Pushing hard to win buyers, Chevrolet unveiled a
smartly redesigned Lumina for 1995.
The 1995 Chevrolet Lumina was redesigned for the new model year, after years of running a distant second to Ford's Taurus in the domestic mid-size sales tallies.
Wheelbase remained the same at 107.5 inches, and powertrain offerings didn't change that much, but by all appearances, the new Lumina was a completely different car.
Its flowing contours were more modern and stretched nearly three inches longer overall, while a thoroughly revised interior featured larger gauges, more convenient controls, and -- most importantly -- dual air bags.
Unlike the previous generation, the two-door coupe and four-door sedan wore different nameplates and distinct front and rear styling. The coupe now carried a Monte Carlo badge, while the sedan kept the Lumina name alive.
Both continued to share their platforms with the Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and Pontiac Grand Prix, but one would never guess it from exterior appearances.
Lumina came in base and LS versions, both powered by a revised 3.1-liter V-6 that gained 20 horsepower, now 160, backed by a four-speed automatic transmission. Optional on the LS was the Twin Dual Cam 3.4-liter V-6 producing 210 horsepower, a gain of 10. LS versions came standard with anti-lock brakes, which were a $386 option on base sedans.
Though the new Lumina didn't unseat the front-running Taurus in the styling department, it did offer value-conscious buyers a lower-cost alternative for family transportation. Comparably equipped, a Lumina retailed for about two grand less than its Ford rival.
Yet the Lumina badge didn't carry the same name recognition or reputation as the Taurus moniker enjoyed, so Chevy's entry was never a threat to Taurus's number-one sales ranking.
The 1995 Lumina was swoopier than previous models,
and it was considerably less expensive than the Taurus.
1995 Chevrolet Lumina Facts
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
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