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1997 Buick Riviera

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Model
Riviera
Year
1997
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1997 Base 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $30,110

Overview

Buick cars have always measured up pretty well in the prestige arena, but it's been decades since this division has produced a noteworthy design. That's one of the reasons the redesigned Riviera caused such a stir when it rolled into showrooms last year. This big, bold front-wheel-drive luxury coupe makes a striking contrast to the rest of the Buick lineup, including recent generations of the Riviera itself. There's more. Not only does the Riviera break new ground in a very fancy field, it does so at a price that should make some of its competitors blush. Although this is clearly a luxury car, its price range straddles the $30,000 luxury frontier. Key rivals such as the Acura Legend, Cadillac Eldorado and Lincoln Mark VIII have manufacturer's suggested retail prices that start at about $38,000, and the cost of admission keeps climbing from there. All of which makes the Riviera an especially attractive choice. It may not have the cachet that goes with Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Lexus, but it certainly has an appealing presence all its own, as well as all the amenities that take motoring beyond the realm of mere transportation. Our test car came equipped with a supercharged 3800 V6 in the Riviera's signature color, Platinum Beige, and had an MSRP of $31,743.

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.8L V-6 / 205 HP / 230 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.8L V-6 / 240 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Transmission
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 28 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
6 / 5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 3.8L V-6 / 205 HP / 230 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.8L V-6 / 240 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 28 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
20.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded / Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$77
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
17.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
207.2 "
Exterior Width
75.0 "
Exterior Height
54.6 "
Front Headroom
38.2 "
Rear Headroom
36.2 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
37.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,690 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Monotone / Monotone With Stripe
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
6 / 5
Seat Trim
Cloth / Leather
Front Seat Type
55-45 Split-bench / Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver Heated-cushion
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Power
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger Illuminated / Driver Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
96 Months / 80,000 Miles

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