2007 Buick Rainier – Kelley Blue Book

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Buick Rainier

2007 Buick Rainier

Those who dismiss the Rainier as little more than a GMC Envoy in Buick clothing need to look a little closer. While it’s true the Rainier uses the same engines, transmission and chassis as the Envoy (and its cousin, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer), Buick has given its midsize SUV a number of features befitting the nameplate’s upscale image.

A premium interior includes standard perforated leather seating, dark walnut dash appliques and power seats, while underneath the Rainier resides a standard load-leveling rear air suspension. Compared to traditional steel springs, the air suspension not only makes the Rainier’s ride smoother, but keeps it sitting level, even when loaded down with crew and cargo. When equipped with the six-cylinder engine, the five-passenger Rainier provides good power and reasonable fuel economy.

If you don’t like the high step-up of a truck-based sport utility vehicle, and prefer a more car-like ride and interior, you may be better off with an Acura MDX or Chrysler Pacifica.

OnStar’s Directions and Connections package makes the standard equipment roster, as does a tire pressure monitoring system and two new exterior colors: Midnight Blue and Graphite Metallic.

Driving Impressions On the road, the Rainier performs admirably. The standard rear air suspension gives it a smoother ride than its steel-sprung counterparts at GMC and Chevrolet, and the standard 17-inch Michelin.

tires and Bilstein front shock absorbers provide impressive handling characteristics. Buick has worked hard to find the right balance between ride and handling and, from what we’ve experienced, has done a pretty good job. You’ll find the steering and brake feel on the Rainier to be as good as any car in the Buick lineup and #151; so long as you don’t charge through curving off-ramps at double the posted speed limit #151; you’ll find body roll and lean to be minimal.

The interior is very quiet at highway speeds, with only a little tire noise making its way into the cabin.

Under the Hood

Buick Rainier

Unless you plan on towing something really big, you’ll find the Rainier’s in-line six more than adequate. Though the Rainier’s standard 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine has more than enough power to satisfy even the most demanding drivers, the optional torque-happy 5.3-liter V8 permits you to tow up to 6,700 pounds, compared to a maximum of 6,300 pounds for the six. The Rainier’s V8 is equipped with GM’s Active Fuel Management technology, a system designed to improve fuel economy by cutting fuel to four of the eight cylinders when their power is not needed#151; and it’s completely unnoticeable, as well.

4.2-liter in-line 6

291 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

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