2004 Buick Rainier Auto Review

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Buick Rainier

2004 Buick Rainier

Buick, intrinsically SUV

James M. on 09.01.2003

Celebrating its centennial Buick adds a second vehicle to its lineup. Unlike the Rendezvous, which ranks as a model, the new Rainier is an unabashed SUV. Featuring full-frame the latest Buick is based GM’s midsize SUV architecture, used for the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC and Oldsmobile Bravada.

In fact, is essentially easing into the spot currently occupied by the which will fade next year.

Buick promises a silky and performance. more akin to a touring car than a truck. of steel coil springs, the uses an electronically controlled air suspension, intended to yield a ride that melds Buick’s long-lived image of comfort.

Rainiers may have drive or on-demand all-wheel Incorporating a locking rear the AWD system is fully automatic and no attention from the driver. mainly intended for driving on pavement, an all-wheel drive is said to offer off-road which means an unpaved road rather than wilderness.

Rear-drive models include assist, to ease operation on surfaces.

A glance at the front end the Buick heritage is evident, on an oval grille with a row of vertical bars, surrounding a badge. Sculpted wheel and noticeable shoulders aim to highlight the look, without losing in the process. Fog lamps are standard.

A interior is available in pewter or with chrome accents and burled walnut woodgrain Trimmed with perforated the seats are well cushioned, but bolstering is nearly absent. seats have a memory and can be equipped with heat.

reflect those used in GM midsize SUVs. The standard 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder delivers 275 pound-feet of torque. An all-aluminum 290-hp, 5.3-liter which is exclusive to the Rainier in short-wheelbase midsize group, 325 pound-feet. Both engines a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission.

Towing capacity ranges 5,600 to 6,700 pounds, on drivetrain. Acceleration with the V-8 is truly energetic and the automatic responds rapidly, without at any speed. The Rainier moves out from a standstill, too.

claims best-in-class body to help isolate occupants road vibrations and noise. steering is installed, along vented, anti-locking all-disc Side-impact airbags for front are optional.

All seating positions have safety belts.

Buick Rainier

Built on a wheelbase, the Rainier measures inches long overall and 71.9 inches tall. ground clearance is 7.7 inches, and height is 18.2 inches. tires ride 17-inch wheels.

Cargo space is cubic feet with the seats folded down or cubic feet with all up.

With its rear air suspension, the delivers a ride that’s a bit refined than some GM midsize models, though not so. The Rainier copes very with lumpy pavement, most of the roughness. Even so, you can to feel nearly all of the imperfections, at a little.

Impressively stable on both roads and fast-moving expressways, a handles confidently, though not above the SUV norm. A Rainier is on the road than its GM cousins, to Buick’s QuietTuning construction includes acoustic laminate in the and front door glass, as as additional sealing at the C- and D-pillars, and sound absorption materials

Visibility is fine all around, for a slight constriction over the left shoulder. Instruments green needles on a silver are unusual in appearance and not the easiest to at a glance. Style, it seems, has precedence over substance on the

Rainiers go on sale in September competing against the Jeep Cherokee Limited, Lincoln and Mercury Mountaineer. GM’s communications system is standard. A system, DVD-based video system and XM Satellite Radio are to be available. Factory-offered accessories chrome-plated assist steps, a management system with dividers, and a pet divider. (www.buick.com)

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