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2002 Buick Park Avenue

  • 2002 Buick Park Avenue Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      205/230
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,755
  • 2002 Buick Park Avenue Ultra Sedan

    Ultra Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      240/280
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $38,265
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2002 Buick Park Avenue Review

Strong performance coupled with a load of comfort and convenience features.

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Overview

The full-size 2002 Buick Park Avenue sedan is all about luxury and a comfortable ride. As the top model and flagship sedan for Buick, the 2002 Buick Park Avenue has a style that is refined and classy both inside and out. With two trim levels to choose from, drivers and passengers can enjoy their time in the 2002 Buick Park Avenue surrounded by sumptuous interiors packed with convenience features. With the launch of the new models for 2002, only minor changes were made to this sedan that has a solid build quality and smooth, quiet ride.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Park Avenue, Buick Park Avenue Ultra

What's New

When the 2002 Buick Park Avenue models rolled off the line, only slight modifications had been made to them when compared to the previous year’s models. A new wood grain trim in Southern Walnut is used as trim on the doors and instrument panel in both models. If bucket seats are installed in the 2002 Buick Park Avenue Ultra model, a new console is included.

Exterior

From the outside, the sleek, smooth lines give the 2002 Buick Park Avenue an impression of understated elegance. Both models lack any extra external trim, and just stay true to the clean profile presented by the 2002 Buick Park Avenue. This sedan is the largest of all the sedans in the Buick family with a wheelbase of almost 114 inches, and an overall length of almost 207 inches. With a width of just over 74.5 inches and a height of 57.4 inches, the large 2002 Buick Park Avenue provides for a roomy interior and a huge trunk for carrying almost anything. The traditional Buick waterfall grille is found on both models, but the 2002 Buick Park Avenue Ultra model has less chrome trim on the exterior than that found on the base model. Both models are equipped with 16-inch wheels as standard.

Interior

Both models of the 2002 Buick Park Avenue are well-equipped with comfort and convenience features, and seat five or six passengers. Two bench rows of seating for three passengers are installed as standard in both models, but front bucket seats can be installed in the Ultra model as an option. The front bench row has a 45/55 split and is actually shaped for two passengers complete with a fold down center armrest. Even with the bench rows of seating, a sixth passenger may not be that comfortable riding in the front seat. The rear seat also has a fold down center armrest that provides storage for rear passengers and a pass through to the trunk.

Leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats, genuine wood trim, cruise control, keyless entry, and dual-zone climate controls are standard on both models. The Ultra model also has heated seats, the OnStar system, auto-dimming mirrors, and a trip computer as standard features, which are also optional for the base model. Several additional options packages include such features as a sunroof and heads up display.

Performance & Handling

Both models of the 2002 Buick Park Avenue feature a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine, but the engine in the Ultra model has been supercharged. The 3.8-liter, V-6 engine found in the base model produces 205 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque, while the supercharged version provides 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a four-speed automatic.

The emphasis for the 2002 Buick Park Avenue is to provide as comfortable a ride as possible. The plush and roomy interior provides ample room to enjoy a ride that is smooth and quiet. The V-6 engine provides plenty of power for both models, and the Ultra is quick. The transmission is smooth and makes gear shifts quickly and easily as needed. Comfort is favored over handling, so steering can feel slow and imprecise. The suspension is soft and can cause significant body lean when performing maneuvers at speed.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for both models of the 2002 Buick Park Avenue includes anti-lock brakes and dual front, side airbags. Traction control and stability control are standard on the Ultra model and optional on the base, as is the OnStar communication system. A rear obstacle warning system is available as an option for both models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Park Avenue: 17/27 mpg city/highway
Buick Park Avenue Ultra: 16/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth and comfortable ride
  • Roomy interior and cargo area
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Steering and handling lack precision
  • Rear visibility

Sum Up

Strong performance coupled with a load of comfort and convenience features.

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