The Oldsmobile Intrigue is a four-door five passenger mid-size sedan. The original Intrigue hit the market in the 1998 model year. It replaced the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The Intrigue lasted until 2002 but was the first of the Oldsmobile vehicle lines to be phased out. The Buick LaCrosse replaced it in 2005.
The Intrigue is available in three trim levels - the base GX, GS and the GLS. For the four years the vehicle was in production, there were minor changes.
In 1999, a different engine was offered. This was the DOHC 3.5 L six cylinder engine to go along with the original 3.8 L V6 that produced 195-horsepower. The new engine became the standard from 2002-2002 for the GLS and was an option on the other two. Both engines come paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. The EPA fuel economy rating for this vehicle is 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway.
In 2000, the vehicle received fancy wheels and the Precision Control antiskid system became an option. This system is Oldsmobile's stability control system. Heated power seats became standard on the GLS and retained accessory power became standard. A gold-trim package also was available. In 2001, traction control became standard. Two new optional packages were added - Premium Leather and Precision Sport packages.
The interior of the Intrigue is spacious and comfortable, seating four people comfortably and in a pinch, a fifth and yet still have enough cargo space to satisfy most families needs. The cargo area boasts 16.4 cubic feet. The back seats fold down to increase the cargo space and will accommodate several sets of golf clubs. The color scheme is tasteful and subdued giving a classy serenity to the interior. The bucket seats are nicely shaped giving good lumbar support and the six-way power adjustments means they will fit most consumers nicely. There are also upper and lower tethers have been added for child safety seats for all three rear-seating positions.
Oldsmobile Intrigue Features and Options
The Oldsmobile Intrigue was quite nicely loaded for the price. Included as standard features are ABS brakes, AM/FM/CD stereo, a full complement of power accessories like windows, locks, and mirrors. Also included are cruise control, intermittent wipers, rear defrost, aluminum alloy wheels. The GLS trim adds in automatic climate control and traction control. There are several option packages available as well. There is the Premium Leather Package that adds in leather seats, dual heated six-way power front bucket seats; the Sun & Sound Package includes a Bose AM/FM/CD and cassette stereo, as well as power sliding moonroof, ABS brakes and dual airbags.
Oldsmobile Intrigue Safety
Like the other Oldsmobiles on the market, safety features on the Oldsmobile Intrigue are plentiful. Included as standard features are the following - traction control, four-wheel ABS, daytime running lights, adjustable upper belt – front, adjustable upper belt – rear, energy management feature, trunk release.
In the government crash tests, the vehicle was not tested in the Front Impact test for the driver and the front passenger. In the side impact test the front passenger received three star rating. The rear occupant received a one star rating only.