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2007 Buick Rainier

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2007 Buick Rainier Review

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Those who dismiss the Rainier as little more than a GMC Envoy in Buick clothing need to look a little closer. While it's true the Rainier uses the same engines, transmission and chassis as the Envoy (and its cousin, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer), Buick has given its midsize SUV a number of features befitting the nameplate's upscale image. A premium interior includes standard perforated leather seating, dark walnut dash appliques and power seats, while underneath the Rainier resides a standard load-leveling rear air suspension. Compared to traditional steel springs, the air suspension not only makes the Rainier's ride smoother, but keeps it sitting level, even when loaded down with crew and cargo. When equipped with the six-cylinder engine, the five-passenger Rainier provides good power and reasonable fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need room for five and all their cargo, the Rainier makes an excellent choice. Its interior is sufficiently plush to satisfy most luxury owners, and its 291-horspower in-line six-cylinder engine and optional all-wheel drive make it a good all-around hauling machine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't like the high step-up of a truck-based sport utility vehicle, and prefer a more car-like ride and interior, you may be better off with an Acura MDX or Chrysler Pacifica.

What's New for 2007

OnStar's Directions and Connections package makes the standard equipment roster, as does a tire pressure monitoring system and two new exterior colors: Midnight Blue and Graphite Metallic.

Driving the Rainier

Driving Impressions On the road, the Rainier performs admirably. The standard rear air suspension gives it a smoother ride than its steel-sprung counterparts at GMC and Chevrolet, and the standard 17-inch Michelin...

tires and Bilstein front shock absorbers provide impressive handling characteristics. Buick has worked hard to find the right balance between ride and handling and, from what we've experienced, has done a pretty good job. You'll find the steering and brake feel on the Rainier to be as good as any car in the Buick lineup and — so long as you don't charge through curving off-ramps at double the posted speed limit — you'll find body roll and lean to be minimal. The interior is very quiet at highway speeds, with only a little tire noise making its way into the cabin.

New Navigation Unit
The new GPS navigation unit incorporates navigation, audio and satellite radio into one, easy-to-use unit.

Dual-Zone Climate Control
The dual-zone climate control allows the driver and front-seat passenger to select individual temperature settings.

2007 Buick Rainier Details
Interior

The Rainier's interior is as lush and inviting as any Buick sedan. Perforated leather covers the seats and door panels, while a combination of dark burl walnut and chrome accents graces the Rainier's dash. The instrument layout is clear, legible and straightforward, with large rotary controls for the audio and climate control, and a four-spoke steering wheel complete with touch controls for the audio and the Driver's Information Center. The Rainier provides outstanding interior room in both the front and rear and, even with the second-row seat up, there is plenty of usable cargo space.

Exterior
2007 Buick Rainier photo

Although the Rainier's TrailBlazer/Envoy roots are clearly visible, Buick has massaged the Rainier's exterior sufficiently to give the vehicle its own identity. By grafting on the brand's signature grille and headlamp treatment and dressing up the rear-most pillar and liftgate, the Rainier takes on a smooth, somewhat rounder appearance than its GMC and Chevrolet cousins. Long rear doors make it easy to slip in and out of the Rainier, although the step-up height is greater than that of a minivan or crossover SUV. Additional chrome is available for those who desire a more premium appearance, as are six-spoke polished aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Notable standard equipment for the Rainier includes automatic dual-zone air conditioning, StabiliTrak, Driver Information Center, fog lights, anti-lock brakes (ABS), rear privacy glass, automatic headlamps, rear audio, OnStar with Direction and Connections package, a tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls for Driver's Information Center and audio, traction control and aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Popular Rainier options include a 5.3-liter V8 engine, a limited-slip rear differential, GPS navigation, DVD entertainment system, front and rear side-curtain airbags, XM Satellite Radio, heated front seats, power moonroof, power adjustable foot pedals and all-wheel drive.

Under the Hood

Unless you plan on towing something really big, you'll find the Rainier's in-line six more than adequate. Though the Rainier's standard 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine has more than enough power to satisfy even the most demanding drivers, the optional torque-happy 5.3-liter V8 permits you to tow up to 6,700 pounds, compared to a maximum of 6,300 pounds for the six. The Rainier's V8 is equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management technology, a system designed to improve fuel economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when their power is not needed— and it's completely unnoticeable, as well.

4.2-liter in-line 6
291 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
277 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (AWD)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (AWD)

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2007 Buick Rainier Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 192 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

I already miss my Rainier

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Many options (bells & Whistles)"

Cons: "No USB or Nav (too old)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this SUV new in 2006. I LOVED Rainier. Wish Buick still made it. Had everything I needed. Very dependable and with the OnStar, I was always safe. XM radio, heated seats, moon roof, towing package (for the boat/motorcycles) and lots of room to haul my dogs  Lots of Bells & Whistles! I have helped countless stranded people due to flat tires, because the Rainier comes with an air compressor with long enough hose to fill the other guy’s tires, beach toys, bike tires etc. Lots of room, separate heat/air and audio controls in the back seat. No major mechanical issues. Drove easily. The only reason I traded it in is because I drive 500+ miles several times a year and decided to get something with fewer miles. Did I say I LOVE this SUV???"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My favorite car ever!!!! LOVE IT!!

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, great size, comfortable for all."

Cons: "Stopped making this perfect model!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is exceptionally reliable, practically drives itself, is very well designed, quiet and a soft smooth ride. Buick hit it out of the park with this car. It is a quieter better ride than the 2011 Cadillac SUV I bought to replace it. Never got rid of the Rainier, I am still driving it. I need a new Rainier model BUICK. Height, size, space, perfect. Encore too small, Enclave too big."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best vehicle for the price.

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Room, gas mileage, dependability, ease to park"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just the right amount of room for a couple. Holds our luggage or gives us room to take someone else if need be. Great SUV"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

New problem every month

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "I want to like this car. lots of features"

Cons: "Any of those features may break anytime"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought the car with 33,000 miles and put 50,000 on so far in three years. In those three years, we never saw a day without something needing repair. Some of the minor problems went unfixed for a while because I only had enough money for the more important fixes. Here's a list off the top of my head of the all the stuff that went bad. Rear speakers buzz loudly, center console latch broke, heater for driver's seat quit, roll-over sensor for airbags went bad, exterior handle on driver's door broke, exterior handle on rear passenger door broke, lift struts for tailgate gave out, water pump had to be replaced, blower module that operates the cabin fan went bad. This car is has been a money pit. For being a nice car with a quality looking interior, it sure has kicked me in the wallet to the tune of more than $2000 just for unexpected repairs. Also, if you are a do-it-yourselfer and change your own oil, the filter is in a TERRIBLE spot that is hard to get a grip on."

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

i really enjoy driving this car

By on Saturday, November 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"it is great in the snow and it has a smooth ride. it doesn't appear to have any blind spots. the mirrors tip when you back up I like this vehicle"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought it new in 2004 and have replaced tires, battery and brakes once. The driver side window doesn't work in extreme cold but no other issues. It is comfortable, reliable and good looking."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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