2007 Buick Rendezvous Interior
Reviewers like the plentiful features inside the 2007 Buick Rendezvous, contributing to praise for its spacious interior. There are two standard rows of seats, which can accommodate five passengers, and an optional third row that can hold two more. The interior is "truly spacious," says Kelley Blue Book, and the cargo area is "huge," according to Forbes.
Reviewers find the front and rear seats adequately comfortable, but have mixed opinions on the optional third-row bench. Some find it overly cramped, while others feel it's roomy compared to similar SUVs. As for interior quality, reviewers generally agree it's attractive if not luxurious. "The quality of the interior materials is better than most GM products, though there are still cheap plastics here and there," says Edmunds.
Reviewers mostly praise the comfort of the Rendezvous' seats. "The roomy cabin, with seating for up to seven, does make it a capable people mover, like a minivan," says Edmunds. The Family Car finds "the seats to be comfortable and offer good back support. Since they were power adjustable, we could play with the switches to find an ideal combination of back angle and seat height."
Front-row occupants should find the reclining bucket seats accommodating: "The front seats are up to the task of keeping the driver and front passenger comfortable during a long trek," says Forbes. Seating in the second row "is adult-sufficient but not generous", comments Automobile.com. But MSN feels that "second-row seats must be shoved fully back to allow decent legroom for tall folks."
Reviewers quibble about the optional third-row flip-and-fold rear bench seat, which can hold two additional passengers if installed. New Car Test Drive finds that this row "is somewhat cramped for adults, squeezed from the outside by the inner fenders, so it lacks leg room and hip room, and is best for kids." Kelley Blue Book, however, disagrees: "Unlike many SUVs, the Rendezvous' third-row seat can actually fit two adults."
Reviewers also find the Rendezvous surprisingly well supplied with standard features. Forbes says that "the Rendezvous is clearly packed with lots of features, many of which you can't even get on the ... Acura or Lexus."
The base model CX comes with single zone manually operated climate control, electronic cruise control, OnStar navigation with hands-free calling, Buick's exclusive QuietTuning noise-blocking technology, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt-wheel, power windows, and an AM/FM stereo with CD player. Most reviewers like the ease of use of the Rendezvous' controls and gauges: "All buttons and knobs inside the Rendezvous were within easy reach for me," writes the reviewer for MSN.
The more luxurious CXL trim adds rear audio system controls, a universal home remote, dual-zone manual and automatic climate controls with individual climate settings, a driver information center with compass and other data, programmable door locks, lockout protection and delayed locking, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, wood grain trim on the instrument panel and doors, and a 6-disc CD changer.
Stereo and Entertainment
Kelley Blue Book complains that "you can't order the [optional] power moonroof and DVD entertainment systems together." And Automobile.com notes that "the audio/navigation system in my tester ... could not play a music CD if the navigation disc was in the CD slot. Personally I think I'd rather be lost and listening to great tunes, than be found in silence. According to the operations manual, however, an audio disc can be played in the rear seat DVD system while the in-dash CD spins the navigation disc. This is an impractical solution."
New Car Test Drive likes the Rendezvous' OnStar navigation because "there's nothing to program. Press the blue button and a human operator responds over the car's speaker, to provide directions and other assistance. OnStar always knows the location of your vehicle, and that information can be used in many helpful ways."
Storage space in the 2007 Toyota Rendezvous garners enthusiastic praise -- as long as the third row seats aren't in place. "The Rendezvous works well as a cargo hauler," enthuses New Car Test Drive, "and the flexibility of the seating configurations is an exercise in automotive origami. The seats fold and tuck and fit into an amazing number of arrangements." With the third-row seats either folded or not installed, the Rendezvous has 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space, and with the second row folded it has a generous 108.9 cubic feet. "The latter figure makes for a huge cargo area," says Forbes, "unrivaled by most vehicles in this segment." With the third row in place, however, only 18.1 cubic feet are available, which Consumer Guide calls "barely enough room for grocery bags."
Kelley Blue Book is impressed that "[t]he large rear flip-up hatch makes it easy to load large items and a number of roof-rack options (including a hard cargo carrier) allow one to carry everything from bikes to kayaks." Small item storage is also abundant. "The glove box offers decent storage space," says MSN, "and the center console between the two front seats is amazingly deep. Thank goodness there's a light in there so you can find what items are at the bottom." New Car Test Drive notes that "[t]he cup holders are big, solid and easy to access."