1996 Buick Skylark

  • 1996 Buick Skylark Custom Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/150
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,495
  • 1996 Buick Skylark Custom Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/150
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,495
  • 1996 Buick Skylark Gran Sport Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.1L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,701
  • 1996 Buick Skylark Gran Sport Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.1L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,701
  • 1996 Buick Skylark Limited Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/150
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,626
  • 1996 Buick Skylark Limited Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/150
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,626
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1996 Buick Skylark Review

An inexpensive compact that carries a Buick name.

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Overview

The 1996 Buick Skylark is a compact, economical automaker long known for its luxury. When it was redesigned for the 1992 model year, many were shocked at the innovative styling that featured a very pointy front grille. The rounded redesign of that grille brings the car back to a more traditional Buick look, while still maintaining it as an affordable compact.

The 1996 Buick Skylark is available as a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan, just like the year before and is available as the bottom-of-the-line Custom, the more luxurious Limited, or the sportier Gran Sport. A special Olympic Gold model is unique to the year and celebrates the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Skylark Custom, Buick Skylark Limited, Buick Skylark Gran Sport

What's New

The 1996 Buick Skylark redesigned its front end, which is the most noticeable change, but the inside receives the most upgrades. The new, modern dash is borrowed from the Skylark’s corporate cousin, the Oldsmobile Achieva, and everything down to the carpet and storage bins is new. Additionally, power window and lock switches have been repositioned to make them easier to use.

Exterior

The 1996 Buick Skylark rounded the formerly jagged front end, lending it a look more in line with its bigger siblings. The side moldings are more subdued to match the more conservative design of the front end. The taillights retain its design, which fade to particularly sharp edges as it rounds off in the back. It also upgrades the standard 14-inch wheels to 15-inch aluminum wheels. This model also includes a body-color grille and black out trim to add to its sporty looks.

Interior

Inside, the 1995 Buick Skylark is completely redesigned. The look is far more contemporary than the criticized interior of previous years, and the car receives a modernized dash complete with clear instrumentation and easy-to-use controls. Front bucket seats are redesigned and are far more comfortable and supportive than it was the year before. Another perk is that the seatbelts are anchored to the frame rather than the door, and standard features include air-conditioning and a rear window defogger.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Buick Skylark comes standard with a new 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The 3.1-liter V6 only increases horsepower by five, but more importantly upgrades the torque to 185 lb-ft. A new four-speed automatic transmission is electronically controlled and replaces the former three-speed automatic. Standard traction control and front disc brakes improve the ride of the car, though the sport suspension still doesn’t hide large bumps.

Safety

The 1996 Buick Skylark provides dual airbags that are standard for the first time, as well as the PassLock theft-deterrent system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Skylark 2.4-liter four-speed: 19/29 mpg city/highway
Buick Skylark 3.1-liter V-6: 18/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • New, less radical exterior styling
  • A comfortable and practical interior

You Won't Like

  • Unsatisfying bumpy suspension

Sum Up

An inexpensive compact that carries a Buick name.

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