The 2007 Buick Rendezvous is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that looks like it comes from a past era; it lacks the features, style, performance, and handling of its competition. The Rendezvous can’t decide what it wants to be: tall wagon, athletic crossover, or luxury sedan with extra cargo space. It is outdone in almost every feature that crossover buyers value. The Rendezvous is difficult to recommend, given the wealth of fine competition and its failure to be at the head of its class in any given category.
Body Styles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Rendezvous CX, Buick Rendezvous CXL
For 2007, the Buick Rendezvous lineup is reduced to just the CX and CXL, and the ""Plus"" versions of each trim are dropped. The all-wheel-drive option is sadly discarded; in a nod to the 21st century, the base stereo's cassette player is a relic of the past. Even worse, the powerful 3.6-liter V-6 inexplicably vanished as well. Anti-lock brakes and one free year of OnStar ""Directions and Connections"" plan are now standard on all Rendezvous models.
The Buick Rendezvous crossover SUV is available in two trim levels: base CX and the more luxurious CXL. The CX starts things off with 17-inch wheels, while moving up to the CXL adds traction control and alloy wheels. Many of the standard features on the CXL can also be added as options on the CX. Optional on both is a power moonroof.
The exterior of the Rendezvous is best described as outdated. It looks a bit like a relic from another age.
The CX cabin has air-conditioning, keyless entry, power windows, a CD player, rear parking assist, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The CXL adds leather seating, power front seats, a third-row seat, automatic dual-zone climate control, front-seat side airbags, a trip computer, tire-pressure monitor, Homelink, and wood-tone cabin trim. Many of the CXL’s standard features can also be added as options on the CX. Exclusive options for the CXL include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a navigation system, leather and suede seating, a head-up display, a six-disc CD changer audio system, and heated seats. Stand-alone options for both trims include XM satellite radio and second-row captain's chairs that replace the standard three-passenger bench.
Performance & Handling
The only engine option for the Rendezvous is a 3.5-liter V-6. Output is rated at 201 horsepower and 216 lb-ft of torque. Not bad, but noticeably below the competition. A four-speed automatic is the only available transmission. Front-wheel drive is the only available power delivery method. At lower speeds around town, the 3.6-liter V-6 is in the zone power band-wise, and the Rendezvous accelerates well in these driving situations. It’s out on the highway at upper speeds that the Rendezvous is outdone by its rivals, as acceleration is lacking at these speeds.
The handling is also a weak point for the Rendezvous. The steering reacts slowly and is uncommunicative. Body roll is a concern not to be ignored. Many other vehicles in this segment offer drastically superior handling and athleticism. The Rendezvous does have the floating, comfortable ride of a Buick sedan in its favor. Great on long trips until you have to turn.
Anti-lock brakes are standard on both trims, while traction control and front side airbags are optional on the CX and standard on the CXL. Stability control is not available on either model. In NHTSA crash tests, the Buick Rendezvous CX scored three stars, and the CXL received four out of five stars in frontal-impact testing, and both trims scored a perfect five-star rating in side-impact crash tests. Buyers should note that the driver's door swung open when unlocked during this test. During frontal offset crash testing by the IIHS, the Rendezvous scored the second highest rating on a scale of four, that being an ""acceptable.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Rendezvous CX: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Buick Rendezvous CXL: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Third row seats
- Comfortable ride
- Interior storage
- Cabin design
- Fuel economy
You Won't Like
- No all-wheel drive
- Lags class in power
- Subpar interior materials
- Exterior styling
Fuel efficient and spacious crossover lags in its class.
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