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.
"I never thought that I would drive a Buick. We were shopping for an envoy and couldn't find one that we both liked. The sales rep asked us if we would be interested in looking at a Buick and after much reluctuance we did. It is by far the best vehicle we have ever owned."
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."