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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Review

A feature-packed road trip machine.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette is a large, seven-passenger minivan that offers a wide range of features and good performance. The Silhouette does not enjoy much attention, due to its less impressive earlier models. However, the 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette makes a good option thanks to an extensive redesign that took place in a previous year’s model. The Silhouette offers an excellent driving experience for people who give the previously unimpressive Silhouette a second chance.

The main selling point concerns features. All Silhouette models include an excellent array of standard safety features. In addition, the lowest-priced model, the Silhouette GL, still makes a good showing with standard equipment. The upper-end Silhouette Premier has a large range of standard features, including a TV and VCR for rear passengers. Depending on the model selection and optional equipment, drivers can more or less get a vehicle with almost any combination between the two extremes. The Silhouette even offers some relatively unusual features, like a power sliding door, to help set it apart.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Silhouette GL, Oldsmobile Silhouette GLS, Oldsmobile Silhouette GS, Oldsmobile Silhouette Premiere

What's New

The 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette upgrades the front airbags to a newer design and offers side airbags as a standard feature. The Silhouette Premier marks a new model introduced partway through 1998.

Exterior

The 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette serves as a large minivan that measure 201.4 inches in length, putting it in the same league as the Grand Caravan, Grand Voyager, and Town & Country. The styling doesn’t look particularly unusual for this type of vehicle, but it is attractive. A roof rack comes standard on the Silhouette, while a camper towing package provides optional equipment. The GL includes power mirrors, while the Premiere adds keyless entry, a power sliding door, and a rear window defroster

Interior

The Silhouette offers a wide range of features depending on the model selection and options. The lowest-priced Silhouette GL offers power windows, power locks, cruise control, air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. On the high end, the Silhouette Premiere offers dual-zone air-conditioning, leather seating, power seats, a rear heater, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, cruise control, an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, a CD player, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a rear television, and a VCR as standard equipment. Playing with model selection and optional features allows drivers to create a vehicle in between the extremes.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette offers good performance overall. The Silhouette lacks options to enhance the performance, but the standard equipment seems more than sufficient for its needs. The 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine offers more than enough power to give the Silhouette good acceleration and a decent top speed, even for a vehicle of its size. The handling and turning seems fairly good for a minivan, coming close to handling as well as some larger sedans.

Safety

The Oldsmobile Silhouette comes equipped with dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment. Some competing vehicles don’t even offer all of those as options. Traction control also provides optional equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Silhouette: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Above-average standard safety equipment
  • Powerful standard engine
  • Power sliding door available as an option
  • Wide range of features available

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seats
  • Tight competition

Sum Up

A feature-packed road trip machine.

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