2006 Buick Terraza

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Buick Terraza. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2006 Buick Terraza

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 benc...
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.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.1)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(3.2)
Value For The Money
(3.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Hated to part with it.

by A Lee from Shallotte,NC on June 10, 2018

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 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Wife LOVES it

by Sugah Joe from Delmar DE on August 10, 2017

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 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Buick Terraza currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 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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