The 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva does not receive any changes to the exterior, but that is because the design is clean and attractive. Now standard are daytime running lights for improved visibility on the road. It comes in 10 color options. The 14-inch wheels are either aluminum or the optional alloy. Exterior options include rear spoiler, fog lights, and power exterior mirrors.
On the inside, the 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva's seatbelts are repositioned for extra safety and comfort. Air-conditioning is now standard. The instrument panel remains simple with large analog gauges and controls. Unfortunately, the interior is extremely cramped, even for the front seats. The backseat is difficult to access, especially for the SC coupe model. The AM/FM stereo system can be replaced with an AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo system. Other interior options include cruise control, power windows and locks, and a keyless entry system.
The 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva handles like most compacts. The 1996 version features a 2.4-liter Twin Cam with 150 hp at a 6000 rpm. Standard features include a five-speed manual transmission, but this can be replaced with an automatic transmission. Any model with the optional automatic transmission also gets traction control as part of the deal. There is an option for a large, 3.1-liter, V-6 engine. While it is more than suitable for daily use, it certainly isn't a race winner.
The 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva receives a number of upgrades for the 1996 model year. These include a brand new interior design with dual airbags, a new engine, and optional traction control.