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2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue Review
Great all-American, well-equipped sedan.
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The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue is a midsize, four-door sedan that was originally designed as being an alternative to best-selling Japanese models such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, even though its wheelbase is somewhat larger than its competitors. The size is somewhere in between the larger Aurora and the smaller Alero. Its design is functional and somewhat basic but offers enough space to comfortably seat five adults without giving a bulky exterior or adding to the overall weight. It comes in three different models, all of which are reasonably well-equipped. It was launched in 1998 and remains in production until June 2002, and its passing was mourned by many as it is considered to be one of the best domestically-produced alternatives to Japanese imports. It might not be the cheapest sedan on the markets, but it does have enough features to justify the price.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Intrigue GX, Oldsmobile Intrigue GL, Oldsmobile Intrigue GLS
The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue introduces two new colors as well as a standard CD player. Other additions include child-seat anchors, and GLS models come with a Home Link system, a sunroof, and two-tone leather interiors for their last year of production.
The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue is based on the Buick Regal and Century, and the Pontiac Grand Prix. In spite of this, it's quite different from these models as it's situated on a 109-inch wheelbase. In fact, it's quite a muscular looking car and having 16-inch wheels fitted as standard helps reinforce this appearance. Standard features include power mirrors, although the more luxurious models come with upgraded mirrors. The GL comes with fog lamps, as does the GLS. Its styling is quite understated in line with other Oldsmobile cars, but it is a relatively attractive car and is well worth consideration.
The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue has a roomy interior, which is much more spacious than many of its competitors. The rear seat is particularly noticeable for having plenty of legroom and headroom for taller passengers to be seated comfortably and there is sufficient space for three people to travel in the backseat, but the center seat does have less legroom than the window seats. The rear seats are split-folding, and the trunk has 17.3 cubic feet of space, which is increased considerably if the back seats are folded down. The dashboard is well designed and easy to read, and standard equipment for the base GX includes an adjustable steering wheel, a CD player, cruise control, power locks, air-conditioning, and power windows. The next model up brings a six-way power driver's seat and better speakers for the sound system as well as remote keyless entry. Choosing the top of the range GLS brings dual-zone air-conditioning, as well as leather heated seats, and the interior is finished with a fake wood trim. In addition the GLS comes with a sunroof, a universal barrage-door opener, and the driver’s seat has a power lumbar adjustment. Choosing the Sun & Sound package on the GL brings a sunroof and a Bose sound system.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is based on the Aurora V-8 engine, which produces 215 horsepower. This gives it considerable acceleration, and it's a smooth and comfortable car to drive. It's easily good enough to compete against other V-6 models from Japan. Its steering is very sensitive and responsive, as is the braking. It is quite a large car to drive, but somehow doesn’t feel like it thanks to good visibility and handling, and it gives quite a refined ride, especially in comparison with other domestic models in its class. Considering the size of its engine and the size of the car, it gives reasonable fuel economy, and unlike some in this class, doesn't need premium fuel.
The 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GL and GLS come with traction control as standard, while the GLS has an electronic stability system fitted as standard, which is available as an option on other models. This system has sensors which are able to detect when a car is about skid and can automatically apply the brakes to individual wheels. Unfortunately, this model doesn't have side-impact airbags fitted.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great exterior and interior styling
- Powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine
You Won't Like
- Use of cheap materials on the interior
- Lack of legroom for the middle back seat
Great all-American, well-equipped sedan.
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