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2005 Buick Terraza

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$1,385 — $6,309 USED
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Passenger Van
5-7 Seats
20-21 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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The Good

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

The Bad

  • Pending further review

What to Know

about the 2005 Buick Terraza
  • SUV-like styling cues
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control
  • Available Versatrak AWD

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2005 Buick Terraza Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Buick is joining the van market for 2005. Rather than calling its new Terraza a minivan, however, Buick is calling it a “crossover sport van.” Marketers also use the term “premium midsize passenger van,” noting that the Terraza presents “the tough, rugged appearance of an SUV.”

The Terraza features sliding side doors and a low step-in height, like a minivan, but that body style has suffered from image problems in recent years. General Motors wants to attract customers who like the sensible merits of a minivan but are looking for a vehicle with styling cues that suggest a sport utility vehicle.

Two versions are available: the base CX and the uplevel CXL. Both use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Versatrak all-wheel drive is optional. The Terraza goes on sale in the fall of 2004.

Exterior
SUV-like styling features of the Terraza include its closer-to-vertical squared-off front fascia and its tall hood. Prominent C-pillars and wide tires on 17-inch wheels are also supposed to bring SUVs to mind. Gently sculpted forms, on the other hand, are strictly Buick in nature. The Terraza’s familiar grille is a variant on the traditional Buick design. Vertical bars and a chrome surround are meant to reflect Buick’s Centieme concept vehicle.

The Terraza’s exterior is highlighted by bright chrome accents on the door handles, among other places. “Buick” is embossed into the bright-finished rear license plate brow. Two optional wheel types are availabl...

Vehicle Overview
Buick is joining the van market for 2005. Rather than calling its new Terraza a minivan, however, Buick is calling it a “crossover sport van.” Marketers also use the term “premium midsize passenger van,” noting that the Terraza presents “the tough, rugged appearance of an SUV.”

The Terraza features sliding side doors and a low step-in height, like a minivan, but that body style has suffered from image problems in recent years. General Motors wants to attract customers who like the sensible merits of a minivan but are looking for a vehicle with styling cues that suggest a sport utility vehicle.

Two versions are available: the base CX and the uplevel CXL. Both use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Versatrak all-wheel drive is optional. The Terraza goes on sale in the fall of 2004.

Exterior
SUV-like styling features of the Terraza include its closer-to-vertical squared-off front fascia and its tall hood. Prominent C-pillars and wide tires on 17-inch wheels are also supposed to bring SUVs to mind. Gently sculpted forms, on the other hand, are strictly Buick in nature. The Terraza’s familiar grille is a variant on the traditional Buick design. Vertical bars and a chrome surround are meant to reflect Buick’s Centieme concept vehicle.

The Terraza’s exterior is highlighted by bright chrome accents on the door handles, among other places. “Buick” is embossed into the bright-finished rear license plate brow. Two optional wheel types are available: one finished in bright aluminum with cylindrical spokes and another with a bright chrome finish. A roof rack with tubular, satin-finished side rails is optional. Terrazas are equipped with a Ride and Handling package that promises a “premium ride,” according to Buick press material.

Built on a 121.1-inch wheelbase, the Terraza is 204.7 inches long overall and 69.4 inches tall.

Interior
Seven occupants fit inside the Terraza. The seats have contrasting-colored piping. The CX’s seats have cloth inserts with leather bolsters in the first two rows, and the CXL gets leather seats. The third row features a 50/50-split, flat-folding bench seat. Both the second- and third-row seats may be folded and removed.

The three-spoke steering wheel has leather and burled wood accents. Matching woodgrain is used on the center console and instrument panel. A wood-trimmed gearshift knob is used in the CXL.

An overhead console and rail system are standard, and a DVD-based rear entertainment system is optional. Cargo volume is 74.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded and 26.9 cubic feet with all the seats up.

Under the Hood
An overhead-valve 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces an estimated 200 horsepower and 220 pounds-feet of torque, and it works with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Versatrak all-wheel drive is optional for Terrazas that don’t have GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system. When properly equipped, the Terraza can tow a 3,500-pound trailer.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard on the CXL and all-wheel-drive models and optional on the CX. StabiliTrak is optional.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.4
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.6)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(3.3)
Value For The Money
(3.4)

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(5.0)

Great car for family daily driver

by Life is good from Oklahoma on March 25, 2019

Very nice minivan. More on the high end when it comes to comfort and amenities. Our van is a daily driver for work and the family. Very dependable, love it! Read full review

(5.0)

A used vehicle that looks and drives like new

by mowingmama from Knox, IN on February 16, 2018

This Vehicle had everything I was looking for, Not just your basic mini van, great color, low miles, smooth ride, loaded with many options, leather seats, heated seats, DVD player, Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Buick Terraza currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Buick Terraza has not been tested.

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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 Terraza 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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