Surprisingly the Buick seems to have a little more rake to its windshield.
Was there ever a better looking Buick four-door than this mid-90s LeSabre? And with the 3800 so reliable. GM tried a lot harder with Buick than the other divisions back then, I guess because of the brand’s importance in China.
People in Oregon have great taste in old cars. Love the purposeful blackwalls on the LeSabre, it looks like it’s going to steam roll that Subaru. Can’t tell if the WRX has the round headlamps or those bigger ones that came next. HATED the Tribeca front end, it ruined the car.
Someone should do a CC on the LeSabre!
I should have done a search, thanks! Nice article by Richard Bennett. These were everywhere back in the day and still so many around.
It was the second facelift, with the “airplane”/Tribeca nose thing that you’re talking about. They were made from 2005-07. And since there’s no hood scoop, it’s the less exciting, non-turbo version of the car. I actually liked the Tribeca-style cars though (more than the goofy first facelift from ’02-’04), they were better than the rather bland generation that came next. But, my own Impreza is an ’03 with the round, bug-eye style lights this generation debuted with. It looks great, I don’t know why they ever changed it. The first generation Impreza and all the Legacies went basically unchanged for the entirety of their generations, so it’s not like there was precedent to make the Imprezas look silly.
They both look good in the roofline department, but the LeSabre wears it better.
Only one has dormers, though…
That Buick was one of GM’s few genuine successes after the 80s. That car hit its target demographic right in the bull’s eye. Those things were everywhere around here, and a lot of GM people who defected to Panthers in the 80s went back to one of these.
Interesting thing is the Buick probably gets better gas mileage.
When Oldsmobile started to die in the early 90s traditionalists migrated to Buick.
The Buick wears that roof line much better and looks like it means a lot more business than the rather stubby bland Subie.
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