The 2005 Buick Rainier, Buick’s answer to the Chevrolet Trailblazer, is a well-equipped sport utility vehicle (SUV) with plenty of features and accessories. This vehicle has been called the most luxurious and comfortable in its class. During the 2005 model year, just one year after the Rainier hit the American market; several changes improved the SUV’s convenience and drive. As usual, Buick pays a great deal of attention to the safety features and systems in this vehicle. The Rainier also impresses in terms of performance and handling. It drives much like Buick’s high-end sedans. Overall, it makes a good choice for anyone looking for the flexibility of a SUV, the comfort of a sedan, and the style of a luxury car.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder, V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Rainier CXL
For the 2005 model year, Buick drops the Rainier to a single trim level, the CXL, doing away with the CXL Plus. This year’s model also gets the option of a CD/MP3 player as well as full-length head curtain airbags. On this model of the Rainier, Buick eliminates the seat-mounted side airbags. Additionally, upgrades to the cabin provide more comfort and include real wood accents on the steering wheel and shift knob.
Buick knows how to create stylish, elegant vehicles. The company doesn’t miss the mark with the 2005 Rainier. Intended as a luxury SUV, the Rainier features the classic Buick front end with rounded curves and the Buick logo in the center of the grille. The rest of the SUV’s body combines smooth curves and sleek lines. This SUV, offered in a variety of colors, makes a good fit for daily commutes and picking the kids up from school.
Buick goes out of its way to make the 2005 Rainier’s Cabin as comfortable and luxurious as possible. This SUV features leather upholstery, plenty of head and legroom, and bucket front seats. The back seat has a split-folding design to enhance cargo space options. The cabin offers several storage options as well. The center console, front door pockets, overhead compartment, and storage on the back of the front seats prove ideal for storing necessary items. Audio controls are also found on the steering column for the driver’s convenience. Wood trim on the dash and doors, as well as the leather steering wheel, add elegance and refinement to the Rainier’s interior design.
Performance & Handling
Test drivers and industry evaluators don’t get overly excited about the 2005 Buick Rainier’s handling. It feels a bit sloppy, but the engine offers a smooth, quiet ride. The 4.2-liter, inline six-cylinder engine option offers 275 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque when paired with the standard four-speed automatic transmission. The offroad capabilities seem decent on this model; though do not expect it to take on truly challenging terrain.
Safety marks a big concern in any vehicle, but especially those designed for families and lots of passengers. For this reason, Buick adds a long list of standard safety features to its 2005 Rainier. This model features four-wheel anti-lock brakes with front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks come standard as well. Additionally, the Rainier comes equipped with traction control, a post-collision safety system, and an anti-theft alarm system. Two headrests in both the front and rear seats help reduce whiplash in the event of an accident. These headrests also adjust to accommodate different passengers. Daytime and cornering lights also come standard on this model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Rainier 4.2-liter six-cylinder: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Good V-8 engine option
- Adequate offroad capabilities
- Quiet ride
- Easy to get in and out of
You Won't Like
- Lacks storage space
- Unimpressive handling
- Poor build and material quality
A powerful, comfortable, and quiet ride with the V-8.
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