Available as a coupe or a sedan, the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero is the latest version of what has of late been Oldsmobile’s most popular model. A handful of new features have been introduced, but no major changes have been implemented. A mid-size model, it comes as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. Front drive is standard for all models, and engine choices consist of either a 3.4-liter V-6 or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder. It was an all-new model in 1999, and few changes have been made to it in the ensuing two years. It shares a design and a line of engines with the Pontiac Grand Am. However, the Oldsmobile boasts its own unique styling.
In addition to being available as a coupe or a sedan, the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero is available in three trim levels: GX, GL, and GLS.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Oldsmobile Alero GX, Oldsmobile Alero GL, Oldsmobile Alero GLS
the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero made a five-speed manual transmission available with the four-cylinder engine. The GLS now comes standard with an eight-speaker premium sound system that’s also available as an option on the GL. Other new standard features for the GLS include a newly-refined ABS system and 16-inch wheels.
The 2001 Alero is available as a coupe and a sedan. Both models boast styling that seems in part inspired by the Aurora and the Intrigue. Some of the Alero’s more prominent exterior features include rounded fenders and quarter panels, a high rear deck, and a low front end. The sedan and coupe share the same 107-inch wheelbase. They are also both 187 inches long.
The 2001 Oldsmobile Alero GX comes with standard interior features, such as air-conditioning, power locks, a tilt steering wheel, and split rear seatbacks that can be folded down to make room for cargo. Midrange GL and GLS models have all of the above features along with power mirrors, power sunroof, and a stereo with cassette player. Opting for the GLS gets you a CD player. Bucket seats are standard across the line. Front seats provide good legroom, even for taller occupants. The sedan’s backseat can accommodate three passengers, while the narrower coupe backseat has just about enough room for two.
Performance & Handling
While the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero provides decent power and crisp handling, its steering can feel unresponsive, and the overall impression of driving one is unlikely to inspire too much excitement. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine boasts 150 horsepower and is standard on GX and GL models. That engine can be paired with either the four-speed automatic or the five-speed manual transmission. The more formidable 3.4-liter V-6 is rated at 170 horses and comes solely with the four-speed automatic. The V-6 comes standard on the GLS and is available as an option on the GL.
One of the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero's unique features in relation to performance and handling is the Active Response System (ARS). It’s designed to increase driving enjoyment by employing a stiff body structure, four-wheel independent suspension, all-speed traction control, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Standard safety features for the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero include four-wheel ABS, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, and daytime running lights. In passenger side impact tests conducted by the NHTSA, it receives five out of five stars, while on driver side tests, it garnered four stars. In side impact front collision tests, it garners only one out of five stars and in side impact rear collision tests, it again earned a four-star rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Oldsmobile Alero four-cylinder engine: 22/32 mpg city/highway
Oldsmobile Alero V-6: 21/29 mpg city/highway
- Sleek exterior styling
- Performance is brisk and handling is responsive
- Interior has good ergonomics
- Even base model comes well equipped
You Won't Like
- Interior utilizes some cheap materials
- Engine noise is unrefined and bleeds into passenger compartment
- Poor side impact front crash test score
- Steering can be a little dull
Attractive styling, a reasonably powerful engine lineup, good handling, and a generous list of standard features.
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