1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette Review

The Cadillac of minivans!

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The 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette classifies as a front-drive minivan related to the Pontiac Trans Sport and Chevrolet Lumina APV. The Silhouette perhaps gets the most attention for repeated references in the 1995 movie Get Shorty. In the movie, the Silhouette gets repeatedly referred to as “The Cadillac of minivans? by John Travolta’s character.

The Silhouette looks attractive and modern. The 1996 model offers a good drivetrain. Overall, it feels very comfortable and seems ideal for family road trips.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Silhouette Series I, Oldsmobile Silhouette Series II

What's New

The 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette has a brand-new 3.4-liter V-6 engine that replaces both the 3.1- and 3.8-liter V-6 engines. Traction control has also been discontinued as an available option.


The Silhouette features stylish blacked-out pillars, tinted windows, and a belt line tape stripe. The optional sliding side door proves very popular for families with kids, although some find the door entirely too heavy.

The 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette rides on a 109.8-inch wheelbase and measures at 194.7 inches long, 73.9 inches wide, and 65.7 inches tall. Available in two trims, the Series I has a curb weight of 3704 pounds, while the Series II weighs 3724 pounds. The Silhouette comes standard with 15-inch wheels, fog lights, keyless entry, a rear window defroster, tinted glass, alloy wheels, a rear window wiper, and a roof rack. Options include a camper/towing package and a power sliding side door.


The Silhouette seats up to seven people. Up front, headroom totals 39.2 inches, while legroom reaches 40 inches. Headroom in the back measures in at a very comfortable 39 inches, with rear legroom at 36.1 inches. Bucket seats up front offer power-adjustment on the driver’s side. The back-seat area includes five lightweight seats that can easily be reconfigured or removed all together to maximize storage space. Child seats remain available as an option. In this case, two rear seats can be changed between adult and child seating with the tug of a seat-mounted tag.

Cloth upholstery comes standard, with leather seating available as an option. Power locks and windows come standard, along with air-conditioning. Rear air-conditioning provides an option. The interior dashboard looks somewhat dated but controls seem logically placed and reachable.

Some people have visibility issues inside the 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette due to its steeply sloped styling.

Performance & Handling

Overall the Silhouette offers a great drive. A 180-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission to accomplish this. The 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette runs smoothly and proves very accommodating to families on road trips. It also maneuvers and handles reasonably well for its size.


The 1996 Oldsmobile Silhouette comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, a driver’s-side front airbag, and fog lights. In NHTSA crash tests, the Silhouette earns three out of five stars for passenger safety and five stars for driver safety in frontal-impact crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Silhouette: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfort
  • Fuel economy
  • Easy to drive
  • Great for family road trips
  • Interchangeable seats

You Won't Like

  • Heavy sliding door
  • Prone to electrical problems

Sum Up

The Cadillac of minivans!

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