|Premium compact car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,800*|
1991 Buick Riveria
1991 Buick Riviera
1990 Buick Riviera interior
1993 Buick Riviera w/Gran Touring Package
1991 Buick Riviera engine
Despite its enhanced appearance, the early ’90s Riviera does nothing exceptional and doesn’t stand high on our older luxury-coupe shopping list. Though far beyond earlier Rivs in acceleration, handling, and stability, this version simply doesn’t offer quite as much as we’d expect for its still-lofty price.
To put a spark in painfully sluggish sales, Buick added 11 inches to the long-lived Riv’s length for 1989. Buick also dumped the touch-screen climate and audio controls. A driver-side airbag now was standard, but antilock braking remained an option until ’91. GM’s Pass-Key antitheft system was standard. Only one powertrain went into Rivieras: a 3.8-liter V6 with automatic. A Gran Touring suspension with wider tires and quicker-ratio power steering was optional. The Riviera’s basic design was shared with the Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado.
Antilock braking was now standard. Also, Riv got a new grille, a more responsive 4-speed automatic transmission, five more horsepower, and a new steering gear.
Solar-control glass became standard on Rivieras. Larger rotors and calipers went into the standard antilock braking system. Otherwise, little change was evident.
Apart from bigger (16-inch) aluminum wheels and tires for the Gran Touring Package, not much was new for ’93 coupes. No 1994 Rivieras went on sale, but a completely different Riv arrived for 1995.