2007 Buick Rainier


2007 Buick Rainier Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Buick Rainier was new.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of power from either engine, but especially with the optional V8
  • Comfortable leather-appointed seats complement a smooth, quiet ride
  • Good cargo and passenger room
  • Cabin materials are not up to the luxury standards that the price suggests
  • Performance handicapped by muddy handling
  • Some reviewers see exterior styling as uninspired

7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 7.3
Reliability:
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2007 Buick Rainier Overview

According to auto reviewers, the 2007 Buick Rainier is a powerful SUV that offers a quiet ride and plenty of room, but can't deliver the refinement or style to justify its relatively hefty price tag. "Although quiet and powerful, especially in V8 form, the 2007 Buick Rainier otherwise fails to look and act the part of a luxury SUV," decides Edmunds. Based purely on power and size, some reviewers agree with the Detroit News that the Rainier "has a commanding presence both in the driveway and on the road." But the Rainier's sticker price is high for its class. With this in mind, the Los Angeles Times writes, "Comfortably appointed, confidently powered and extremely conservative in style, the Rainier brings an understated eloquence to the ranks of the SUV market. Yet compared with the competition, it may be a little too conservative for its price."

"Buick positions Rainier as more luxurious than the Chevrolet, GMC, and Isuzu SUVs that share its basic design," reports Consumer Guide. "It is the quietest and best-riding of the bunch. Still, Rainier costs more than the others and can't escape the faults common to their truck-type design: indifferent handling and mediocre fuel economy." Because of its price tag, some reviewers assume the Rainier is, in fact, targeting luxury SUV shoppers. For instance, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says, "Rainier, being from a luxury marquee, is not for folks with economy in mind." IntelliChoice gives the Rainier a rating of "worse than average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared to other vehicles in its class. However, it's also a Best in Class Winner for SmartChoice Repair Costs. 

The 2007 Buick Rainier has one available trim: the CXL. It is available in rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) versions.

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