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2006 Buick Rendezvous

$1,971 — $7,923 USED
Sport Utility
5-7 Seats
20-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Steering feel
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Minivanlike handling
  • Quietness
  • Spacious, versatile interior

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Buick Rendezvous
  • Five- to seven-passenger seating
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard rear park assist
  • Optional XM Satellite Radio
  • Optional DVD entertainment

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 ...
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

What drivers are saying

4.4
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

seemed pretty nice overall

by craig from akron on September 26, 2018

there was a good amount of cleanliness and it seemed to drive very well, i look forward to my new daily driver, i would recommend Read full review

(2.0)

Having computer problems

by Christy C from Kentucky on August 15, 2018

I like this vehicle at first. Then the mpg light started saying 19 mpg, then 2 mpg, etc. Then the fuel gauge stopped being accurate, then the car just bogged down to under 15 mph. Then it would drive ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Buick Rendezvous currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rendezvous received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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