1996 Buick Riviera

  • 1996 Buick Riviera Base Coupe

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1996 Buick Riviera Review

A solid, cozy American sport coupe.

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The 1996 Buick Rivera is a powerful two-door coupe that led Buick’s return to relevance in the luxury sedan market. Its interior design is accented with traditional rounded gauges. The Riviera provides an unforgettable driver experience. Power is also a given with the Riviera, with 240 horsepower (hp) running through the front-wheel drive. The classic 3.8-liter engine takes the driver on a ride that will be cherished.

This is GM’s classic Series II, providing front-wheel drive and a commanding and dependable ride. The 1996 Buick Riviera comes equipped with many driver-friendly options that make owning this vehicle a great experience in luxury and style. The car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under eight seconds. The appearance of the Buick Rivera is a conservative mix of functionality and style, both inside and out. This car is favored by darker exterior colors but has the shape of a classic buck. The interior features luxury seating and real wood trim. Optional chrome wheels really round out the Rivera’s list of style features.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door coupe
Engines: V-6, 3.8-liter
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Riviera

What's New

The 1996 Buick Riviera features a new auto-locking system to allow for keyless entrance to the vehicle. The coupe also features a Series II supercharged engine with 240 hp. With revised climate and radio controls along with interior design improvements, the Riviera provides a luxury feel in a powerhouse of a vehicle.


Due to its attractive appearance, the Riviera has been a favorite for years. The 1996 model has a powerful yet sporty shape. The performance and handling continues to be excellent, proudly carrying the torch of the Buick brand. The cutting-edge look is a definite positive.


The 1996 Buick Riviera has a very stylish interior. There is a classical look to the dash, as it avoids an overreliance on electronic devices. It has a flat instrument panel that highlights the round shape of the air panels and gauges. The back seat of the Riviera provides an unusual amount of space that will allow most people to ride in comfort, regardless of their size.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Buick Rivera handles quite well on the road. The engine is powerful yet quiet, preventing excessive noise from entering the cabin. The 3.8-liter V-6 produces 246 hp, and the four-speed automatic powers the car smoothly and quickly.


The Buick Riviera comes standard with both passenger and driver-side airbags. There are currently no safety test results available for the 1996 Buick Riviera from testing agencies such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Rivera: 19/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great performance
  • Comfortable interior
  • Loaded with features

You Won't Like

  • Low reliability
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Subpar fuel economy

Sum Up

A solid, cozy American sport coupe.

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