2002 Buick Rendezvous Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Buick Rendezvous - Road Test Specs

2002 Buick Rendezvous SUV

(3.4L V6 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2002
StyleCXL AWD 4dr SUV (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$31,530.00


Drive typeAWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)185 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)210 @ 4,000
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, strut-type with coil springs
Suspension, rearIndependent, short and long control arms
Steering typePower-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandUniroyal
Tire modelTiger Paw Touring SR
Tire size, frontP215/70SR16
Tire size, rearP215/70SR16
Brakes, frontFour-wheel vented disc with ABS and power assist

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.1
0-60 mph (sec.)10.7
0-75 mph (sec.)16.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.8@77.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.4
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)74
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe 3.4-liter engine is required to move a good amount of weight, about 4,024 pounds' worth, and in that respect, performance seems a little lacking. The old technology overhead-valve V6 is feeling just that, old. When you consider some of the new engines GM has in its arsenal, it's time to replace this one with something newer. Our best effort came on the second run with a brake-torque start and automatic shifting of the transmission. The transmission stalls at a high 2,700 rpm, but that did help it get off the line much better than the street start. Each run after the second went slower and slower, hinting that the engine was getting heat-soaked and that we were not going to improve our times.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe numbers generated were good numbers, but the way they were achieved could use some minor improvements. We experienced a good amount of nose dive along with a moderate amount of ABS system noise. What was more disconcerting was the transmission clunking into gear after we had stopped on each run. Our best 30-to-0 distance was achieved on the first run and the best 60-to-0 on the second run. Our third run netted an increase in distance of 10 feet from 60, which revealed that the brakes were showing a little fade, but surprisingly, the brakes came back better on the fourth run with only 7 feet difference.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe Rendezvous proved to be a decent handler with only some tail movement. You can feel the high center of gravity as you throw it through the cones, but even with a good amount of body roll, it seems to do fine. Steering is direct, but takes large movements of the wheel to generate an equal response from the suspension. Let's face it: The suspension is tuned for ride quality, not handling. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)67
Wind (mph, direction)0 mph

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 18/24 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)16
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,024
Length (in.)186.5
Width (in.)73.6
Height (in.)68.9
Wheelbase (in.)112.2
Legroom, front (in.)40.5
Legroom, rear (in.)39
Headroom, front (in.)40.9
Headroom, rear (in.)40.1
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)54.5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)109


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsABS and electronic brake force distribution
Traction controlAvailable on front-wheel-drive model only
Stability controlNot available
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemOptional OnStar system
NHTSA crash test, driverN/A
NHTSA crash test, passengerN/A
NHTSA crash test, side frontN/A
NHTSA crash test, side rearN/A
NHTSA rollover resistanceN/A

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