2002 Intrigue New Car Test Drive
The Oldsmobile Intrigue combines a responsive V6 engine with sophisticated styling and an elegant interior. This midsize sedan is stable at high speeds, agile on winding roads, with good grip. Its rigid structure delivers a smooth ride and good handling.
The Intrigue's twin-cam V6 delivers lots of power for quick passing on two-lane roads. The Intrigue seats four people comfortably, or its rear seats can be folded down to make room for a lot of luggage. For 2002, new upper and lower anchor tethers have been added for child safety seats. The Intrigue's interior is handsome, and GL and GLS models feature well-designed climate controls. GLS comes standard with tasteful leather, this year with a new two-tone treatment.
Overall, the driving experience is more European in flavor than other midsize domestic sedans. It is arguably the best of the General Motors sedans in this class. The Intrigue is an enjoyable car, easy to live with, and it holds its own against such popular mid-size imports as the V6-powered versions of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It offers more character and is lighter on its feet than a Ford Taurus.
Three trim levels are available: GX, GL and GLS. All are four-door, five-passenger sedans.
All Intrigues are equipped with a 3.5-liter double overhead-cam V6 mated to a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
Intrigues come well equipped. All 2002 Intrigues come standard with CD players. A new family of radios includes speed-compensated volume control (it turns the radio down when you slow down) and Radio Data System (RDS) technology, which identifies the radio station and format (provided the station subscribes to the service) as well as song titles and artist names.
GX ($23,427) comes standard with air conditioning, and power windows, mirrors and door locks. Tone-on-tone seat fabric provides a luxurious look and the headliner has been upgraded with a new woven material. Also standard is an air filtration system that features a replaceable air filter and should prove a boon to hay-fever sufferers. For 2002, the GX comes standard with an AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers.
GL models ($25,012) add nice dual automatic climate controls. A new Sun & Sound package includes the Bose sound system and a glass moonroof.
GLS models ($28,502) are equipped with leather seating surfaces, heated front seats with power lumbar support, and GM's OnStar communications system. For 2002, GLS also comes standard with a sunroof and the Homelink system, which allows owners to program up to three different signals for items such as the garage door opener, house lights, or an electric gate.