I am an owner of a BMW M5 and an Audi S4. But I needed a vehicle with genuine luggage capacity for a vacation. I rented a Rendezvous CXL. I really liked it. My wife really liked it. Even our college-bound son admitted he liked it.The Rendezvous offered very comfortable seats and comfortable ride, quiet and reasonable horsepower, though I always would like more. It provides a great view and command of the highway and there was no difficulty in handling city driving. I had been considering the purchase of a BMW X5 as an SUV but I am now seriously considering a Rendezvous CXL, or Buick’s successor to the Rendezvous, the Enclave. Congratulations to a fine American car.
We own 4 Buicks of different years which have all turned out to be extremely reliable. our 2007 Ruby red Rendezvous has 108 cu feet of cargo space .. more than any CUV it's size... and gets a easy 25mpg even going up and down the hilly highways of PA.. I change my own brakes and the Lucas all alloy brakes are very easy to change rotors and pads... never had a bolt stick because the alloy does not rust. The ride is very comfortable and quiet. Take care of this car and it will take care of you. At 4,000lbs it will be safer than the tiny SUVs I see running around with more interior space and the option to take out the rear seats. Very good practical vehicle.
This is one of the best handling cars that I have ever owned. The Rendezvous CXL is very comfortable when driving in town or out on the highway. The heads-up display keeps your eyes on the road and not looking down to set your cruise. The instrument panel is laid out to see your gauges, but are also shown in the heads-up display. My wife drove a Buick LaCrosse, but to her the Rendezvous gives her a comfortable ride and the ease of driving a small car in traffic, but doesn't feel like a full size SUV. It's very nicely equipped and for the money it's a good car to own. I read some of the reviews on the 2005 & 2006 Rendezvous, I feel like a lot of the complaints have been fixed on the 2007 model.
This is my wife's car. She says it drives like a luxury car. It's very good on the highway and we drove it from Friendswood, Texas to Chatham, Ont. Handling and acceleration is good. It's comfortable and no blind spots looking out the back. We have 2nd row buckets seats. You need to drive it. we average 415 miles per tank of gas. You need to drive it.
The Buick Rendezvous was in production from 2002-2007 and was discontinued after the 2007 model year. I bought this mid-size from Fitzgerald Chevrolet in Frederick, MD. It was a one owner car with 150k miles. So far, I have put over 1,500 miles on this Rendezvous mostly highway miles. I like the spacious cabin and outward view of the road. I have put two bikes in the cargo area with the back seats folded down. The 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engine runs well though slightly underpowered going up steep hills. Gas mileage is acceptable on the highway. This was a one owner vehicle which had 150k miles so I was a bit concerned about buying the car. However, one reviewer a reporter from Chicago wrote an article about his Rendevous that has over 300k miles doing just routine maintenance. Other reviewers have expressed concern over reliability of the Rendevous and these may have been from particularly earlier model years. Nonetheless, I am taking a chance expecting to keep my Rendevous as an interim car for travel and biking. Update: as others noted, the brake system in the Rendezvous is problematic when turning the wheels causing stuttering and anti lock braking problems. The windshield wipers locked up once which was unnerving The vehicle started leaking oil. As this vehicle was high mileage, we took a chance on it knowing we would drive it until problems surfaced. We did like that it had lots of space for our bikes and used it for one vacation trip. However, we sold it when the oil leaks and braking problems became expensive repairs.