2004 Buick Rainier Expert Reviews at carmax.com

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Buick Rainier

2004 Buick Rainier

reviews are written by independent journalists providing an objective and assessment to help you make a buying decision. 2004 Rainier.

Reviewed By: Larry

© 2004 NewCarTestDrive.com

Remember the old jingle: Wouldn#39;t you really drive a Buick? Many would. But until the introduction of the Rainier, GM#39;s near-luxury had nothing to offer buyers who a mid-size sport-utility vehicle.

The Rainier seats five and an engine powerful enough to a boat or horse trailer.

The shares its underpinnings with other mid-size GM SUVs, but it offers a V8 engine in the standard-length configuration. The others offer the V8, but only in their extended that come with rows of seats, namely the GMC XL and Chevy TrailBlazer EXT.

But V8 engine is just one of several that come with the It#39;s among the quietest we#39;ve driven. And it rides smoothly than the other GM

With a price range the mid-30s to the low 40s, the Rainier is an prospect for those who appreciate silent types. This is an SUV can more than pull its and a loaded horse trailer to

Model Lineup

CXL ($35,945); CXL ($36,995)

Walk Around

Rainier takes its name the snow-covered mountain southwest of and from the royal family of One of the vehicle#39;s chief designers Mount Rainier reflects with ruggedness and independence the late Grace Kelly and her family symbolize quality, and elegance.

Rainier is based on the platform, a mid-size, truck-based SUV marketed as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC the outgoing Oldsmobile Bravada, and the Ascender, a badge-engineered GM model. a solid platform featuring a that uses hydroformed for incredible strength and rigidity. gives the Rainier a tow rating of up to pounds.

Rainier features styling cues, including a grille, hood, front panels and rear hatch Its large, oval-shaped grille soften the boxy SUV architecture. The section of the chrome grilles a bold background for the Buick with a large Buick badge set in the midst of the grille#39;s bars.

The Rainier#39;s face includes wide, three-element with separate fog lights and marker lights in the lower fascia.

The creased hood an elegant strength to the Rainier#39;s Its stance is enhanced by Buick-exclusive, cast-aluminum wheels that special Michelin tires to provide a quiet ride. as the front grille alerts you to the that this SUV is a Buick, the view includes a prominent eyebrow bearing the Buick as part of the license plate

The rear liftgate features a glass hatch to offer access to the cargo area. the rear hatch requires initial effort.


gets some unique features, but we wish Buick had it a step farther. The instrument features platinum-colored gauges turquoise-colored pointer needles almost appear to light up the metallic background. Not only are very attractive, but we found easy to read, even polarized sunglasses, which is not the case with the electroluminescent clusters on many other luxury vehicles.

Neither the design nor the materials look or luxurious, however. Faux trim attempts to add a luxurious to the interior, but wood-grain plastic elegance. Chrome interior handles add some flash.

A marketing official promises will be real wood and other interior upgrades by the the 2005 Rainier rolls dealerships.

The leather seats perforated leather in the center and lower cushion areas, but it looks more like than leather. Also, the could use more side However, we do like the feature incorporates the shoulder belt the seat back rather having it mounted way up on the vehicle#39;s B

We also liked the large dot on the windshield that helps the glare of direct sunlight the rear view mirror and the sun visors. We were disappointed, that the Rainier had only sun visors on either side of dual visors so you can block the sun ahead and along the top of the front windows.

While the GMC Envoy has attractive and metallic colored and cooling ducts, those in the up Rainier are plainer in their Nor were the cupholders the jumbo-sized found in competitive vehicles. On the hand, there are two power up front, so both driver and can recharge cell phones.

The seats, the second row, decent legroom but not quite to proportions.

There#39;s plenty of room behind the back An optional cargo organizer is and appears an excellent way to keep stuff from sliding

Buick Rainier

The optional navigation system an amazingly clear screen seems almost immune to glare, which often them invisible. The screen smaller than in competitive however, and the system#39;s control were very small, symbols we had to decipher instead of word labels.

The main control button, the one you use inputting a destination, seemed sensitive, to the point that we depressed it while simply to add a letter to a location, forcing us to go and start the sequence all over Also, with the nav system, you a choice of using the system or an audio CD (a situation Buick will be remedied on the 2005

Whether you share our opinion of the interior features, there#39;s no about how quiet it is in there. very likely is the quietest SUV we#39;ve ever driven. In it may be among the quietest vehicles of any that we#39;ve ever

Buick says the Rainier with perks, or PRQS, stands for power, ride, and style. In the Rainier, the emphasis on includes double-pane and laminated for the windshield and front doors as as the liberal use of an acoustical foam material in all the usual internal cavities, such as those in and pillars. The Michelin tires designed to provide an especially ride.

Buick used the LX 470 as the benchmark for the Rainier, but we think the will be the new industry benchmark it comes to a quiet cabin.

Driving Impressions

The standard 4200 six-cylinder that standard on the Rainier is a wonderful It#39;s an inline-6, a design inherent balance and an impressively power band. This engine delivers plenty of as we#39;ve seen in the GMC Envoy and TrailBlazer.

The optional V8, however, much better acceleration The Vortec 5300 V8 delivers 290 and 325 pounds-feet of torque, that that you need to pull a trailer. We found the V8 to be extremely in the Rainier.

Buick worked to ensure a smooth ride The Rainier is equipped with a arm independent front suspension, shocks, and an electronically controlled air suspension with automatic technology. Basically, this is the suspension for the GMC and Chevy models. with the quiet Michelin and extra sound dampening the Rainier provides a smooth, and quiet ride. But it isn#39;t a ride.

We found that the was sure-footed even when hustled along narrow, hill country byways.

The steering was nicely weighted. The big brakes responded immediately to to the pedal and slowed the Rainier in a composed and orderly fashion.

For many generations, buying a has been a way of saying you#39;ve at a certain station in life, an socio-economic plateau. The old Chevy you well, and while you might aspire someday to own a Cadillac, at least reached the place you can enjoy some of the finer things such as the quiet of a Buick.

For one generation, the Buick was the a car with an image that lived up to its name. For another it was the Riviera, a boat-tailed coupe was part car, part Even Regal and Reatta were letting their and co-workers know that had stepped up and out of the ordinary.

When it was in 2002, the Rendezvous brought a new to Buick dealerships. Two-thirds of buyers are new to the Buick badge, and of Rendezvous buyers are making first purchase of any General brand. Rendezvous buyers are much younger than the Buick customer.

And now comes a truck-based Buick SUV for those who active lifestyles, perhaps a or horse trailer to tow, but who the perks that only from Buick.

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