Rendezvous: Mid-Size Crossover SUV

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Buick Rendezvous

Buick considered the Rendezvous a premium crossover, even the base CX trim came with a decent list of standard features that included keyless entry, power accessories, air-conditioning and a CD player. The roomy Rendezvous CX came on the market with seating for five-passengers.

One of the Roomier Crossover SUVs on the Market

The Buick Rendezvous was brought out by General Motors in 2002 as a midsize crossover SUV, a cross between a luxury sedan, an SUV, and a minivan. Unfortunately, the Rendezvous interior was not equipped with the luxurious amenities the public expected to find, even though it could accommodate up to seven people. There was insufficient cargo space for the minivan buyers, even when the third-row seating was folded flat, and overall, there was no styling advantage over other vehicles in the segment. For those buyers who needed a snow vehicle, the Rendezvous did offer a less costly all-wheel-drive-system as an option, but, it was not particularly rugged, and over the years it could not keep up with the competition. The production of the Rendezvous was dropped during 2007.

Trim Options For Every Taste

The lifespan of the Buick Rendezvous lasted from 2002 until 2007.It came offered in two basic trim levels, the CX and the CXL. In 2004, a more upmarket model was introduced to the line, the Rendezvous Ultra. The standard features of the base CX listed respectable items, such as keyless entry, air-conditioning, a CD player and power accessories. The CXL included a third-row of seating, both as standard or an option, depending on the model year. On the CXL there were also power front seats, leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone control, and wood-tone trim for the cabin as well as alloy wheels for the exterior. For the Ultra model, there was a more powerful engine, satellite radio, a head-up display, and the second row of seating was equipped with captain's chairs. Upon discontinuation of the Ultra model, these items became an option for the CXL buyers.

Rendezvous Power and Drive Capability

The all-wheel-drive came standard on all 2002 Rendezvous models, but lower-cost front-wheel-drive versions were added the following year. Oddly, AWD was discontinued altogether for 2007, making the Buick Rendezvous the only crossover SUV not to offer any kind of all-weather capability. The Rendezvous came with three different engine types, all of them mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. For the first two years, there was only a 3.4-litre V6 with 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration was rather sluggish, but, the fuel economy was above class average. This engine was still available for 2004 and 2005 or the on the Ultra model that was more sophisticated and delivered 235 lb-ft of torque.