As the flagships of Buick's line of upscale sedans, the Park Avenue and Ultra offered refined styling and roomy seating for six in a modern front-wheel-drive package. Competition for these cars included Mercury Grand Marquis, Oldsmobile Ninety Eight and Chrysler LHS and New Yorker.
The Buick Park Avenue was introduced in July 1990 as a 1991 model to replace the old Buick Electra sedan.
Park Avenue and Park Avenue Ultra benefited from the new Series II version of the high-torque 3800 V6 engine. Rated at 205 horsepower, the Series II 3800 produced more torque and power than many V8 engines of the early 1990s. For those who appreciated better passing acceleration, there was a 225-hp supercharged Ultra, which was force-fed extra combustion air by a belt-driven pump. Unlike turbocharging, this system provided instantaneous power to the right foot, with no turbo lag. The power was transmitted to the front wheels by an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission.
Suspension was completely independent, with struts at all four corners. Antilock brakes were standard, and traction control, to reduce wheelspin and steering kickback on slippery surfaces, was optional.
Dual airbags were standard, as were rear-door child security locks and a power window lockout. There was also a turn-signal-on reminder to prevent the embarrassing possibility of leaving the turn signal flashing for miles and miles after a turn.
Comfort features included automatically dimming electrochromic mirror, revised backlit heater and air-conditioning controls, and a quieter blower motor fed by a more efficient a/c compressor.
The Park Avenue sedan was redesigned.
|Model year(s)||Trim level||List price||Destination charge||Effective date|
|1991||Base||$24,385||July 8, 1990|
|1991||Ultra||$27,420||July 8, 1990|
|1992||Base||$25,285||October 13, 1991|
|1992||Ultra||$28,780||October 13, 1991|
|1995||Base||$26,360||$635||September 1, 1994|
|1995||Ultra||$33,084||$635||September 1, 1994|
|1995||Base||$27,236||$635||January 1, 1995|
|1995||Ultra||$31,902||$635||January 1, 1995|
|1996||Base||$28,205||$640||September 1, 1995|
|1996||Ultra||$32,820||$640||September 1, 1995|
|1997||Base||$29,995||$665||July 27, 1997|
|1997||Ultra||$34,995||$665||July 27, 1997|