If Buick gets a reputation for one thing it’s creating solid, attractive sedans. The company doesn’t miss the mark with the 2005 Buick Park Avenue. Much like a dressed up version of the LaSabre, the Park Avenue offers quiet, smooth engine choices that provide comfortable, soft rides. More expensive cars fail to provide the same level of comfort in the ride as the Park Avenue. The 2005 Buick Park Avenue marks a bit of a limited edition with only 8400 units offered in its initial run. Three thousand of these cars use the Special Edition slate and feature chrome wheels with a distinct design. The Special Editions come in either black or with a platinum two-toned color combination. The 2005 model year marks the last season for the Park Avenue in its form at the time. The 2006 model shows a complete redesign.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Park Avenue, Buick Park Avenue Ultra
Optional 17-inch chrome wheels as an option on the 2005 Buick Park Avenue and a Special Edition model mark the only changes of note for the model year.
No one can think of Park Avenue without thinking of one of the most elegant and refined areas in the world. By giving the Park Avenue sedan its name, Buick ensures this connotation. The Park Avenue for the 2005 model year looks refined and elegant, with plenty of character. This car features the standing hood ornament reminiscent of Buick’s ?Golden Age.? It also highlights side fender vent ports holes. The new grille design looks impressive as well. This car fits in well at the country club, on your daily commute, or wherever it goes.
The cabin of the 2005 Park Avenue is nothing if not large and in charge. While the interior design remains a bit dated and may feel like your dad’s or grandpa’s sedan, the Park Avenue definitely feels comfortable. This sedan offers plenty of storage space. The front cabin has both an overhead and console storage compartment, in addition to door pockets in the front and rear as well. For the passengers’ comfort, it offers dual climate control and an internal air filtration system as well. The leather steering wheel helps add a bit of elegance to the interior too.
In the Ultra edition of the 2005 Buick Park Avenue, all of the comforts in the base model carry over with some nice extras for the upper trim level. The steering wheel on this model features leather and wood, and the rest of the cabin gets simulated wood trim on the doors and dash. This trim level also comes equipped with leather upholstery.
Performance & Handling
When looking to buy or drive a sedan, drivers expect a certain level of comfort and performance. The 2005 Buick Park Avenue meets those expectations. With its base engine option, the Park Avenue offers a V-6 engine capable of 205 hp, while the larger 3.8-liter, V-6 option offers a bit more at 240 hp. Either engine option makes a good choice for a smooth, powerful ride. These motors pair with a four-speed automatic transmission. Overall, the sedan offers a soft ride, but if you want to toughen it up a bit, the Grand Touring suspension with the Ultra offers improved handling.
Buick takes safety very seriously, especially with a car meant to carry around families and large groups of people like the Park Avenue. This car comes standard with useful features such as dual front side-mounted airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and child seat anchors. Rear door child safety locks protect young passengers. These sedans also come outfitted with stability and traction control systems along with a tire-pressure monitoring system. Front and rear seats have headrests that limit whiplash in the event of an accident.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Park Avenue 3.8-liter V-6: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Buick Park Avenue 3.8-liter turbocharged V-6: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Solid V-6 engine
- Nice value
- Good safety scores
- Plenty of cabin space
You Won't Like
- Old-fashioned interior design
- Ride can be too soft
Plenty of room and luxury for a sedan.
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