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2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette Review

Crisp, clean, and lots of features, but disappointing safety for a family vehicle.

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Overview

The 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette is one of the best minivans on the market. Not only do consumers get the Oldsmobile reliability, but they also get a vehicle chock-full of features. The only thing keeping the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette from being truly great is its questionable crash test scores.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Oldsmobile Silhouette GL, Oldsmobile Silhouette GLS, Oldsmobile Silhouette Premier

What's New

The 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette has dropped the 112-inch wheelbase of old in favor of a 120-inch wheelbase. The traction control system has been tweaked for better performance. Heated seats wrapped in leather are now available as an option. The instrument cluster on the interior is also redesigned with new radios, dual trip odometers, and new interior lighting.

Exterior

The 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette exterior is very attractive. Riding on a 120-inch wheelbase, the Silhouette is 187-inches overall. All models come with dual sliding doors, with a power sliding door available for the passenger side. All models have a manual driver-side door. Standard features include 15-inch wheels on the base model with alloy wheels available as an option, intermittent windshield wipers, a roof rack, and an optional towing package that includes a trailer hitch and wiring.

Interior

The interior of the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette comes with seating for seven passengers. The GL model includes a 40/60-split bench for the second row, and a 50/50-split bench in the rear. The upper level GLS and Premier models include leather upholstery and a set of captain’s chairs in the second row. A nice feature is the LCD color monitor for entertainment in the second and third-row. This screen will fold away when not in use. With the seats in place, the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette has a cargo capacity of 24 cubic feet. This expands to 55 cubic feet with the third-row seating removed. With both the second and third-row seating removed, the cargo capacity is 156 cubic feet.

The standard equipment on the base model is quite impressive. Included are bucket seats, a center console, sliding driver-side door, a tachometer, cloth upholstery, power steering, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, privacy glass, power locks, and an AM/FM cassette stereo. Optional features on the base GL model includes a camper/towing package, captain’s chairs, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, overhead console, power sliding door, and power passenger and drivers seats. The GLS model gets front and rear air conditioning, leather upholstery, and steering wheel audio controls standard. Optional features include heated front seats. The top of the line Premium model includes the power sliding door standard and the entire standard and optional features of the lower models, except the heated seats.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette comes equipped with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that produces 185 horsepower. It is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Most minivans feel a bit clunky, but this is not the case with the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette. The drive is incredibly smooth and car-like. The steering is very precise, with very little body roll in corners. Also, the brakes will practically stop on a dime. Standard equipment includes four-wheel independent suspension, power steering, and 215 front tires. Optional features include auto-leveling suspension and touring suspension. A heater block for the engine is also available.

Safety

The 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, driver and passenger airbags, fog lights, and front-side airbags. Even with all these features, the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette is not the safest car on the road. The NHTSA gave the vehicle only three out of five stars for passenger safety. However, it did receive four out of five stars for driver safety, and five out of five stars for side impacts to the front and rear. The IIHS was not so forgiving. It gave the 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette a ""poor"" rating, its worst, for leg safety, bumpers, and head/neck safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Oldsmobile Silhouette: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great styling
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Fun to drive

You Won't Like

  • Small rear seating
  • Cheap interior quality
  • Off-set crash tests abysmal

Sum Up

Crisp, clean, and lots of features, but disappointing safety for a family vehicle.

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