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2007 Buick Rainier Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Buick Rainier was new.

The interior of the Rainier, reviewers say, is comfortable and accommodating, but not quite up to the luxury standards one might expect from an SUV with the Rainier's price tag. AutoWeek says, "Inside, the Rainier leans more toward what you would expect from a front-rank truck than from a luxury SUV."

Edmunds calls the five-passenger cabin "heavily derivative of GM's lower-line SUVs" and says it fails "to provide the authentic luxury ambience required in an upscale vehicle." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette agrees, writing, "The interior simply is not up to what one would expect of a Buick or a similarly upscale product, and is only marginally better than the high-line interiors you can get on the TrailBlazer."

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The cabin does have plenty of space. Forbes claims, "Five adults can ride in ample comfort, though the rear-center occupant might get antsy on longer jaunts due to diminished leg and headroom." The Auto Channel contends, "There is plenty of room for five real people inside, or large cargo with the rear seat folded." But, argues Kelley Blue Book, "even with the second-row seat up, there is plenty of usable cargo space."

Seating

The Rainier seats five, with two up front and three in the rear split bench seat. Some reviewers lament that there's no optional third row. Others think a third row would be too small to be useful and needlessly take up space. The Washington Post is in the latter camp, saying the Rainier provides "sumptuous seating for five people -- no more. It's an SUV, not a school bus." Up front, says the New York Times, "The leather-trimmed seats are comfortable, with plenty of adjustments, and the seat heaters are powerful." The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, "The front seats are large and full-figured with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar." "The seats are well-cushioned," admits AutoMedia.com, "but side bolstering is nearly absent."

"The rear seat is noteworthy for legroom," claims The Auto Channel. Consumer Guide agrees, saying that there's "good head and knee room, plus adequate under-seat foot space," and calling the "split bench seat comfortable, fairly supportive," and "wide enough for three friendly adults." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, "Folks in back said they had plenty of head and legroom, which you'd expect here" -- and joins the reviewers who don't mind a missing third-row seat, noting, "Those rarely provide comfortable seating."

Interior Features

Reviewers are somewhat divided regarding the Rainier's dash. U.S. News' reviewer Rick Newman finds, "There's a lot happening on the dashboard, yet controls are laid out cleanly and are easy to find." The Detroit Free Press says, "The instrument panel is easily one of the most attractive in any SUV." The Los Angeles Times splits the difference, deciding, "The instrument panel is not particularly memorable but is easy to understand and operate."

As for entertainment features, the Kansas City Star finds that the "audio system's sound quality was good." An available navigation system, says Consumer Guide, "is fairly easy to use overall." Kelley Blue Book explains, "The new GPS navigation unit incorporates navigation, audio and satellite radio into one, easy-to-use unit." A rear-seat DVD entertainment center is also available. The Chicago Tribune calls this "almost essential if you travel with kids and want to avoid the constant 'are we there yet' harangue."

Cargo

The Rainier offers good cargo room for its class. Consumer Guide says cargo space is "OK with rear seatback in place, generous with it folded." Behind the rear seat, cargo capacity is 43.7 cubic feet. With the seats down, that capacity increases to 80.1 cubic feet. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman likes how "when you fold down the rear seats for storage, the headrests flip back so that you don't have to remove them." Accessing all that storage space can take a little muscle, however. Auto Mall USA writes, "The rear liftgate features a separate glass hatch to offer quick access to the cargo area," but "lifting the rear hatch requires some initial effort."

The Detroit Free Press points out the rear cargo area's "handy little under-floor compartment suitable for concealing phonebook-size objects and keeping grocery bags standing. The compartment is nicely carpeted, but its cover fit poorly, with a couple of tabs rather than hinges securing its back edge." The Kansas City Star reports, "For folks who want to keep Fido away from the kids, Buick offers a pet divider net that hooks behind the rear seat."

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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