2006 Buick Terraza

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$27,250

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2006 Buick Terraza

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

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Buick Terraza trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • SUV-like styling cues
  • Newly optional 3.9-liter V-6
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability system (FWD models)

2006 Buick Terraza review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Buick joined the minivan market for 2005 with the Terraza, which features sliding side doors and a low step-in height. For 2006, the Terraza can be equipped with a new 3.9-liter V-6.

Two versions are offered: the base CX and uplevel CXL. Both models are available with either front- or all-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, but the new 3.9-liter V-6 can be installed in front-wheel-drive Terrazas. The Terraza’s warranty has been lengthened for the 2006 model year.

Exterior
Sport utility vehicle-like styling features of the Terraza include its closer-to-vertical squared-off front fascia and its tall hood. Prominent C-pillars and 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, and “Buick” is embossed into the bright-finished rear license plate brow. 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, folding bench seat. Both the second- and third-row seats can be removed.

The three-spoke steering wheel has leather accents. Woodgrain is used on the instrument panel. A woodgrain-trimmed gearshift knob is used in the CXL.

An overhead console and rail system are standard, as is a DVD-based rear entertainment system. 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
A 3.5-liter V-6 produces 201 horsepower in front-wheel-drive Terrazas, and 196 hp in all-wheel-drive models. The new 3.9-liter V-6 features variable valve timing and develops 240 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines drive a four-speed-automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Terraza can tow a 3,500-pound trailer.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard on all Terrazas. Front-wheel-drive models get standard traction control and General Motors’ StabiliTrak electronic stability system. Side-impact airbags for the first and second rows are optional on the CX and standard on the CXL. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard on all Terrazas.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.7
  • Interior design 3.6
  • Performance 3.2
  • Value for the money 3.5
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 3.2

Most recent consumer reviews

3.7

good car when it works and isnt in limp mode

like it when it works. unreliable though. side doors cant close automatically when its cold and the weather seals are stiff, the safety feature engages (prevents crushing any people and things in the automatic door) and reopens it. abs, traction control, stability control, mass air flow sensor have thrown it into limp mode several times. at highway speeds it goes into low gear and it feels like you slammed on the brakes as the vehicle swerves left into oncoming traffic, or spins off winter slippery roads, or wet roads. have never changed the evaporative emissions sensor so the check engine light stays on forever...

4.0

Hated to part with it.

I just traded (or gave away) my beloved '06 Terraza. Bought in'09 with 44-K miles on it, I let go of it at 230,000 miles. It still looks great and drives fine, just got worried about something major giving up. The air/hydraulic suspension was wonderful and took this van from a "grocery getter" to a "lumber hauler" whenever I had a project going. Without the 3rd row seating in, I could mount 2 road bicycles inside, standing up. Of course I had it serviced regularly and updated as necessary. The sliding doors never gave me any problem. I did have running boards installed as it does sit higher than others. The Buick, while it looked like all the other GM vans of the day, was never the same. It was rated as a truck and had independent rear suspension, not a "trailer axle". I'm going to miss it and the Grand Caravan I now have has a lot to live up to.

4.7

Wife LOVES it

bought used, so had minor issues. But w/200K miles, it's expected. Lots of neat bells and whistles. Not a race car, but the 3.6 has the power needed to keep you comfortable and legal. the 3.9 is even more powerful. Interior is nice, but there is little room to get to the 3rd row seat. The seat trays are horrible. they should have used a console. I'd buy this van again in a heartbeat, and I've owned 4 other vans from different manufacturers.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 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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