Complete Oldsmobile Achieva lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1992 Oldsmobile Achieva - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1991 - 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva SedanAchieva3 Trims 117 to 150 Hp 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva Coupe - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1991 - 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva CoupeAchieva Coupe3 Trims 117 to 150 Hp

The Oldsmobile Achieva is a compact sedan and coupe introduced by Oldsmobile, a division car manufacturer of General Motors, for the 1992 model year. Oldsmobile sold the Achieva from 1991 to 1997 as a front-wheel-drive and based the model on the GM N-body platform, the same platform as the Buick Skylark and Pontiac Grand Am.

History of Oldsmobile Achieva

Oldsmobile unveiled the new Achieva as a redesigned model at the 1992 North American International Auto Show on January 9, 1992. In February 1992, the model went on sale. During the 1991 Chicago Auto Show, the Achieva was rumored to replace Oldsmobile's Calais models in the compact segment as a concept vehicle. Oldsmobile based the Achieva and Calais on GM N-body architecture, including the exact wheelbase measurements. In time for the 1992 model year, continuous production of the Achieva had begun. It was available in 4 trim levels: S, SL, SC, and SCX coupes, all of which came in two- and four-door body styles. Initially debuted in 1991, Oldsmobile sold the SCX W41 coupe through 1993. It was Oldsmobile's final "W-Machine" performance automobile, and it followed the outgoing Cutlass Calais 442 W41 as the company's best-handling, a highest-power compact car. In 1995, the company started to offer speed-variable power steering as standard equipment with improved rear-axle suspension geometry, installing a rear anti-roll bar and retuned tires for less rolling resistance. On December 4, 1997, Oldsmobile manufactured the last Oldsmobile Achievas and replaced it with the Alero.


Oldsmobile sold the 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva in different trim levels and prices:

  • SL Series I - $15,225 ($27,530 in 2022)
  • SC Series I - $15,425 ($27,892 in 2022)
  • SL Series II - $16,775 ($30,333 in 2022)
  • SC Series II - $16,975 ($30,695 in 2022)

Meanwhile, the company sold the last model in 1997 as a 1998 model car with an MSRP of $22,795 ($41,219 in 2022) for the SL trim (1 trim only).


Oldsmobile offered the first Achieva as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle with 3-speed automatic gearbox. The cargo capacity measures 14.1 cubic feet with a height of 53.1 in. and length of 187.9 in. The wheelbase has a measurement of 103.4 in. and was available in different exterior colors such as Flame Red Metallic, Dark Garnet Red Metallic, Bright White, Silver Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, White, Light Beige Metallic, Bright Red, Black Sapphire Metallic, Black, Medium Gray Metallic, Light Driftwood Metallic, and Light Sapphire Blue Metallic. In 1995, standard features on all models were the anti-lock brakes, driver-side airbag, and an air conditioner. In 1996, Oldsmobile added more standard features for the Achieva model, including the standard air conditioning, daytime running lamps, a new dashboard with redesigned gauges, and a passenger-side airbag.


The Oldsmobile Achieva SL sedan engine delivers 150 hp (112 kW) at 4,800 rpm and 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) at 3,200 rpm of torque. The Oldsmobile Achieva accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 131 mph (217 kph) and a curb weight of 2,917 lbs (1,323 kg). Oldsmobile sold the Achieva as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) model with a 4-speed automatic gearbox powered by a spark-ignition 4-stroke V6 engine.

Release Date

Oldsmobile released the Achieva in January 1992 and went the next month. The company discontinued the model on December 4, 1997.