitely has a much broader appeal than it ever did prior to this most recent redesign.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Park Avenue, Buick Park Avenue Ultra
The 1999 Buick Park Avenue is largely unchanged but there are a few improvements and enhancements to note. The base model now has altered taillights that are similar to those on the upscale Ultra. Concert Sound III, an enhanced eight-speaker surround sound system, is now available. Additionally, there are four new exterior paint options: Gold Firemist, Sterling Silver Metallic, Dark Bronzemist, and Titanium Blue Metallic. The base trim showcases a hood ornament while the Ultra’s grille has a tri-shield inset on its upper edge.
The 1999 Buick Park Avenue Ultra and base models are not very different in appearance. Like other cars in the Buick family, the exterior style is rather conservative. The Park Avenue has a clean design. The Buick Park Avenue exudes class, sophistication, and character, avoiding the overuse of tacky chrome, and silly overzealous styling themes, while performing like a speed crazed beast.
Both trims ride a 114-inch wheelbase with 16-inch tires. Squeaks and rattles were significantly reduced by enhanced flex resistant structural integrity and stiffness. The vehicle is 207 inches long, 75 inches wide, and 57.4 inches tall. The Park Avenue has rack and pinion steering and full independent suspension.
The Park Avenue can seat five to six people, depending on the chosen seating arrangement. Both trims come standard with a front bench seat that can accommodate three people as well as rear bench seats with a center armrest. Bucket seats are available as an option for the Ultra model. This option would obviously limit seating in the front to two people. Seating is firm and supportive. The seats seem to contort to accommodate various body types for maximum comfort.
The instrument panel is decorated with white on black gauges that are accented by a glossy strip of wood. Radio and temperature controls are mounted to the steering wheel. The Ultra’s interior has a driver info center where fuel economy, oil life, tire pressure, and the coolant level can be monitored.
Standard equipment for both trims include cruise control, tachometer, tilt steering, air-conditioning, separate driver and passenger climate controls, an AM/FM radio, and power adjustable driver and passenger seats. Heated seats are standard for the Ultra and optional for the base model.
Performance & Handling
The supercharged Ultra engine can start a little rough but quickly gets smoother as speed increases. The base trim’s non-supercharged engine is very smooth and adequate enough for day to day driving. The Park Avenue’s ride is firm and the vehicle takes corners, turns, and lane shifts without wallowing. The suspension can be a little off while traveling highways or roads with uneven pavement.
The 1999 Buick Park Avenue comes standard with daytime running lights, an anti-theft alarm system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and driver and passenger front airbags. There is no NHTSA crash test results available at this time.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Park Avenue: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Buick Park Avenue Ultra: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Super comfortable seating
- V-6 powered
- Great value
You Won't Like
- Difficult to park
- Use of cheap interior plastics
- Too many gizmos
- Large size
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