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2002 Buick Park Avenue Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $5,877

The 2002 Buick Park Avenue Base remains virtually unchanged this year, as Buick saw no need to alter its luxury full-size sedan. With plenty of room for a family to spread out, the 2002 Park Avenue base is equipped with two bench seats for seating up to six passengers. A 205-hp, 3.8-liter V6 and 4-speed automatic make up the powertrain. Standard conveniences include power front seats, leather upholstery, full power features, remote entry, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.

Safety is taken care of with 16-inch alloy wheels, a self-leveling suspension, ABS brakes, daytime running lights, automatic headlights, and dual front-side airbags. Traction and stability control, rain-sensing wipers, and a rear parking assist are optional added security. Other options include OnStar, a CD player, memory settings, a sunroof, heated front and rear seats, and a heads-up display. New this year are optional wheel-mounted audio controls. Drivers say they feel safe in the 2002 Park Avenue Base, and it does get four-star crash test ratings. Roomy comfort and easy handling are other highlights. Some say the interior looks too cheap for such an upscale car.

Ultra

Avg. Price: $5,843

A redesigned center console and new interior wood trim decorate the 2002 Buick Park Avenue Ultra, a high-end full-size sedan that keeps you insulated from heavy-duty driving effort, while ensuring you have a comfortable, quiet ride. Powered by a supercharged version of the 3.8 V6 that hits 240-hp, and mated to a 4-speed automatic, the 2002 Park Avenue Ultra rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and features 4-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, a self-leveling suspension, rain-sensing wipers, and dual front-side airbags. The rear parking assist sensors are extra. In the Ultra, the front bench seat can be replaced with two buckets and the new console.

Newly standard on the Ultra are wheel-mounted controls for the audio system. This is in addition to the power front seats with memory settings, heated leather upholstery for front and back seats, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, heated mirrors, OnStar, and a remote garage opener. Rear seats now split-fold, expanding the 19 cubic foot trunk. A CD changer, sunroof, and heads-up display are some popular options. The 2002 Park Avenue Ultra seems relatively problem-free for owners, who love its extra power and all the head and legroom. Handling is easy and drivers like the Cadillac-like luxury. Some say the new wood trim looks too fake.