In 1999, Oldsmobile discontinued the Achieva model and introduced the Alero, a well-equipped sedan that was offered in two and four-door versions. The 2000 Alero added a composite intake manifold to four-cylinder engine models, in addition to updating several major trim levels. A new five-speed manual transmission debuted for the four-cylinder in 2001, as did an updated ABS system and standard 16 wheels. No major changes were in store for 2002. But 2003 saw the addition of optional XM Satellite Radio. The 2004 Alero offered fewer speakers, down to four from six, and added a new Sport Red body color.
Coming in either a two-door or four-door variety, the brand new entry-level 1999 Oldsmobile Alero standard traction control and four-wheel disc brakes provides some impressive handling credentials to a compact car category.