The Buick Rendezvous debuted in 2002 and ran through the first half of the 2007 model year. This sport utility vehicle (SUV) competes in the crossover SUV class and enjoys limited success. For the 2005 model year, the Rendezvous features the classic good looks of the Buick sedans combined with a sporty SUV style. In the cabin, the Rendezvous has a hard time keeping up with its luxury status and must fight against its out of date styling and inferior materials. In terms of performance and handling, this SUV offers a comfortable ride, but one that doesn’t allow for much road feel. The handling also feels rather sloppy and won’t appeal to demanding drivers.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Rendezvous CX, Buick Rendezvous Ultra
Buick makes some changes to the 2005 Rendezvous. New wheel and tire combinations are available, as well as a larger 3.6-liter, V-6 engine option. This motor choice comes on the front-drive versions of the CX.
The 2005 Buick Rendezvous classifies as a midsize SUV with plenty of character and the style one would expect from Buick. This SUV looks almost like a large sedan in terms of its external body style. The body features a curvaceous look with clean, sleek lines along the side of the vehicle. The front end and grille look rounded, with the classic Buick logo placed in the center of the grille. The Rendezvous comes in a variety of colors and other options. This SUV fits in well with the country club set, as it does with the soccer team circle.
Buick makes every attempt to create cabin space for the 2005 Rendezvous. Unfortunately, it falls short in several areas, like material quality. Even with that challenge, the SUV’s interior has its strong points. It features several storage compartments, including a center console, overhead console, and front door pockets. The leather steering wheel adds a bit of elegance to the interior design as well. One of the biggest draws for the Rendezvous remains the copious amounts of head and legroom available throughout the cabin.
Performance & Handling
While people have plenty of good things to say about the 2005 Buick Rendezvous, the performance and handling for this model fall short of what one would expect from Buick. Handling tends to feel a bit sloppy with this particular drivetrain and a great deal of body roll can be felt around corners and sharp turns in the road. Road feel gets lost in the SUV’s comfortable ride, which for some can actually benefit some drivers. The smaller 3.4-liter, V-6 engine, while competent, isn’t particularly responsive or refined. Most test drivers think the larger motor option comes better equipped for passing maneuvers and merging. Despite its crossover status, this vehicle cannot spend a lot of time offroad. Other competing models typically offer better offroad capabilities. With all of that said, the Rendezvous deserves a look for someone in the market for a reliable family SUV with plenty of space and comfort.
The 2005 Buick Rendezvous includes plenty of safety features as well. It features two front and two rear adjustable headrests designed to reduce the likelihood of whiplash in the event of an accident. Front and rear ventilated disc brakes come standard too. The airbag on the front passenger side of the SUV comes equipped with an occupant sensor to allow the airbag to deploy only if someone sits in the seat. These models also feature a remote anti-theft system in addition to daytime running lights and an engine immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Rendezvous 3.4-liter V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Buick Rendezvous 3.6-liter V-6: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Very comfortable ride
- Lots of storage space
- Third-row seats fold flat
- Good fuel economy
- Well-made 3.6-liter engine
You Won't Like
- Cheap interior materials
- Limited offroad capabilities
- Weak standard V-6 engine
Plenty of room and comfort for a family or lots of passengers, but limited offroad capabilities.
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