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 cravingdogsduty on Thursday, February 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great price"
Cons: "none not for a full luxury vehicle"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The private party on my vehicle is $10, 000 this is bases on what other excellent suv's of my make and model are selling for. Not based on value. ."
By Marti-Colorado on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "size, gas mileage, comfort, reliability"
Cons: "I'm very short and large side mirrors block vision"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I'm not sure what people are complaining about. I have praised this car since I brought it new. Most of my miles are highway thru the Co.mountains. I religiously got 28 mpg whether using cruise or just driving.It consistently gets 21 mpg city driving. The mpg. amazed me-I didn't expect that big a vehichle to get that mileage. It's nearly 12 yrs old now and I get 21 city and 26+ on the highway. I've had no major repairs. I change oil every 3,000 miles even tho manual says you can go longer. Otherwise, just tires,filters and routine maintenance. I only hope the next car I buy is as good."
By Gary on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "see above"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I pull a 6X12 cargo trailer and would still get 16-19 mpg while by it's self around 27 mpg. It is quite and handles very well and it's ride is very comfortable on long trips. It has been to Florida three times and always a pleasure to drive. Plently of leg room both front and rear. I like the left rear view mirror that tilts down when in reverse, and the back up object warning system. Saved my bacon a few times."
By Lynn on Saturday, February 01, 2014
I owned and sold this caroverall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "COmfortable seats and many cupholders"
Cons: "Mechanically a diaster."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I owned this car for only a few rears and traded it in 2008 and only got $5,000. Thank God I had an extended warrantee. In it's short life I had the rack/pinion steering replaced twice, gas tank replaced, transmission replaced, engine replaced, rear differential replaced and other mechanical issues with the car. My extended warranty paid out over $20,000 on this car and most of my friends were wondering what car I owned because I was in a rental most of the time. Avoid this car. Canada even had a class action suit against this car. If there are still some out there to buy they might fair better because they are not dead and survived. But if it has low mileage then be careful it might not got to the breaking point. I sold my car at 90,000 miles so it had time to show its problems."
8 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Ironmike on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable and handles nicely."
Cons: "Blind spots when backing up."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After more than 8 years, I can attest to the reliability and driveability of the Rendezvous. Aside from brake work, the car has been problem-free. It has a great ride, nice handling, a comfortable cabin, and great visibility. The only drawback is the body frame blocks good vision on the back rear sides when you're backing out. It performs very well on the interstate with an approx. 16-22 mpg from local to highway."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Leprochaun on Saturday, December 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,111overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "reliable and easy to maintain"
Cons: "Nothing to love, but some major annoyances."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"The Rendezvous mostly performs well. The AWD system is flawless. The engine is OK, but gas mileage is unimpressive. Reliability is very good. Front seats are OK, but the back seat is hard and flat. Cargo hauling is very generous. The bad: Noise from the exhaust disturbs an otherwise Buick like quiet ride. Visibility to the front corners is AWFUL, due to the giant side mirrors blocking your field of vision. Rear visibility is poor, as is expected. This car does NOT hold it's value well. The low contrast silver gauges are difficult to see."
14 people out of 17 found this review helpful