Used 2006 Buick Rainier SUV

2006 Buick Rainier
List price range
$6,500 - $9,888


  • Exceptionally quiet ride, strong optional V8, easy to get in and out, decent off-road ability.


  • Subpar build and materials quality, sloppy handling, lacks key safety features, not enough storage space.

Used 2006 Buick Rainier SUV for Sale

Buick Rainier 2006 CXL 4dr SUV AWD (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
104,010 miles
Used 2006
Buick Rainier
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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This 2006 Buick Rainier CXL is proudly offered by DARCARS Pre-Owned Fairfax Drive home in your new pre-owned vehicle with the knowledge you're fully backed by the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. CARFAX shows that this is a one-owner vehicle -- no wonder it's in such great condition. This Buick Rainier CXL defines excellence in an SUV. It has the convenience of limitless boundaries paired with city sophistication. Comfort. Performance. Safety. Enjoy all three with this well-appointed AWD 2006 Buick. The Rainier CXL is well maintained and has just 104,010mi. This low amount of miles makes this vehicle incomparable to the competition. Added comfort with contemporary style is the leather interior to heighten the quality and craftsmanship for the Buick Rainier Clean interior%3F How about flawless. This Buick Rainier looks like has never been used. Why go with a basic vehicle when you can have it all in this well-optioned Buick Rainier%3F This Buick Rainier is equipped with navigation, so you no longer have to wonder if you're headed in the right direction. This is one of those rare vehicles that comes along for just a brief moment. CALL US NOW AT 703-385-0500, OUR WHOLESALE PRICES GIVE YOU THE BEST DEAL IN THE MARKET . ALL TYPES OF FINANCING AVAILABLE. REPO, BANKRUPTCY .see sales associate for details. Shop Online 24/7 %40DARCARS.COM Prices exclude tax, tags, and %2524499 processing charge. %2ANote - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.%2A Air bags frontal driver and right front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System %28front passenger air bag status indicated on inside rearview mirror%29 %28Always use safety belts and proper child restraints even with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the Owners Manual for more safety information.%29,Air conditioning dual-zone automatic individual climate settings for driver and right front passenger with outside temperature display,All wheel drive,Alternator 150 amps,Appearance chromed includes roof side rails and outside door handles,Battery heavy-duty includes rundown protection and retained accessory power,Body liftgate with liftglass includes electric release and rear-window wiper/washer,Brakes 4-wheel antilock 4-wheel disc,Brakes 4-wheel antilock 4-wheel disc,Bumpers front and rear color-keyed,Cargo storage well,Carpet savers color-keyed carpeted front and rear removable,City 15/hwy 21 %284.2L engine/4-speed auto trans%29,City 15/hwy 21 %285.3L engine/4-speed auto trans%29,Console overhead custom,Cruise control,Cupholders front and rear of center console,Custom Perforated Leather appointed seats,Daytime running lamps includes automatic exterior lamp control,Daytime running lamps includes automatic exterior lamp control,Defogger rear-window electric,Door locks child security rear,Door locks power programmable,Driver Information Center monitors up to 13 different systems includes trip computer fluid levels and door ajar,Engine Vortec 4200 SFI I6 includes transmission oil cooler %28291 HP [217 kW] %40 6000 rpm 277 lb.-ft. [375 N-m] %40 3600 rpm%29,Fog lamps front halogen with chrome surround,Fuel capacity approximate 22 gallons %2883 liters%29,GVWR 5750 lbs. %282608 kg%29,Glass Solar-Ray deep tinted %28all windows except light tinted glass on windshield driver and front passenger%29,Glovebox passenger side of instrument panel,Headlamps dual halogen composite includes flash-to-pass feature and automatic lamp control,Keyless entry remote includes 2 transmitters panic button and content theft alarm,Lamps cornering,License plate bracket front includes cover for states where a front license plate is not required,Lighting perimeter with theater dimming cargo compartment door-and tailgate-activated switches illuminated entry exit feature and rear map lights,Memory Package 2-position memory driver seat and outside rearview mirrors,Mirror inside rearview auto-dimming with integrated 8-point compass,Mirrors outside rearview foldaway heated with turn signal indicators,OnStar 1-year of Safe and Sound service. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment Emergency Services Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance Remote Door Unlock OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics Roadside Assistance Accident Assist and Remote Horn and Lights. Also featuring Hands-Free Calling %28OnStar services require vehicle electrical system %28including battery%29 wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit for system limitations and details.%29,Power outlets auxiliary covered 2 in front bottom of instrument panel 1 in rear of center console 12-volt,QuietTuning,Rear axle 3.73 ratio,Seat adjuster power passenger 8-way,Seats front leather-appointed reclining buckets with adjustable head restraints driver and passenger seat includes 8-way power adjustment and 2-way power lumbar,Seats rear 2nd row split-folding,Sound system ETR AM/FM stereo with CD and cassette player includes seek-and-scan digital clock auto-tone control speed-compensated volume TheftLock random select auto-reverse cassette and Radio Data System %28RDS%29,Sound system feature rear audio controls includes headphone jacks %28headphones not included%29 and controls,StabiliTrak stability control system,StabiliTrak stability control system,Steering column Tilt-Wheel adjustable includes brake/transmission shift interlock,Steering power,Steering wheel leather-wrapped rim includes genuine wood trim and accessory controls for audio and Driver Information Center,Suspension Package Premium Smooth Ride,Suspension front independent double A arm,Suspension rear load-leveling 5-link solid axle electronically controlled air suspension with compressor and inflator hose with gauge,Theft-deterrent alarm system content theft alarm,Theft-deterrent system PASSlock,Tire spare full-size located at rear underbody of vehicle,Tires P245/65R17 all-season blackwall,Trailering equipment heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform 7-wire harness plus CHMSL wire and heavy-duty flasher,Trailering wire harness connector,Transfer case AWD electronic automatic system variable driving torque percentage,Transmission 4-speed automatic electronically controlled with overdrive,Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener 3-channel programmable,Visors padded color-keyed driver and passenger side with cloth trim sliding feature illuminated vanity mirrors,Wheels 4 - 17' x 7' %2843.2 cm x 17.8 cm%29 custom aluminum 8-spoke,Windows power includes driver and front passenger express-down feature and driver lockout feature,Wipers intermittent front
Buick Rainier 2006 CXL 4dr SUV AWD (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
75,360 miles
Used 2006
Buick Rainier
Buchanan Cadillac
49.4 mi away
Est.Loan: $202/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Quiet and powerful, especially in V8 form, the 2006 Buick Rainier fails to look and act the part of a luxury SUV in most other respects.

vehicle overview

Introduced in 2004, the Buick Rainier is a luxury-oriented midsize SUV. It's built on GM's body-on-frame midsize SUV platform also used for the TrailBlazer and Envoy. To help distinguish it from its GM siblings, the Rainier has an elliptical Buick grille and unique headlights and taillights.

More importantly, the Rainier benefits from an initiative called "QuietTuning," whereby additional sound-deadening material has been applied in various trouble spots (engine compartment, doors, quarter panels). Further, the windshield and front side windows are coated in acoustic laminate, while the C- and D-pillars have reinforced seals. Aside from this upgrade and some extra wood trim in the cabin, the Buick Rainier looks, feels and drives like any TrailBlazer or Envoy. Interior materials and fit and finish are subpar compared to that of other premium-brand SUVs, while accommodations for the Rainier's five passengers offer mediocre levels of comfort and space.

Out on the road, this Buick SUV is as quiet as they come but lacks the handling composure expected of a luxury vehicle. Ride quality at least is smooth, and power is more than adequate with either engine choice. Problem is, building a good luxury SUV isn't just about making it quiet and smooth-riding. It should also handle with confidence out on the road. If you're mainly interested in a GM midsize SUV, choosing the Rainier for its extra refinement could make sense. But compared with SUVs like the 4Runner or Touareg, the 2006 Buick Rainier is simply outclassed.

trim levels & features

The five-passenger Buick Rainier comes well equipped in one trim, CXL. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, leather upholstery, wood accents in the cabin, power seats, memory for the seats and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player and OnStar telematics. Various options include adjustable pedals, seat heaters, a DVD-based navigation system, a rear DVD entertainment system and a sunroof.

performance & mpg

Two engines are available in the Buick Rainier. The standard power plant is GM's 4.2-liter inline six that makes 291 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. For added towing power, an optional 5.3-liter V8 offers 300 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use the same transmission, a four-speed electronically controlled automatic that delivers seamless, well-timed shifts in almost all situations. Both two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are available. Equipped with the V8, the Rainier can tow up to 6,700 pounds.


Four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control are standard. Full-length head curtain airbags are optional, but seat-mounted side airbags (for front occupants) are not available. The Buick Rainier earned five stars for both front- and rear-passenger side-impact protection when equipped with the optional airbags. Frontal impacts resulted in a three-star rating for the driver and four stars for the front passenger. The IIHS rated the Rainier's mechanical twin, the Chevy TrailBlazer, as "Marginal" (the second lowest score on a four-point scale) after conducting its frontal offset crash test.


The Rainier's standard inline six is smooth and powerful, and should be adequate for most shoppers. Those who wish for a little more grunt will be pleased with the Rainier's optional V8. With 300 hp available across a wide-rpm range, you'll rarely find yourself wishing for more. With its tough truck-based underpinnings, the 2006 Buick Rainier has a fair amount of real off-road capability. For the majority of buyers who won't be off-roading in their Buick SUV, it offers a smooth, comfortable ride. Handling is not what it should be, however, as the Rainier's poorly tuned rear suspension gives it a skittish feel when taking turns at higher speeds. Placed in similar situations, competitors feel much more confident.


Inside, the Buick Rainier looks similar to its GM cousins but offers sporty gauges similar to those found in the Rendezvous, along with real wood trim. The Buick's cabin is certainly quiet compared to a its cousins or any other SUV for that matter, as it includes extra sound-deadening material and laminated glass. There's adequate room for five passengers, but you're out of luck if you need a third-row seat. Seat comfort is average front and rear. With the rear seat folded down, there's 80 cubic feet of cargo space.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Buick Rainier.

Love my Buick!
missmegs702, 8/15/2013
After owning many other cars, incl. a Mercedes C230, my Buick Rainier is by far my favorite car, maybe ever. I'm in my early 30's, and a few years ago I probably would have scoffed at driving a Buick. In 2011 we were looking for a work SUV for my hubby (trailblazer, etc) and came across it at a dealership and got it for a steal. The next year he bought a truck, and I happily took over the Rainier. It is so comfortable, air ride is fantastic and it drives great. We got an extended warranty and had to have some of the suspension fixed (airbags and sensors) right after we bought it, but really no issues since. Have taken it on several long trips and it's just so comfortable! Really a great SUV.
Glad I Found This One
JB, 5/5/2007
I love this vehicle. I've owned several autos in the past, including two Toyotas and a Chevy Trailblazer ('04). I usually go pretty basic on them, then look at the owner's manual later and realize all the goodies I didn't have on mine. All that has changed with buying the Rainier. If this truck were a movie, it would truly be a "sleeper." I don't know why more people haven't discovered all the virtues of this vehicle.
Truly useful
Bill, 10/30/2009
I purchased this former short-term rental vehicle with 13k miles on it in Dec '06. Now with 65k miles on it, the only thing that has malfunctioned was a headlight relay, quickly replaced under warranty. It's dead reliable, smooth, comfortable, great in snow and good at towing a 4k lbs, 26ft sailboat. Milage average is 19 mpg with mostly highway driving. Quality of materials and assembly is very high - the leather upholstery is actually better than that in my '04 Mercedes.
My car
mcquiston, 8/21/2006
Very limtied cup holders. Front seats need to go back another couple of inches for taller people. The settings should be key linked and not linked via remote
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Features & Specs

14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2006 Buick Rainier SUV Overview

The Used 2006 Buick Rainier SUV is offered in the following styles: CXL 4dr SUV AWD (4.2L 6cyl 4A), and CXL 4dr SUV (4.2L 6cyl 4A).

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