• (4.5) 30 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,198–$8,614
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-22
  • Engine: 195-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5-7
2006 Buick Rendezvous

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Buick Rendezvous

What We Don't Like

  • Ride quality on rough pavement
  • Controversial appearance
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • Five- to seven-passenger seating
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard rear park assist
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio
  • Optional DVD entertainment

2006 Buick Rendezvous Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Buick introduced the Rendezvous crossover vehicle — which blends sedan, sport utility vehicle and minivan characteristics — for 2002. For 2006, the Rendezvous' available trims have been revised slightly and a new engine is available. Both front- and all-wheel-drive models continue to be offered. CXL Plus editions feature a 242-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing; this engine is optional in the CXL. The new base engine is a 3.5-liter V-6.

A touchscreen navigation system is optional, and 17-inch wheels are standard. Several features become standard for 2006, including rear park assist and General Motors' OnStar communication system.


Exterior
Described by Buick as having a "refined ruggedness," the Rendezvous has an overall shape like that of an SUV. Sharp lines take precedence over curves, and Buick gave it a rear slope in contrast to the typically boxy SUV shape. It shares styling elements with other Buicks, and gets a new grille for 2006.

Chrome wheels are available on models with the 3.6-liter V-6. Each Rendezvous rides a 112.2-inch wheelbase, measures 186.5 inches long overall and stands 68.9 inches tall. A fully independent suspension is installed.


Interior
In standard form, the Rendezvous seats five occupants, but its reconfigurable interior can be equipped with third-row seats that hold two additional people. The second row can have either a three-place split bench seat or two captain's chairs. The second-row seats flip and fold for access to the rear. Cargo volume totals 108.9 cubic feet when the seats are folded, and a 4-by-8-foot panel can be loaded through the back door. Low doorsills ease entry and exit.

The standard Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist system can warn the driver of obstacles to the rear. XM Satellite Radio and DVD entertainment are optional.


Under the Hood
The 3.5-liter V-6 develops 201 hp in front-wheel-drive Rendezvous models and 196 hp in all-wheel-drive editions. A 242-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is available. Both engines employ a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are available.

Driving Impressions
Automatic-transmission responses are quick and easy in the Rendezvous. Acceleration is good, if not exactly inspiring. The Rendezvous runs very quietly and offers plenty of versatile space. The gauges are notable in appearance, but they're not the easiest to read at a glance.

The Rendezvous delivers a generally soft ride, but its suspension hits some bumps rather hard. Handling is reasonably precise with good steering feel and feedback, very much like what drivers might expect from a minivan.


Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 30 reviews

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Just what I was looking for and wanted

by Elizabeth aka Jesus fan from Sodus ny on December 7, 2017

This car meet all of my needs!!! I have grandkids and was looking for a third row seater!!! Love this car!!!

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