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Pros: Sun Roof
Cons: Cost of phone service for On-Star
Advice: Try it you will like it. Pay the extra and get some of the bells and whistles. Pass-up the all wheel drive unless you live in a snow belt region. The power traction feature for the front wheel drive is plenty.My wife and I took advantage of GM's early lease return program. Thanks GM!! We returned a Pontiac Montana and leased a new Buick Rendezvous. We love this vehicle!! The dark blue with lower gray accent is in our opinion the best looking color variation. It has a lot of bells & whistles such as sun roof, leather & power seats with memory for 2 drivers, deluxe sound system with 6 CD changer, trailer package, On-star phone,and digital info that is beamed (or reflected) onto the windshield so you keep your eyes on the road. Didn't get the AWD because you really don't need it where we live (Ohio) and it adds 500 pounds which puts more drain on the 185 hp engine. Very comfortable riding and the seats give you nice back support. The kids enjoy the stereo hookups in the back and the SUV comes with 2 sets of headphones with volume control. They can listen to CD's while we listen to the radio at the same time.. or visa versa. The all leather seats are worth the extra money not only from a comfort standpoint but from aesthetics as well. The front hood lifts up very easily with 2 gas loaded struts automatically lifting to the open position. On-star safety features are a nice add-on but the phone service is way to expense compared to a traditional cell phone service. On-Star sends help automatically if you get in a bad accident & the air bags deploy. Likewise, they can open your doors by calling a 1-888 # if you lock your keys in the car. For an extra fee you can have a personal navigation system feature. Not sure we wil keep On-Star after the first 'free' year is used up as it is very expensive.. to bad because it is fun to use. Our 2 teenage boys ride in the middle becasue the back sets have to little leg room. However, you can fold down one of the middle seats to create more room for back passengers. The middle seats also have fold down foot rests like you sometimes see in a first class cabin on an aircraft. Gas milage is somewhat below the sticker values (19/26)but that should improve as the car gets broken in. We also like the fact that the car has a warning sound when backing up if you get to close to an object. Good feature if someone leaves a bike etc. behind the SUV. From a ride standpoint the Rendzvous excels. Much smoother than our Pontiac Montana Van (though I believe the problem there was with the tires more than design issues.) The Buick fits inside our garage with room to spare. Like I said we have had many GMC and other brand vehicles and this is the best yet! Highly recommended!!
Pros: Excellent handling.
Cons: Engine compartment layout.
Advice: Forget the GS. Who wants to buy premium gas?While this car doesn't get much respect from the Nipponophants in the magazine industry, it is none the less an excellent vehicle. I have driven all of the Japanese competitors and found them wanting. This car handles as well as an Accord, but is so quiet that you don't realize it. It out accelerates the Altima and interior quality is far superior. This car is like driving a rocket. I think I experienced time-dialation. The stereo is excellent. The ride is smooth. The car is a keeper.
Pros: Smooth engine and transmission
Cons: plain looking interioir
Advice: Look at the regalThe century is an affordable car with many extras one would normally expect only in a car costing $10,000 more. The 175 Hp engine gives you plenty of power to pass at highway speeds or drive over steep mountain passes. The interior is a bit plain looking but is soft and comfortable. The ride is very smooth but has a bit of float in corners at high speed. The concert II stereo provides great sound with and easy to operate controls. The engine and transmission are smooth and responsive. This car does not have the flash of many higher priced cars but if you would like a V6 with power everything and a proven, beefy yet smooth engine all for under $20,000 then look at the Century.
Pros: smooth 200 hp engine
Cons: cup holders
Advice: Much more than is offered in the century or comparable imports.Smooth acceleration and nice tight handling in corners. The braking is strong and controlled. The exterior is sleek and looks like a much more expensive car. The interior is pretty nice and functional although the cup holders could be a bit bigger to handle larger cups. Lots of standard options and a beefy 200 hp engine make this a great vehicle for the money.
Pros: SEAT COMFORT
Cons: Quality and fit. Shifting is rough when changing speeds on hiway
Advice: Do not expect 29 miles per guallon on the road at hiway speedsCar was very Comfortable to enter and exit. Seats are high and car is nice to drive, Steering is looser than I am used to so car wanders a little. Transmission is not the smoothest. Milage was at 21 on the hiway and less in town. Power was suffient but not outstanding. The interior fit was poor as cloth was coming loose because it was cut too short. Other trim did not line up good.
Pros: ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
Advice: IF YOU CAN AFFORD THE EXTRA COST BUY THE LIMITED WITH ALL THE EXTRAS FEATURES.I just returned from a trip to FLORIDA and i must say it was very enjoyable ride. I averaged almost 28 miles per gal. Did not take any oil, and drove 700 miles the first day and felt fine at end of day. This is a great road care.
Cons: Not enough cargo room with third seat up.
Advice: Don't forget to ask about graduate incentive. We save $500.I love this SUV. I was looking for a mini-van. My husband couldn't drive a mini-van...too cool. I saw the Rendezvous and took it home for the husband to see. He fell in love! I drove form CA to CO with two dog kennels A baby and all that goes with moving.(Well everything you need for a baby!) I was surprised how comfy the drive was. Amazing how much room you have! Those driving a Lexus and Mercedes should have test driven a Rendevous.