Minivan, luxury automobile, and SUV—according to Buick, their first-ever truck line was all these vehicles rolled into one. Tagged as the Rendezvous, this mid-size compact SUV was known for its cargo and seating capacities. Although it has already been discontinued, this vehicle still managed to make a difference for the Buick brand and inspire car manufacturers around the world.
2002: First model
When Buick released the first model of the Rendezvous, it was available in two trim levels: the CXL and base CX. Because this crossover SUV was considered as a premium vehicle pine , the base trim came with excellent standard features such as a CD player, keyless entry, power accessories, and air-conditioning. On the other hand, the premium trim CXL had compass functions, an information center that displayed temperature, and a trip computer.
2003: Second model
A year after it was released, the Rendezvous received some minor upgrades for the 2003 model year. Although its standard engine was still the 3.4-liter, V6 engine, the '03 model was revamped in terms of the availability of the optional XM satellite radio and rear DVD system. What's more, the second model continued to be praised because of its capability to seat up to seven people.
2004: Third model
In 2004, some features of the Buick Rendezvous were once again changed. Some of the notable changes were the replacement of amber turn signal lights to clear ones and the introduction of the Ultra trim as a top- of- the- line model. This model was equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, a theft deterrent system, and leather and ultrasuede seats.
2005: Fourth model
For the 2005 model year, the Rendezvous became equipped with a tri-shield Buick steering wheel. Also, the leather seats became standard, and the 3.6-liter, V6 engine became available to FWD CXL models. Despite these changes, the '05 Rendezvous was still considered as a carry-over from the previous year.
2006: Fifth model
Dubbed as a mid-model upgrade, the Rendezvous line underwent some changes in 2006. During this period, the grille of this vehicle became badged with the popular tri-shield logo of Buick. Also, the Onstar Rear Park assist feature was made standard just like the 3.5-liter, V6 engine. Moreover, the silver instrument cluster that was used in the previous model years was replaced with a black-faced one.
2007: Last model
In 2007, despite its sales success in the previous years, Buick still decided to pull the plug on the Rendezvous. Nonetheless, in its last year, this vehicle line still had some upgrades such as the availability of the turn-by-turn navigation, mahogany-trimmed wheels, and standard third row seats.