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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 198 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

I love this SUV

By on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 163,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort Plus it turns on a dime."

Cons: "The forward cup holder is in a bad location."

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

"I have owned this vehicle for 12 years. It has been reliable and dependable. It drives like a dream, nice and smooth. Takes bumps fantastic and I haven't been able to find anything so comfortable. If they still made this vehicle I would buy it again. I get an average of 19 miles per gallon too. It has great power and all the bells and whistles."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Would be better without auto AWD and air bag susp

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable, loaded with options, reliable engine"

Cons: "no manual 4wd option, air bag suspension, heavy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"4.2L inline six and auto transmission have been reliable. Gas mileage reflects heavy, old-style SUV. By far my biggest complaint is these Buicks don't come with a manual 4wd option. You can't turn it on or off, it only comes on when it senses wheel slip and they're very prone to breakdown. If the tires aren't exactly the same size, such as more wear on rear than front, the AWD will kick in. It cost me about $1000 to have the front axle housing replaced. Right now I have the transfer case fuse in the front fuse box and 4wd fuse under the back seat removed so the AWD doesn't kick in when I don't want it to. Also, I don't like the air bag rear suspension, and it really clunks when going over a significant bump. Other than AWD and air bag suspension I'm pretty pleased with the quality. Although I don't have the electric mirror control on because it has a mind of it's own and I don't know how to change it."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Love, love, love this SUV

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,700

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

Pros: "Plenty of engine power, interior options!"

Cons: "Cup holders too close to shifter."

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

"Bought this vehicle used. It is 9 years old, low mileage, a V-8, and is in near perfect condition. Love the heated seats, nav system, and all the other options this SUV is loaded with! Smooth ride, awesome acceleration. I have been wanting a SUV for a few years and was looking at a Buick Rendezvous when this caught my eye. I do not regret buying this vehicle!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Buick Rainier - Best Car I've Ever Owner

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, Comfortable, Great Size, Great Power w/8"

Cons: "Had to replace air shocks in the rear"

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

"I have my 2004 Buick Rainier for over 10 years now and the car just seems indestructible! My wife has been asking me when I'm going to trade this in and I cannot let it go. It just keeps running without issue and I still way more comfortable then any of the new cars and had a ton of power."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

One of the best vehicles I ever owned.

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This auto performs as if it was brand new. Great power to weight ratio. Lots of get up and go when you need it. Comfortable ride and reasonably good mpg. Wish the model was still available. I like V-8 power."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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???"

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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