Used 2007 Buick Rainier SUV
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2007 Buick Rainier KBB Expert Review
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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)
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD), 15/21 (AWD)
The Rainer has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,120, while the all-wheel-drive model is $34,140. A fully-loaded Rainer with the 5.3-liter V8 and all-wheel drive can easily top $40,000. Before you set out to purchase a new Rainier, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price being paid in your area. Once you've purchased your Rainier, you can expect it to hold an average five-year projected residual value - on par with the Mercury Mountaineer, slightly below the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 and well below the Acura MDX.
Buick Rainier Consumer Reviews
November 18, 2015
Love, love, love this SUV
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,...
September 28, 2015
Buick Rainier - Best Car I've Ever Owner
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...
September 22, 2015
One of the best vehicles I ever owned.
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...
June 11, 2015
I already miss my Rainier
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,...
May 03, 2015
My favorite car ever!!!! LOVE IT!!
This car is exceptionally reliable, practically drives itself, is very well designed, quiet and a soft smooth ride. Buick hit it out of...
February 24, 2015
Best vehicle for the price.
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
August 30, 2014
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...
June 30, 2014
Rear end repair with all new GM parts..rear bumper
and support underneath all new. This vehicle has been serviced every three thousand miles and has never had oil added between changes....
May 30, 2014
198K trouble-free (for the most part) miles
I bought this SUV new in Dec 2003. And, hit the road almost, immediately. The failures are listed below, but the Rainier was there when...
February 19, 2014
I have own this suv for a while. I am extremely pleased with it's performance. I would recommend this to any one that wants a classy suv...