2007 Buick Rendezvous Performance
Reviewers find the 2007 Buick Rendezvous' engine just adequate, but enjoy its car-like handling. "Rendezvous is such a car-like, smooth-riding vehicle that it's easy to close your eyes and imagine you're in a big, old Buick Roadmaster sedan," says MSN.
A common complaint is that the Rendezvous has limited off-road abilities, especially compared to similar SUVs. Buick has eliminated the all-wheel drive option for 2007, giving reviewers serious doubt about the Rendezvous' performance in snow and slick roads.
Acceleration and Power
Although in earlier years several engines were available for the Buick Rendezvous, in its last model year only one is left -- a 3.5-liter 195-horsepower V6 in both the CX and CXL trims. Reviewers find its performance adequate. "This new engine sees improvements in low-end torque and fuel economy over the old 3.4-liter V6," says Kelley Blue Book. Consumer Guide finds the engine "[a]dequate, though [it] pales in comparison to best of intended competitors."
The transmission is a four-speed electronically-controlled automatic with overdrive that generally pleases reviewers. "Automatic-transmission responses are quick and easy in the Rendezvous," says Cars.com. Fuel economy, rated by the EPA at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway, is generally good for an SUV: "Strongly in its favor ... is the Rendezvous' relative frugality with fuel," says Edmunds.
Handling and Braking
Reviewers find the Rendezvous' ride soft and comfortable, but find that it leans a bit too much on turns. The Rendezvous has front and rear independent suspensions that Kelley Blue Book finds "a bit soft, especially when pressed hard into a curve -- although few of its owners are likely to do that." According to Edmunds, "Highway cruising yields a comfortable ride quality without the typical 'float' associated with some Buick sedans. Push the Rendezvous a little bit harder, however, and the physics of its tall, narrow body take over, resulting in considerably more body roll in corners. Placed in a similar situation, newer competitors feel more athletic and stable."
The power rack-and-pinion steering is generally praised. "The Rendezvous' steering feel is firm," says Kelley Blue Book. The accompanying suspension, however, may be a bit too firm: "[I]ts suspension hits some bumps rather hard," writes the reviewer for Cars.com, who then adds, "[H]andling is reasonably precise with good steering feel and feedback, very much like what drivers might expect from a minivan."
The 2007 Rendezvous comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The reviewer for Automobile.com found "the brakes to be very predictable and linear in their application. They require low levels of effort to actuate and were fade-free following several emergency stops." Kelley Blue Book says that "brake feel is excellent", and MSN feels simply that "[t]he Rendezvous stopped capably."
The Rendezvous has only limited off-road capabilities, and is intended more for bad weather and dirt roads than serious punishment. "The Rendezvous looks as if it can go off-road," says the Edmunds, "with the AWD (all-wheel drive) option dropped this year, this Buick wouldn't be our first pick for those needing a winter-friendly crossover vehicle.", "as long as 'off-road' means the gravel parking lot of a country club, or the grassy expanse behind the fence of a steeplechase race." According to