2005 Buick Terraza CXL Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Buick Terraza - Road Test Specs

2005 Buick Terraza Minivan

(3.5L V6 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2005
Base MSRP$33,855
As-tested MSRP$36,015


Drive typeAWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200@5200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)220@4400
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent self-leveling
Suspension, rearIndependent self-leveling
Steering typePower assist
Tire brandN/A
Tire modelN/A
Tire size, front225/60R17
Tire size, rear225/60R17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)7.18
0-60 mph (sec.)12.22
0-75 mph (sec.)17.94
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)18.78@76.77
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)37.35
60-0 mph (ft.)141.69
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)53.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)41.0
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)73
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUnder full throttle acceleration the Terazza upshifts at 5,800rpm, and there's no redline indicated on the tachometer. The engine gets pretty raspy above 5,500rpm, so the second to third upshift seems late. Upshifts are also a bit sloppy. It barely gets into third gear at the end of the quarter mile, probably due to the wide gear spacing.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsUnder heavy braking conditions the car's wheels lockup too much. It feels like the ABS needs to pulse quicker to avoid the problem. Otherwise, braking is well controlled in terms of noise, dive and pedal feel. Distances were too long for a modern minivan however, which is why the Terazza only received an "average" rating.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsThe steering and suspension work well for this class of vehicle. Both could be better, but neither is worse than the class average. The real limiting factor is the drivetrain, since the engine lacks the torque necessary to pull out of the final cones with gusto.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not tested
Temperature (°F)Not tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 City 23Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.00
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)25

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4470
Length (in.)205.0
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)72.0
Wheelbase (in.)121.1
Legroom, front (in.)39.9
Legroom, rear (in.)38.9
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)38.9
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)26.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)137.0


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 maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsN/A
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionN/A
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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