The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a front-drive mid-size sedan and slots right in between the more compact Alero and the larger Aurora in the lineup. Now in its third model year, it has been invaluable as the storied auto manufacturer shuffles the deck in an effort to reposition its brand in the market. A highly functional, economical sedan, it was designed to compete with import models made by Toyota and Honda. It’s certainly true that it may not be the most glamorous model on the market. However, it is functional, ergonomically laid out, and built on a solid platform. It is available in three trim levels: GX, GL, and GLS.
Body styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Intrigue GX, Oldsmobile Intrigue GL, Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS
The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue introduces two new exterior color choices as well as an air filtration system that is now standard across the line. GLS models now come with the OnStar driver assistance system. Also models that are equipped with Precision Control Systems now sport special exterior ""PCS"" badging.
The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a mid-size sedan that’s based on the same chassis as the Buick Century, Buick Regal, and the Pontiac Grand Prix. However, it boasts different styling than its GM corporate cousins. It comes with 16-inch standard wheels and has a muscular stance along with understated styling. It has a 109-inch wheelbase and is 196 inches long, making it bigger than competing models made by manufacturers, such as Nissan, Honda, and Toyota. Opting for the midrange GL sees the addition of features that include foglamps. There is also a gold exterior badge package available as well as a Sterling Edition.
The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue's rear seating area is roomier than many competing models with adequate leg and headroom for even passengers on the tall side and enough width to accommodate three people. However, the rear center seat does lack the legroom of the two end seats. It has a 16-cubic foot cargo capacity that can be expanded by folding down the rear seatbacks. The dashboard is sensibly laid out and features analog gauges and a duplicate gear reading. The shift lever is mounted on the floor. Seating for driver and passengers is comfortable and supportive. Opting for the midrange GL sees the addition of features that include a dual-zone air-conditioner, keyless entry, upgraded mirrors, nicer seats, and an improved sound system. The line-topping GLS version comes with standard OnStar, leather seating, fake wood trim, and a stereo with CD player.
Performance & Handling
The well-designed 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue delivers a good overall driving experience. It has a smooth V-6 engine that provides for good acceleration. Handling is competent, steering is responsive, and there is even an unexpected quotient of fun that comes with driving it. Reviews indicate that from behind the wheel, it feels more like a modern import than your father’s Oldsmobile. The steering is speed-sensitive and provides good feedback while the brake pedal provides for easy modulation. While it's a fairly large vehicle, it doesn’t feel like it when you are driving it. In addition to good acceleration, its twin-cam V-6 also provides for good gas mileage. Across the line, it's powered by the same 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. Rated at 215 horsepower, that engine is married to a four-speed electronically-controlled transmission. All models also feature a standard air filtration system. The base model GX is well equipped and like all other versions, it features front drive, a four-wheel independent suspension, and disc brakes.
The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue is equipped with anti-lock brakes. The line-topping GLS model includes additional safety features such as traction control and an electronic stability system. The midrange GL also features standard traction control while the base model GX offers it as an option. Unfortunately, side-impact airbags are unavailable for any version. In side impact front tests conducted by the NHTSA, it receives three out of five stars while in side impact rear tests it only garnered a one star rating. It also earns a second-highest rating of ""acceptable"" in frontal offset tests conducted by the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Oldsmobile Intrigue: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Exterior and interior both feature clean styling
- Optional stability control
- Trunk is amply-sized
You Won't Like
- Build quality is subpar
- Lacks rear seat room
- Unknown quantity in terms of reliability
A decent option that’s certainly worth considering for anyone who is in the market for mid-size sedan.
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