Last produced for the 2005 model year, the Buick Century offers a spacious interior and a standard V6 engine. Known for its power when it was first introduced in 1936, the Century was named to highlight its ability to travel at speeds of 100 mph.
Buick Century Overview
The Buick Century was produced between 1936 and 1942, 1954 to 1958, and finally from 1973 to 2005. It went through many major design changes throughout its long history.
During its lifespan, the Buick Century came in coupe, sedan and station wagon body styles. From 1936 to 1958 the Buick Century was classified as a full-size car. When Buick reintroduced the Century for the 1973 model year, it replaced the Skylark as the brand's midsize car.
In 1993, the coupe model was dropped and the last redesign for the Buick Century came in 1997. The station wagon model was also discontinued with that redesign, leaving only one model, the four-door sedan.
1997 to 2005: Buick Century
The 2005 Buick Century has plenty of room, with 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space and seating for up to six people. Standard interior features include cloth upholstery, keyless entry, power windows and locks, dual-zone air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo.
A 3.1-liter V6 engine is standard, which produces 175 horsepower (160 horsepower in 1997-99 models). All models came with a four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The 2005 Buick Century gets an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg city/highway. While that fuel economy estimate may not be particularly impressive by today's standards, it is comparable to what other new, V6-powered cars were rated at in 2005.
The 2005 Buick Century received fair safety ratings when it was crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with four out of five stars for driver protection in front crash tests, three stars in side impact tests and four stars in rollover tests. Keep in mind that NHTSA crash tests became much more rigorous after the Century was out of production, starting with vehicles built for the 2011 model year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2005 Century its second-highest rating of Acceptable in moderate overlap front crash tests. In testing for the head restraints and seats, the Century received a Poor rating.