The 2007 Buick Terraza minivan is actually billed as a luxury crossover sport van. Anything to avoid the soccer mom/minivan stigma seems to be acceptable for marketing purposes. The cabin has many clever features and looks like it qualifies as ""luxury,"" while the power is respectable. But ultimately, the Terraza is a minivan with a long hood that is short on handling and safety equipment. Buyers should look at the class leaders before settling on this luxury-mini-mom-sport-soccer-van.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.9-liter, V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick Terraza CX, Buick Terraza CX Plus, Buick Terraza CXL
For 2007, the 3.9-liter V-6 becomes the Buick Terraza’s standard engine and the all-wheel-drive option is discontinued.
The 2007 Buick Terraza minivan comes in three trim levels: CX, CX Plus, and CXL. The CX trim has nothing notable to mention in terms of exterior features. The CX Plus does offer a sport-tuned suspension along with an auto-leveling rear suspension. The top-of-the-line CXL adds alloy wheels.
Unlike a lot of offerings from Buick that tend to be outdated or not at all concerned with style, the Terraza actually offers rather distinctive styling. With sleek lines, some effects, and a unique look, the Terraza offers buyers a minivan that avoids the bland sub-styling cues that can plague this vehicle segment.
The CX starts off on the inside with a generous list of standard gear, such as air-conditioning, power windows, an eight-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, the OnStar communications system, cruise control, keyless entry, and a trip computer. The CX Plus then adds dual-zone climate control, a six-way power driver seat, and dual visor vanity mirrors. The top-line CXL throws in rear air-conditioning, a 115-volt AC outlet, rear parking assist, dual eight-way power seats with driver's memory, and upgraded storage. Stand-alone optional equipment includes a 40-gigabyte PhatNoise mobile digital media system that allows owners to store thousands of digital music files or a few dozen movies. Some of the other cabin options include heated seats, a remote vehicle-starting system, and satellite radio.
The cabin is rather spacious and offers a number of clever features, some of these being unique. The cabin looks luxurious with many clever and convincing faux materials that make it feel more expensive than it really is. The design is well thought out, and its build quality is more than acceptable, giving the Terraza a better than average cabin for this segment. The only notable minus would have to be the noise level. The Terraza has a noisier than average cabin, especially for a class that emphasizes interior comfort.
Performance & Handling
All Terraza models use a 3.9-liter V-6 with 240 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. This power plant puts out a production that is equal to that of class leaders. A four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are the only available gear. For a minivan, the Terraza is reasonably powerful and should handle most traffic situations in terms of acceleration.
The handling is a nice balance between agility and ride comfort. While the Terraza is no slouch when it comes to maneuvering, the wide turning radius and overall handling that is not up to that of class leaders means that buyers shouldn’t expect the Terraza to chew up the road. However, it does offer a mostly nice and smooth ride.
Standard safety features on all Terraza trims include stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and traction control. The CXL’s first two rows come standard with seat-mounted side-impact airbags that provide both head and torso protection in side impacts. The lack of third-row protection in this respect is an oversight as most rivals have this feature. In IIHS side-impact testing, a Terraza with side airbags rated the second lowest on a scale of four, that being ""marginal."" In the frontal offset crash testing conducted by the IIHS, the Terraza did earn the top score of ""good."" In NHTSA testing, the Terraza earned five out of five stars for its protection of the driver and front passenger in frontal impacts. That agency’s side-impact testing on a Terraza without side airbags resulted in a four-star score for front-passenger protection and five stars for rear passengers. It should be noted that the second-row seat came unbolted from the floor during testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick Terraza all trims: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- Storage spaces
- Multimedia storage system
- Standard stability control
You Won't Like
- Turning radius
- Cabin noise
- Not enough airbags
Minivan with a snazzy interior lacks in most other respects.
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