National Geographic : 1977 Nov
The BuickWagons. 'Builtinthe belief thatifall youwanted was cargo space,you'd buyatruck. A slight overstatement, true. But if all you ask of a wagon is mere hauling ability, perhaps you're not asking enough. In which case, let us direct your attention to the new Buick Century Wagon or its slightly larger cousin, the Buick Estate Wagon. Can they haul? The answer is a resounding yes. With nearly 72 cubic feet of cargo space in the Century, and 87 in the Estate Wagon. But that isn't what makes a Buick Wagon special. It isn't that a Buick can haul as much as a truck. But rather the serene way it goes about its chores. That's the difference. The ride is smooth and unruffled. (Buick's computer-tuned suspension helps out greatly here.) And how comfortable it is. Upholstery-wise, there's a choice of available fabrics that ranges from rugged vinyl to supple velour in the Estate Wagon. And the decor is elegant enough to convince you you're riding in a fine automobile. In motion the Century Wagon is a product of the times-trimmer, lighter on its feet, decidedly more nimble to handle in traffic than last year's counterpart. And because of that, less power is required to move it, too. In fact, the Century is powered by a new, even-firing, 231-cubic-inch, (3.8 litre), V-6, which in turn does marvelous things with a gallon of gas. According to EPA estimates, a Century Wagon with standard 231 cubic-inch, (3.8 litre), V-6 and automatic transmission achieved 27 mpg in the highway test, and 19 mpg in the city test, for a combined figure of 22 mpg. (California estimates are lower.) Your mileage may vary depending on the condition of your car, its equipment, and your driving habits. Incidentally, the V-6 isn't the only powerplant that's available in the Century, either. In fact, all Buick wagons are available with a selection of GM-built engines produced by various divisions. See your dealer for details. And while you're there, be sure to test-drive the Buick Wagon of your choice. There is a difference in wagons, believe us. A little science. Alittle nagic.