The only powertrain offered is a 3.4 liter pushrod V6 mated to a 4 speed automatic with 185 bhp and 210 lb.ft of torque, the engine feels adequate in everyday life but a bit strained under heavy load. Unlike other forms of awd, the Rendezvous Versatrak system engages the rear wheels only when the front wheels slip. Upon detection of front wheel spin, gerotor pumps pressurize hydraulic fluid to engage a clutch pack that can send up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels. This happens automatically and imperceptibly to the driver and passengers. Designed to sit low and take up little space, the Versatrak also makes it possible to maintain a flat floor inside that otherwise would have been intruded upon by a conventional differential. Built on a carlike unit steel body with MacPherson struts up front and independent rear suspension with aluminium arms in back, it’s no wonder the Rendezvous drives with Buick plushness. Some of this comes from pared pounds; light weight composites are used in the production of the rear liftgate to achieve a door that can be opened with one hand. Safety features include front and side airbags as well as ABS.
With the ability to carry seven people through threatening weather, or to store 208.9 cu.ft of cargo with the seats removed, the Rendezvous is an excellent combination of truck, van and luxury car. The drivers of this Buick will feel comfortable and safe wherever they may want to roam.