2005 Buick Terraza

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$28,110

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Familiar Buick look
  • Passenger space
  • Cargo capacity
  • Sliding side doors

The bad:

  • Pending further review

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2005 Buick Terraza trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • SUV-like styling cues
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control
  • Available Versatrak AWD

2005 Buick Terraza review: Our expert's take

By Kristin Varela


According to Buick, “the all-new Terraza crossover sport van brings a rich blend of style, comfort and elegance to the premium mid-van segment.” Style, comfort and elegance: Perfect! I’m missing all three of those.

My life is better described as dirty (nobody told me that having children forfeits my right to a daily shower), exhausted (I don’t remember the last time I read more than a paragraph at night before falling asleep), and sticky (how do my children manage to cover nearly every household surface in yogurt?).

Style? Elegance? Did the people at Buick actually see this car before writing that? My experience in the 2005 Buick Terraza CXL is quite different. My first impression is that the exterior of the vehicle looks like a really old Dodge Caravan. The metal trim piece on the side is very dated looking. I’m still trying to figure out who came up with the term “crossover sport van.” There’s nothing sporty about it.

Climbing into to car has me wondering: Is this car actually new? Nothing about it seems modern. The interior is dominated by icky brown plastic, with the exception of the leather seats. The butter soft leather trimmed with contrasted piping is oddly out of place.

Buick has a reputation of being popular amongst the more mature segment of our population, something that Buick is attempting to change with the addition of the ever popular (and young) Tiger Woods as a spokesperson. I’m curious, what does Tiger’s fiancee; drive? I’d be willing to bet that it’s not a Terraza.

It’s no secret that I don’t like how this “sport van” looks. But how does it function?

The automatic sliding doors win my kids over immediately. They also like the folding tray table with cupholders between the second row captains chairs – a feature also seen between the front two seats. Folding the trays down makes it easy to move about in the vehicle.

Opening the cargo door to load my stroller and other necessary mom and kid equipment leaves me in pain. The cargo door latch pinches my fingers each and every time I use it.

I do love the level cargo floor (as opposed to the sunken ones found in most minivans). It makes a great platform for changing diapers when the need arises. The level floor lifts up in two sections to reveal a clever series of underfloor storage bins (perfect for storing an emergency diaper changing kit).

When additional cargo space is necessary, the seats fold flat simply (although the head restraints must first be removed).

Driving the 2005 Buick Terraza CXL gives me a whole slough of other complaints. The driver’s seatbelt is attached too high up on the door jam, causing some rubbing on my neck, despite adjusting it to its lowest position and raising the seat up; the lack of power is frustrating (even to me – and I normally couldn’t care less about power) and the noisy cabin is, well, noisy, making it hard to hold a conversation with my children in the back.

Modern moms demand form and function in their cars today. The 2005 Buick Terraza has some function but no form. I’m sorry to say it, but despite its nifty “crossover sports van” title, it just can’t compete with other more innovative and style conscious minivans on the market today.

*For more information on the Buick Terraza and its safety features visit Cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS LATCH Connectors: 2 Seating Capacity (includes driver): 7

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

SENSE AND STYLE Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): None

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 3.7
  • Value for the money 3.4
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 3.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Reliable, quiet and roomy, great for DVD watching.

This vehicle is like riding in business class on a plane front and and reat seats. The extra row allowed my whole family to take trips or store large items when removing it. So quiet you can fall asleep.

5.0

My favorite vehicle I own so far. Have it 5 yrs ❣️

It's my favorite, comfort, reliable, great on gas. It has exceeded all, my expectatio ns. Already have 139,000 miles And still love it like it was the first day.

3.1

Get something else.

When my 2002 VW Jetta wagon died, I needed something at least that big, as I'm a musician and carry instruments (including upright bass) and equipment regularly. I don't commute as much as I used to, so gas mileage was no longer a top priority and I expanded my search to minivans. This used Buick Terraza looked like a good option: comfy, price wasn't bad, only 1 owner, and it looked well-maintained. It had 125k miles on it. I didn't care that the arms for the liftgate were shot, or that the stereo was messed up (knobs would respond randomly to how you turn them) since I knew those were things I could replace myself. Rear wiper broken, too. First month, needed a new water pump. Soon discovered that passenger-side heat didn't work. Fuel gauge started acting up, then the problem went away. The traction & stability control and ABS would have an error and shut off, but then that went away. In the next couple of months, power steering fluid started leaking or burning off. Engine started running a little rough and irregular--needed new spark plugs and wires, and a coil. Rear suspension in need of work, too. Started to notice an issue with it being tough to start. After a few months, the power steering leak went away. Over the next couple of months, starting became even harder and more unpredictable; throttle body was clogged with a bunch of gunk (never encountered this issue in another vehicle). One of the battery connectors was also falling apart. (Also, just to note, the battery is under an engine support, so it'll be a total pain to replace if I still own it when the time comes.) Mechanics also informed me that the loose steering isn't a matter of perception after driving a VW for several years, something needs to be tightened up. Traction/stability/ABS issue came back. Fuel gauge issues came back. Traction & stability were traced to a failing ABS module, the unit itself about $500. When the temperature dropped, the issues have mostly gone away, and the fuel gauge also started behaving again. Then the power steering leak came back. Handle for one of the sliding doors snapped off. Most recently, I've had the linkage cable for the transmission snap. A strange noise that has always come from the back was suggested to me by a tow truck driver to be the fuel pump. This has all been within the span of 1 year, and less than 20k miles of driving. Some of the issues will come up when the miles start to build up, I know, but some of these things should last much longer. I'm regular with changing oil and filters. I've spent well over $500 on repairs in one year, and that's with having a cheap mechanic and holding off on the ABS and the suspension. I'm ready to ditch this for something else, and based on previous experiences, I'm done with GM.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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