$25,190 – $28,765 MSRP
$23,553 – $26,895 Invoice
19 / 26 MPG City/Hwy
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Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and Turn-by-Turn Navigation via a 1-year subscription to OnStar's Directions & Connections have been added to the standard features list for the 2007 Rendezvous. CX models have been bolstered with several new options: a trailer hitch, satellite radio, rear audio controls, and removable second-row captain's seats. Traction control-equipped models also feature a tire-pressure-monitoring system and Driver Information Center.
Originally introduced in 2002, the Rendezvous remains Buick's premium crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) for 2007. Buick's intent in designing the Rendezvous was to create a vehicle that combined the best elements of a minivan, a luxury car, and an SUV. This marks the Rendezvous' last year of production, however, it makes way for the 2008 Enclave, which will represent Buick's next-generation of luxury crossover vehicles. As part of the Rendezvous' phase out, it only offers CX and CXL trim levels this year; the Plus editions have been eliminated. To help compensate for the former up-level Plus models, base 2007 CX models now offer the added options listed above in "What's New"
Capable of carrying up to 7 passengers with the optional fold-flat third-row seat, the Rendezvous shares the same basic unibody platform as the Buick Terraza minivan. Available in front-wheel drive only (all-wheel drive has been dropped for 2007), the Rendezvous offers a traction control option on CX models (it's standard on the CXL). An automatic rear-level control system that employs the use of airbladders around the shock absorbers to improve ride and handling when towing or carrying loads is included in an optional trailering package. The onboard compressor can be used to inflate tires and other items. Equipped with the trailering package, the Rendezvous is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Sole power for the Rendezvous is a 196-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine; the beefier 242-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 offered last year is not available on 2007 models. The engine is mated to an electronically-controlled 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and torque converter clutch. And like all Buick models, the Rendezvous comes standard with QuietTuning sound-deadening enhancements for a quieter than average ride, and is covered by GM's new 5-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
The Buick Rendezvous competes in the Midsize Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, reliability, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Highlander (129,794 units sold), Nissan Murano (81,362), and Chrysler Pacifica (78,243). The Buick Rendezvous sold 45,954 units in 2006, a decrease of 24.2 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize CUV segment include the Ford Freestyle, Subaru B9 Tribeca, and Hyundai Santa Fe. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Ford Edge, GMC Acadia, Mazda CX-9, and Saturn Outlook.
|CX||4 speed automatic||$25,190||195-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/26|
|CXL||4 speed automatic||$28,765||195-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||19/26|
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