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2006 Buick Rainier SUV - Overview

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$30,580 – $32,580 MSRP

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Overview

What's New
The 2006 Buick Rainier comes with StabiliTrak, GM's electronic stability control system, as standard equipment. coupeed with integrated traction control, the system employs numerous sensors to automatically trigger electronic safety systems that control the vehicle if it experiences sudden maneuvers or poor traction. The 2006 Rainier also sports a new grille and chrome accents to enhance its aesthetic appeal.

Overview
The five-passenger Rainier represents Buick's first full-frame, truck-like SUV (the front-/all-wheel-drive Buick Rendezvous is a crossover). Unlike many of its competitors, Rainier offers a choice of engines. The standard powerplant is GM's Vortec 4200, 4.2L inline six-cylinder, which produces 291 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. For those who want more power, there is the optional Vortec 5300, 5.3L V-8, which delivers 300 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are coupeed to an electronically-controlled, four-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 employs GM's innovative Displacement on Demand fuel-saving technology on either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive models. This system deactivates four of the eight cylinders when not needed, such as when idling or cruising at freeway speeds. Towing capacity ranges from 5,600 to 6,700 pounds depending on engine, gearing, and drivetrain selections. A special towing feature is a self-leveling rear air suspension system that automatically adjusts, depending on the trailer's tongue weight.

Buick claims that the Rainier is quieter than many SUVs, thanks largely to QuietTuning, a noise abatement design featuring increased sound absorption materials in the engine compartment, all four doors, and in the quarter panels. It also includes additional sealing in the vehicle C- and D-pillars, and an acoustic laminate in the windshield and front door glass, resulting in a very quiet ride.

Standard equipment on the Rainier includes four-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS, 17-inch alloy wheels, and an interior sporting leather upholstery and wood trim, power seats, memory for the seats and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a CD player, and OnStar telematics. And now, for 2006, you can add StabiliTrak to that list.

The Competition
The Buick Rainier falls into the Midsize Utility segment where it competes with 19 other models. This segment is growing in popularity, compared to its full-size counterparts, due largely to continued increases in fuel prices.

With overall sales of 1,330,391 units during calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Midsize Utility segment is home to several big-volume players. The sales leader in the segment is the Jeep Grand Cherokee (213,584 units delivered in calendar year 2005), followed closely by the Ford Explorer (203,483). The Chevrolet TrailBlazer (regular length model only), with 163,581 units sold in 2005, rounds out the top three in sales. The Rainier tallied 15,271 sales in calendar year 2005. Other entries in the segment with sales greater than 75,000 units are the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Toyota 4Runner, Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, and Nissan Pathfinder.

Top Rated Midsize Multi Activity Vehicles

  • 2006 Toyota Highlander SUV

    $24,530–$31,860 Base MSRP

    $21,831–$28,354 Invoice

    18/24 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 3.0

    Overall Dependability 5.0

  • 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV

    $33,030–$39,290 Base MSRP

    $29,561–$35,198 Invoice

    31/27 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 3.0

    Overall Dependability 5.0

  • 2006 Buick Rainier SUV

    $30,580–$32,580 Base MSRP

    $28,592–$30,462 Invoice

    15/20 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 4.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

  • 2006 Toyota 4Runner SUV

    $27,635–$38,385 Base MSRP

    $24,677–$34,275 Invoice

    16/19 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 4.0

    Overall Performance and Design 4.0

    Overall Dependability 5.0

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