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2002 Oldsmobile Aurora Review
All-American, well-designed luxury sedan.
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The 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora has a reputation of being one of the best sedans on the market as it’s renowned for having a well-appointed and quite luxurious interior combined with an understated and elegant style. It's a typically American sedan and is both sleek and stylish as well as being popular. One of the main reasons for this popularity was its solidly-designed power plant, and the fact that it is available with a choice of two engines makes it even more attractive. It was originally launched in 1995, but it was announced at the end of 2000 that the Oldsmobile brand would gradually be phased out even though the Aurora remained on sale for some time afterwards into 2003. Even though the Oldsmobile has been phased out, drivers can continue to access parts and service under warranty through GM.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-8
Models: Oldsmobile Aurora
In 2001, Oldsmobile completely overhauled the Aurora and redesigned the exterior and engines in an attempt to make it more appealing to those buyers purchasing imports. As a result, it is a very well-equipped and designed sedan and is perhaps one of the best cars to be produced by GM for quite some time. Modifications include a more rigid platform, but with a more compact body style and the introduction of three new exterior colors alongside exhausts tipped with chrome.
The 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora has always looked quite muscular, so the new styling introduced in 2001 has made it look slightly more conservative in order to broaden its appeal. The front car is typically Oldsmobile, but the rear is quite different since the large lights are reminiscent of a Jaguar. Rear fog lamps are fitted as standard on all models, and V-6 engines come with 16-inch tires, while the V-8 engines are fitted with 17-inch tires. The wheels are attractively designed with aluminum spokes.
The 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora is what consumers expect: very luxurious. Two-tone leather seats are fitted standard. Other luxurious features include chrome accents and walnut wood trim. Other features include a universal remote for garage doors, and an adjustable leather trimmed steering wheel which incorporates cruise control and audio controls. There is a six speaker stereo system with a single CD player. In addition, it comes with dual zone climate controls to keep both the passengers and driver comfortable. The cabin is very well laid out and is designed with the drivers comfort in mind so everything is close at hand. The dashboard has an uncluttered feel and includes a 27-function driver information center that is very easy to use. It has the capacity to comfortably seat five passengers, and taller people will be pleased to know there's plenty of legroom and headroom available both in the front and back seats. However, the backseat does feel a little low to the ground, which may not suit everyone. The trunk has a capacity of 14.9 cubic feet, and there is a small pass-thru from the trunk into the backseat to allow longer objects to be easily carried.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora introduces a new and more powerful 4.0-liter V-8 engine, which improves performance. This engine delivers 250 horsepower, while the 3.5-liter V-6 engine gives 215 hp. It's debatable as to whether the V-8 engine is actually necessary, as the V-6 performs nearly as well. In spite of these relatively large engines, it's fairly economical for a car of this size. It's front drive, and this means it's not a particularly exciting car to drive, but then this isn't why consumers would buy this car, as it’s primarily all about comfort and luxury rather than a sporty performance. It does deliver is a supremely comfortable ride, making it the perfect car for longer journeys as well as around town. The steering is light but responsive, and it's very easy to drive. Anyone purchasing the V-8 engine will find the ride is a little stiffer than the V-6, and this can feel a little harsh on rough roads.
The 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora is fitted with four-wheel disc brakes, traction control, and the front seats have side-impact airbags. During a collision active front head restraints are designed to move forwards and upwards to reduce the chance of whiplash. All five seats have three-point safety belts going across the lap and shoulder.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Luxurious interior
- Understated styling
- Powerful engine
You Won't Like
- Lack of trunk space
- Unexciting to drive
- Front-wheel drive
All-American, well-designed luxury sedan.
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