By KBB.com Editors
The Rendezvous is Buick's crossover SUV, but in truth it's more minivan than rugged off-road vehicle. Although the Rendezvous' unusual exterior design is intended to conceal its minivan origins, it's hard not to notice the low step-in height and tall roof. These same exterior dimensions, however, make for a truly spacious interior, including a usable third-row seat capable of comfortably accommodating two adults. The Rendezvous line has been paired down to just two trim levels this year, prompting the loss of the all-wheel-drive model and the larger 3.6-liter V6 engine. Still, the front-wheel-drive layout performs well in snow and the Rendezvous' long list of appealing features and quasi-SUV image make a good choice for parents seeking to avoid the stigma associated with driving a minivan.
If you need a vehicle similar to a minivan, but you don't want the image that goes along with it, the Rendezvous makes a comfortable and stylish alternative.
The Rendezvous' styling may be too upright for some tastes and it does not have the rugged exterior of a Sport Utility Vehicle, nor is it as sporty as some of its competitors. Side-curtain airbags are not available and you can't order the power moonroof and DVD entertainment systems together.
The Plus models are shown the door, as is the all-wheel-drive option and the 3.6-liter engine. The CX model receives more standard content for 2007, including four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS).
Driving Impressions The Rendezvous gets a big boost in power with the addition of a 3.5-liter V6. This new engine sees improvements in low-end torque and fuel economy over the old 3.4-liter...V6.
Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist
The standard Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist (CXL) helps you avoid costly bumper dingsor worse.
The ingenious center console offers a place for just about every item you'll need for work or play.
Available leather seating with suede inserts cradles occupants in complete comfort. Seating is generous, with room for up to seven people. Unlike many SUVs, the Rendezvous' third-row seat can actually fit two adults, though there is little room left for cargo when in place. A brilliant center console design features compartments to store everything from loose change to a small laptop. A unique option in this class is the Head-Up Display, which projects speed, audio settings, fuel gauge and engine temperature onto the windshield's lower corner.Exterior
The Rendezvous has a tall profile, making for good visibility from the driver's seat. Its short nose and boxy rear are somewhat disguised by Buick's styling treatment that includes wrap-over headlamps and a long, trailing line that sweeps down the C-pillar on past the belt-line to form the edge of the tail lamps. The large rear flip-up hatch makes it easy to load large items and a number of roof-rack options (including a hard cargo carrier) allow one to carry everything from bikes to kayaks.
The Rendezvous features remote keyless entry, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), air conditioning, power windows, power locks, rear defroster, AM/FM stereo with CD, dual power mirrors, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel and cloth bucket seats. The CXL adds dual-zone automatic air conditioning, power driver's seat, traction control, rear audio controls, front side-impact airbags, leather seating, 17-inch aluminum wheels, garage door opener and a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls.
Options include a touch-screen navigation display built into the audio head unit, power moonroof, XM Satellite Radio, rear-seat DVD entertainment center and a trailer package (includes automatic leveling, auxiliary air compressor outlet, heavy-duty engine cooling and trailer wiring harness).
The Rendezvous' 3.5-liter V6 may not have the most horsepower in its class, but its ample low-end torque is more than adequate for passing and quick off-the-line acceleration. The 3.5-liter engine can be a bit loud at full throttle, but not annoyingly so. Fuel economy figures in the high twenties should come as welcome relief to families struggling with large fuel bills.
196 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26
By Bob on Friday, January 23, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Many including versitility great gas mileage (22)"
Cons: "Very few."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I Bought this vehicle new in February of 2004. It's the only vehicle I've had in 30+ years of driving that I didn't want to get rid of. This car has never let me down and is extremely dependable. It currently has over 148,000 miles is still going strong. If Buick made this model today I'd buy a new one but because they took this great vehicle off the market in 2007 and replaced it with a much more cost prohibitive but equally as nice car, the Enclave, I think I'll keep mine."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Riouex on Saturday, January 17, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Long lasting, drives like a car"
Cons: "Many issues with tires and underbody"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Have had to do costly repairs on chassis which I found out is common on these vehicles. If you can get past this and the very poor fuel economy, it's actually a pretty comfortable and easy to maintain vehicle. My vehicle has seen some very harsh winters and is still alive and well. Rust started in 2010 on the hood but is very slow to spread. Because of the age of the vehicle I have put very little work in it and only do what is absolutely necessary and regular oil changes. At 145,000 miles the vehicle still drives very well. The already not so great fuel economy has taken a slight dip, but the vehicle itself is still mechanically sound."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By bjbm on Saturday, November 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "excellent on wet roads. very good visibility."
Cons: "placement of the horn, tight rear leg room"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Excellent ride,very good on wet roads. Only complaint I have is the placement of the horn. It's location on the steering wheel isn't easy to use. Requires strong thumb. Excellent side mirrors and back up sensors."
8 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Peaches on Thursday, November 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "nice ride"
Cons: "very, very prone to breakdowns"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Wheel hubs have been replaced twice, engine head gaskets, twice, fuel gage, rear drive axle, alternator,once and now the body computer is out , making the AWD to be disabled, the TPMS reads malfunction and finally the fuel gage is reading "E" all the time again. Car still drives and rides nice but I'm just waiting for the next malady to occur."
7 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By kathy on Saturday, October 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I am very pleased with this vehicle. It's comfortable, reliable. Can easily seat 5-6 people for a weekend getaway. Has cruise control AWD, great in snow. I guess the gas mileage could be a drawback for really conservative people, Winter 20 to 22 mpg. Summer,spring and autumn 23 to 24 mpg."
11 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By gary on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great all around vehicle"
Cons: "can not think of any"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this suv new and use it to tow a 12x6 cargo trailer under 3500 pounds. It gets 24-27 mpg on highway and gets betweent 15-18 mpg while towing. Only warrenty work was a leaking tail light bezel and a loose drivers window switch panel. Both replaced/repaired under warrenty. It has been on four long trips of over 2000 miles and was a pleasure to drive. Quite ride and good handling for an suv. Probably never sell it. It has never overheated due to pulling trailer even during the summer in the mountians of south eastern US. I would buy it all over again. Best suv out there in its class!"
10 people out of 16 found this review helpful