A joy to me, my SUV
By dmcd on
2004 Buick Rainier CXL Plus AWD 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
Overall, very happy with Ranier. Recently returned from 5000 mile driving vacation, so put it to the comfort test. Our report is we enjoyed the ride and comfort, we did not get tired though some days included lots of miles. Lots of Christmas presents, golf clubs, luggage were stored well with back seat down. Window tinting makes it difficult to see cargo area contents, providing some sense of security. Very windy days produced excessive noise around the passenger front window. Styling of car got many stares from interstate travelers. Averaged over 19 mpg for entire trip, including city driving. XM radio made this a delightful trip, as well. Our first SUV, maybe a hybrid in 5 years??
XM radio (already extended this past the dealer paid intro), heated seats, great lumbar support on front seats, driver seat position as well as radio sets and mirrors are memorized for 2 drivers, V8 was very responsive and smooth, AWD was nice in snowy conditions in mountains.
Dealer service says wind noise around front passenger window is common problem. They improved it, but it is still annoying, but only when in substantial wind conditions (25+ mph). Some of the usual GM less than attractive plastic on interior aspects, but not as much as on the Envoy.