Buy/Drive/Burn: Alternative Luxury Sedans Hailing From 1995

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
buy drive burn alternative luxury sedans hailing from 1995

The B&B has proved on many occasions that they enjoy a nice Buy/Drive/Burn or three centered around the 1990s. I sense you want more, so have more! Today’s trio sprang to mind as we discussed the article surrounding Buick’s choice to remove the brand name from all new vehicles. In the comments, things naturally turned to the Oldsmobile Aurora and the modified Rocket logo it displayed.

But what other two vehicles from 1995 do you pair with the brand new Oldsmobile Aurora? Will you want to burn any of these? Let’s find out.

Oldsmobile Aurora

First, the one you knew was coming. 1995 was the introductory model year for the Aurora. An all-new styling direction for the brand, the sleek sedan was de-badged and decidedly distant from things like the staid Ninety-Eight and its Regency Elite Grandpa Deluxe trim (which remained in production through ’96). Riding on GM’s G platform with the Buick’s Riviera, the Aurora was a unique offering and did not have a GM-branded counterpart. It’s motivated by a 4.0-liter L47 V8, based on Cadillac’s Northstar 4.6. The engine was designed especially for the new Aurora flagship. 250 horsepower travels to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic. Leather, dual-zone climate control, and real wood trim are at your fingertips. As an added bonus, it doesn’t look like anything else on the road in 1995. It would be the last all-new Oldsmobile developed by Oldsmobile.

Volvo 960

The 960 was Volvo’s flagship entry into the world market throughout the 1990s. Introduced in the United States for 1991, the rear-drive 960 would start out with several different engines including an awful PRV V6 of 2.8 liters. Thankfully Volvo developed their own engines, and the ’95 960 has a much better 2.9-liter I6 under the hood. A steady 178 horsepower are available through the 4-speed automatic. Built in Sweden, the boxy 960 would be the last rear-drive car built by Volvo. The 960 received no direct replacement after sales ended in 1998.

Saab 9000

Rounding out our trio of alternative last-of luxury is the shapely 9000 from Saab. Easily the oldest design here, the 9000 debuted all the way back in 1985. The Giugiaro design went through some modernization throughout the years, entering its final design iteration in 1994. For 1995, the CDE (sedan) version of the 9000 was equipped with a 3.0-liter GM-Opel V6 engine that would also see duty in the Cadillac Catera and early Saturn Vue. 1995 was the only year for this V6, as afterward only turbocharged four-cylinder engines were available. 208 horsepower travel to the front wheels via the four-speed auto. The 9000 would be the last pure Saab-developed sedan in production, as the replacement 9-5 for 1999 was very much a GM-sourced vehicle.

So, which of these sad last-of items gets burned at the stake, and which do you take home with you?

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  • DweezilSFV DweezilSFV on Mar 15, 2018

    Buy the Volvo, drive the Olds and what is the Saab doing in this comparison anyway ?

  • Jfk-usaf Jfk-usaf on Mar 15, 2018

    Buy the Volvo (soft spot for the old boxes) Drive the Saab... More HP Burn the Olds ... Complete GM plastic 90s suck-atude. Someone mentioned a Chrysler LHX.... UUgh... Horrible trash

  • El scotto It's said that many military regulations are written in blood. Every ship's wheel or aircraft joystick has a human hand on it at all times when a ship or aircraft are under power. Tanks, APC's and other ground vehicles probably operate under the same rules. Even with those regulations accidents still happen. There is no such thing as an unmanned autopilot, ever. Someone has to be on the stick at all times.I do not think MB understands what a sue-happy nation the USA is. The 1st leased MB in a wreck while this Type 3 "Semi-Autonomous" driving, or whatever it is called, will result in an automatic lawsuit. Expect a class action lawsuit after the 1st personal lawsuit is filed. Yes, new MB owners can afford and ever are lawyers.Mercedes Benz; "The best wrecks or nothing!" Oh and has anyone noticed that Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, the gray suit with white shirt and striped tie, automobile companies have stayed away from any autonomous driving nonsense?
  • Merc190 Very streamlined but not distinctive enough for a Mercedes. And besides, the streetcar of the early 20th century seems a far more efficient and effective method of people moving in essentially an autonomous manner. A motor car is meant to be driven with proper attention to what's important in every situation. To design it otherwise is idiotic and contradictory.
  • Abqhudson Passenger seating in recent accords has been unacceptable with my 5’2” wife forced to look at the dash while sitting in the hole provided.
  • ToolGuy Real Subarus are green and coated with dust from at least three different National Parks (Gateway Arch doesn't count).
  • ToolGuy Good for them.(And their customers. $2500 first-year subscription on top of the system cost? That ain't me)