Tuesday, September 25, 2007

2007 Buick Rainier Review

You can pick up one of two five-passenger 2007 Buick Ranier SUVs in 2007, an RWD from $32,285 and an AWD from $34,305. In both you're getting rear volume of 43.7 cubic feet behind the back seat with a turning distance of 36.4 feet from one curb to the other. Buick puts a Vortec 4200 V6 under the hood producing 291 hp and including an oil cooler for the transmission. If that's not enough power for you, opt for the Vortec 5300 and you'll pick up 302 hp in a 5.3 liter unit plus active management technology for fuel consumption. The transmission configuration on both engines is an electronically controlled four-speed with overdrive.

Inside you're ready for all circumstances, with three power outlets, climate control over two zones and individual settings for the driver and front passenger. The lighting system includes theater-like dimming and for the backseat navigator a map light is present. Full air bag protection shields the driver and passenger with first and second row outside positions covered by side bags. All are regulated by sensor controlled deployment systems.

Incuded audio in the 2007 Buick Ranier is a combo unit plus a cassette player and XM Satellite Radio can be added. Volume varies according to vehicle speed and the TheftLock system is present. Upgrades will gain a changer in the dash to handle six CDs and MP3 capability. Backseat passengers have their own audio controls and jacks for headphones plus the option for a DVD system.

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