It¹s a recipe that adds some flavor to this
aging Buick its been around since 1971 -- as the revamped Ultra model offers
surprising spiciness with a sporty suspension and powerful supercharged engine.
Essentially its Buicks version of Cajun gumbo, lively enough to interest the
youngsters, but not so hot as to injure Grandmas delicate digestive tract.
The Park Avenue gingerly tiptoes across potholes with the Ultra
models smooth suspension, something Grandma should enjoy. It also has Buicks
typical plush stylish interior filled with do-dads that range from
gimmicks to brilliant, something the whole family should love.
Soft leather seats are deep and recliner-like to provide a great
vantage point for admiring the Park Avenues wood trim and classy interior, while the
back seat is comfortable and roomy. Uniquely styled gauges are easy to read, and the
controls are all simple to operate.
One of the most thoughtful features is the dual-zone climate control
with a knob on the passenger side dash to control the temperature, replacing the normal
center console adjustment. Its great for right-handed passengers who dont want
to contort their torsos to adjust the temperature on their side of the car. Other luxury
features include an air filtration system, built-in garage door openers, power seats and
The biggest news for 2003 is the Ultra models improved
handling thanks to a specially tuned Gran Touring suspension and rear stabilizer bar. It
eliminates much of the base models wallowing and excessive body roll, but it still feels
soft and comfortable on the highway.
A supercharged 3.8-liter V6 engine on the Ultra sends a
rubber-burning 240 horsepower to the front wheels, which is more than enough for spirited
driving and jackrabbit starts. The base Park Avenue still has a very competent V6 engine
that makes 205 horsepower.
Outside the Park Avenue reflects this sporty demeanor with a
sculpted hood, large chrome wheels and low-profile tires. Designers opened their styling
vault by taking cues from past classic Buicks including portholes on the front
fender, a chrome grille with classy vertical bars and miles of chrome trim.
The overall look is one of classic American style with clean lines
and no tacked-on frivolous ornaments. Its a great design that avoids styling
excesses, opting instead for a very conservative appearance thats timeless, not