LeSabre was based on the same platform as the Buick Park Avenue, and consequently shared its roomy, 6-passenger spaciousness as well as a modern front-drive layout. Competitive vehicles included its sister ship, the Oldsmobile Eighty Eight, as well as the Chrysler Concorde and rear-wheel-drive Ford Crown Victoria.
A modern-day Buick LaCrosse is approximately as big as a 1992-1999 Buick LeSabre.
Since 1988 and up to this model year, the LeSabre came in as a 2-door coupe or 4-door sedan. Both had two trim levels: base ("Custom" for sedans) and Limited.
With two trim levels, Custom and Limited, there weren't many choices for LeSabre buyers, but that's because just about everything you could ask for is standard. Only one powertrain was made: the 170-hp Series II sequential-port-fuel-injected 3800 V6 and an electronically controlled 4-speed transaxle. With an internal balance shaft, this V6 delivered V8-like smoothness and power. ABS was standard, and traction control was available to reduce steering wheel kickback and wheelspin.
Standard equipment on both models included dual airbags, PASS-Key II antitheft system, a/c, tinted glass, AM/FM stereo, tilt steering wheel and power locks, windows and steering.
The LeSabre Limited included such amenities as a cup-holder console, cruise control, electric trunk release, rear-window defogger, 6-way power seats and power outside rearview mirrors and lighted interior vanity mirrors on the sun visors.
Real sports aficionados were used to specify the Gran Touring package, upgrading the tires to 16-in. blackwall high-performance Goodyear Eagle GAs, and added a more responsive electronic self-leveling suspension.
Another option was self-sealing tires. These tires contained a gummy liquid inside that tended to plug leaks, reducing the likelihood of a flat.
The engine size increased for 1996.
Following a short run of 1999 models, the LeSabre was redesigned as an early 2000 model in March 1999. Production lasted through July 22, 2005.
|Model year(s)||Trim level||List price||Effective date|
|1991||Custom||$17,180||February 10, 1991|
|1991||Limited||$18,330||February 10, 1991|
|Model year(s)||Trim level||List price||Destination charge||Effective date|
|1991||Custom||$17,080||February 10, 1991|
|1991||Limited||$18,430||February 10, 1991|
|1992||Custom||$18,695||October 13, 1991|
|1992||Limited||$20,775||October 13, 1991|
|1995||Custom||$20,410||$585||September 1, 1994|
|1995||Limited||$24,110||$585||September 1, 1994|
|1995||Custom||$20,724||$585||January 1, 1995|
|1995||Limited||$24,280||$585||January 1, 1995|
|1996||Custom||$21,380||$590||September 1, 1995|
|1996||Limited||$25,385||$590||September 1, 1995|
|1997||Custom||$22,015||$605||July 27, 1997|
|1997||Limited||$25,540||$605||July 27, 1997|