2005 Buick Rainier Review

2005 Buick Rainier Review

Pros

  • Exceptionally quiet ride, strong optional V8, easy to get in and out, decent off-road ability.

Cons

  • Subpar build and materials quality, sloppy handling, lacks key safety features, not enough storage space.

What's new

The CXL Plus trim level is dropped in favor of a single CXL model; a CD/MP3 player stereo is newly optional; real wood replaces the fake stuff for the steering wheel and shift knob; and various upgrades help spruce things up inside. Full-length head curtain airbags make their way to the options list, though Buick has dropped last year's seat-mounted side airbags (which provided torso protection for front occupants).

Styles

Rainier SUV