2005 Buick Rendezvous Consumer Review: Some Disappointments

2005 Buick Rendezvous SUV - Consumer Review

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By James Charnock on


2005 Buick Rendezvous CX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


Worst thing about the SUV are headrests: 6" back from one's head. For safety it should be 2" or less. I had to add neck pillows to compensate. Gas mileage closer to 15 than 19 for city. No vinyl protection available for top of back bumper so the bumpers are too subject to dings by others. Cross bars not very strong and no vinyl stripes on roof top to keep cargo bag from scratching surface. Like the wideness and shortness of the vehicle (for short garages)--4x8 sheets fit in without riding on the wheel wells--good handyman vehicle, especially with removable 2nd seats. Pulldown hatch strap has broken twice in one year. Poorly designed. Seat and height comfortable. Very hot days tax AC. Very cold tax heater

Best Features

Comfort and handling. Shortness, utilitarian wideness, plenty of hauling room with 2nd seats removed. High ceiling. Flexible rear "trunk" cover allows for higher objects to be carried and concealed.

Worst Features

Should have side safety/crash curtains. Better pulldown hatch strap (cheap plastic). Better gas mileage. Set up for hands-free cell phone calling. When 2nd row of seats are out should have pull down sheet to hide exposed contents in "trunk". Dealer should offer a "course" in tire changing!
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