1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette

  • 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette Base Minivan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      170/225
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,660
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1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette Review

A decent vehicle all around.

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Overview

The 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette debuted in 1989 and instantly caught the attention of the public. It was the first minivan designed with style, and its basic design can be traced to the Pontiac Trans Sport concept car from 1986.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Silhouette

What's New

The 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette receives automatic power door locks. These locks are engaged when the car is put into drive and disengaged when the car is in park.

Exterior

The 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette has attracted controversy ever since it was first introduced. At the time of its launch, it was the first minivan to have been designed with a sporty and stylish exterior. The trademark long and sloped windshield carries forward for the 1995 model year as well. The wheelbase is 109.8 inches, while the length is 194.7 inches, the width is 73.9 inches, and the height is 65.7 inches.

Interior

As with the seats of any minivan, those in the 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette are rather difficult to remove or move unless you opt for lightweight bucket seats. It offers a lot of cargo and passenger space, so room is not a problem at all in this case. The biggest problem is its dash, which is exceptionally long, stretching almost four feet from the windshield to the driver. As a result, front corners of the sloping nose are hardly seen by the driver, thereby compromising visibility. The additional roof pillars that are required to support the large glass windshield reduce the visibility further. Inside the car, the driver has even more problems because the climate control buttons on the dash are difficult to see and even use while driving.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette is powered by a 3.1-liter, V-6 engine as standard, delivering 120 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. An optional 3.8-liter, V-6 engine is available and can deliver 170 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. The base 3.1-liter engine with its low rated power is clearly underpowered for a minivan. The lack of power in the engine is apparent when the van is loaded with luggage and passengers. At full capacity, the van is quite sluggish and the engine clearly struggles to keep up. However, the 3.8-liter V-6 with its additional 50 horsepower is able to offer the needed vitality and power. The ride and handling is comparable to that of a large sedan, which is in keeping with the segment.

Safety

In frontal impact collision tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, the 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette scored a full five-star rating terms of driver safety. However, it only received three out of five stars in terms of passenger safety, which is still a decent score.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Silhouette: 17/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful acceleration with 3.8-liter V-6
  • Lots of space for passengers and luggage
  • Effective anti-lock brakes

You Won't Like

  • Poor visibility
  • Confusing climate controls

Sum Up

A decent vehicle all around.

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