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1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass Review
A steal for the price.
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The Oldsmobile Cutlass and many similarly named models have been fairly unremarkable for years. The 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass does not break this mold, but it remains a decent vehicle. The Cutlass, while blandly designed, offers a competent vehicle at an excellent value for the money. It does not have the same stylish appeal of some of the more modernized Oldsmobile sedans, such as the Intrigue and Aurora, but it gets the job done well.
Few people set out to buy the Cutlass initially. It lacks flagship features and the stylish design to catch buyers right away. However, it makes a good offering with a good price tag. Buyers who give the Cutlass a chance find a vehicle that offers good performance, comfort, and power in a single package. Stiff competition, both from Oldsmobile sedans and competing manufacturers, weakens the potential value of the Cutlass, but few regret getting a Cutlass instead of another vehicle.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.1-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Cutlass GL, Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS
The 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass upgrades the airbags to a newer design that has been introduced to all Oldsmobile vehicles for this model year.
The 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass looks like a conservative sedan. The Cutlass has curves, but the overall design appears a little blocky. It might even seem old-fashioned to some drivers. The Cutlass has a fairly average length, measuring 192 inches long. Alloy wheels remain available as an optional feature.
The Cutlass GL includes power locks as a standard feature. The GLS adds power windows and power mirrors. The power moonroof remains optional on all models.
The Cutlass includes a respectable array of features for its price range. The 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GL offers air-conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. The Cutlass GLS adds leather seating and a power driver’s seat to the standard features list. A CD player remains available as an optional feature.
Performance & Handling
The Cutlass offers good overall performance. The 3.1-liter, six-cylinder engine provides 155 horsepower, giving the Cutlass good acceleration and speed. The handling and turning seems good, overall. The 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass does not impress in any area, but it handles itself well under normal driving conditions.
The 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment on both models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Oldsmobile Cutlass 3.1-liter six-cylinder: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Good amount of standard equipment
- Excellent value
- Decent performance
You Won't Like
- Already replaced by better Oldsmobile sedans
A steal for the price.
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