You can learn a lot about automotive culture and history by looking at which vehicle firms are still in business and which have gone out of business. Oldsmobile is one of those automotive brands that went out of business. In 1897, the Olds Motor Vehicle Company was formed and started manufacturing automobiles and was founded by Ransom E. Olds, the corporation. General Motors purchased Oldsmobile in 1908, and the company has been headquartered there ever since. The company went out of business in 2004. In this article, we will focus on the 1992 Oldsmobile Toronado.


The 1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO is offered in 2 trim levels:

  • Base
  • Trofeo

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 1992 Toronado is powered by a 170-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine, found in many of GM’s midsize automobiles. There is a distinct difference between the Trofeo’s engine and the ones found in Buick and Pontiacs. The twin exhaust system produces a loud snarl when driven aggressively, which goes nicely with the all-black look of the test vehicle. Because Toronado hasn’t been put through its paces by a reputable automotive publication, there’s no way to know how well it performs. On the other hand, Olds claims that the Toronado can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds.

The 3,528-pound Toronado doesn’t seem to be very sluggish. While the car’s acceleration on city streets is impressive, on the highway, a single touch of the accelerator downshifts the gearbox and propels the past vehicle traffic that has slowed to a crawl. Only a computer-controlled four-speed automatic transmission is available for the Toronado front-wheel drive. The shifter is located between two leather bucket seats in a beautiful floor console. Shifts were silky smooth and precisely timed to make the most of the engine’s power, as they were in the other GM vehicles I tested with this gearbox.


Compared to other GM models and most imports in its price range, the Toronado stands out. In today’s GM vehicles, there are far too many switches, buttons, steering columns, and radios that are the same from model to model. They don’t seem to have a lot of personalities.

VIC- Visual Information Center

In contrast, the Toronado is a different story. GM vehicles don’t have a function like this. The “visual information center,” a tiny color computer screen in the middle of the dashboard, was an option ($1,295) on our test vehicle. Olds calls it the VIC, and you may use it to control the thermostat, the radio, the electronic compass, or access a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge. Never before in a vehicle have I seen something like this. The computer screen lights up and shows the radio settings, day and date, and temperature both inside and outside the vehicle when you turn on the key.


Fortunately, the 3.8-liter V6 engine in the Oldsmobile delivers enough power for daily driving. The 1991 model year’s upgraded engine and gearbox didn’t significantly increase in acceleration, but they did transmit power more smoothly and on time. Unlike the older model, the 1991-92 transmission does not frequently shift into and out of overdrive. The vehicle’s fuel efficiency is about par for the course. Expect a fair amount of body roll in corners while driving the 1992 Oldsmobile Toronado. Toronado improved cornering performance comes at the sacrifice of its riding comfort. Disc brakes on all four wheels operate perfectly.

Passenger Comfort

The Toronado optional Visual Information Center complicates audio and climate-system settings, typical in this class’s automobiles. Look for a Toronado without that mechanism if you can. The backseats are tight. This vehicle only has the capacity for two persons, and they may not have enough headroom to sit straight. Worse still, the rear seat is overly hard and ill-fitting. When parking in a small space, hefty, wide doors might be a nuisance. The large rear roof pillars might make it difficult to see both over the shoulder and straight behind the vehicle. There isn’t a lot of room for cargo.


  • Height: 53.3 in
  • Length: 200.3 in
  • Width: 72.8 in
  • Curb weight: 3,528 lbs

Engine type: Gas V6, 3.8 L

Fuel tank: 18.8 g

1992 Oldsmobile Toronado

1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Factory Service Manual

These manuals go through every aspect of how the car operates. The vehicle’s purchase price does not include the service manual for your 1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO.

  • Safety Restraints
  • Instrumentation
  • Before Driving
  • Starting and Operating
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Specifications
  • Capacities
  • Servicing
  • Customer Assistance

The service manuals for the 1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s service and repair.

1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO — Owner’s Manual

When consumers purchase a 1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO, they get an owner’s manual containing all the required information for future maintenance, vehicle operation, and features.

  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance Record

While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for the OLDSMOBILE TORONADO provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.


To purchase the 1992 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO, find its prices below:

  • Base: $27,295 or €26225
  • Trofeo: $27,295 or €26225

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is my 1992 Toronado worth?

from $930-$3698, depending on condition and mileage

is 1992 the last year of the Toronado?


Is the Toronado a muscle car?