2005 Buick Terraza

  • 2005 Buick Terraza CXL Minivan

    CXL Minivan

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  • 2005 Buick Terraza CX Minivan

    CX Minivan

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      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
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2005 Buick Terraza Review

Nice styling and interior fail to make up for lacking performance.

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The 2005 Buick Terraza serves as an all-new minivan in this model year. This vehicle classifies as a sport crossover minivan due to its aggressive styling and high ride. The Terraza sits higher than most minivans in its class and offers a typical powertrain for a sport crossover minivan. The Terraza doesn’t perform as well as some of its competitors in test drives, though the average driver doesn’t mind its uninspired ride and handling. For those drivers who want a little more from their vehicles, the Terraza may not be a good fit. Overall, the Terraza proves useful for someone looking for a lot of space, a comfortable cabin, and a smooth ride.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Terraza CX, Buick Terraza CXL

What's New

The Buick Terraza is all new in 2005.


While technically considered a minivan, the 2005 Buick Terraza combines something of a minivan, SUV, and a sedan crossover. This vehicle even looks like a cross of a minivan and an SUV. The modern styling has the Terraza sitting up higher than traditional minivans, giving it a unique look, which appeals to the crowd that needs a minivan, but remains unwilling to own a grocery-getter. The body style looks a little boxier than most vans, but has the side sliding doors classic to this class. A curved, assertive grille and front end with the Buick logo accent the front of the vehicle.


The 2005 Buick Terraza’s cabin showcases its manufacturer’s best work. The cabin offers plenty of head and legroom, as well as comfortable chairs and seats. With a choice of cloth or leather bucket seats, this minivan also offers front door pockets, a center console with storage, and a tilt-adjustable leather steering wheel. This model also offers an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player. Additionally, the Terraza comes equipped for OnStar service and includes a radio data system. A DVD player and monitor improve long road trips with family or friends.

Performance & Handling

For the most part, the 2005 Buick Terraza provides what drivers expect from a vehicle of its size. In fact, the minivan’s ability to accelerate for merging and passing on the highway and for getting around the city seems impressive, due to the V-6 engine under the hood. The suspension system offers a good balance of handling and ride comfort as well. Some industry experts suggest that other models have better turning radiuses and improved reflexes over the Terraza. Many also think the minivan’s braking capabilities fall a bit on the long side. Additionally, the noises experienced in the cabin seem louder than one would expect from a Buick.


The 2005 Buick Terraza offers a decently long list of safety features. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front seat airbags with passenger-sensing technology on the passenger side, and a post-collision safety system come standard on all of the Terraza models. Stability and traction control remain available as well. Other standard safety features include front seat belt pretensioners, an engine immobilizer, and electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Terraza: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Available in all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable ride and handling
  • Two-wheel drive models offer stability control
  • Plenty of unique storage spaces
  • New multimedia storage space

You Won't Like

  • Refinement and engine class fall behind competitors
  • Offers no side curtain airbags

Sum Up

Nice styling and interior fail to make up for lacking performance.

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