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2005 Buick Terraza Van

4dr CX FWD

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  • $28,110 original MSRP
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2005 Buick Terraza Van

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2005 Buick Terraza Van


2005 Buick Terraza

Source: New Car Test Drive


The new Terraza minivan adds a third truck to the Buick product line in four years, joining the Rendezvous and the Rainier. The Terraza is one of four long-nose minivans GM designed to emulate the look and feel of sport utility vehicles and to get a step or two away from the so-called minivan/soccer-mom/suburbia stigma.

These four minivans represent a new family built on the old minivan platform, a family that includes the Buick Terraza, Saturn Relay, Chevrolet Uplander, and Pontiac Montana SV6. All built on common chassis, with common powertrains, the same general dimensions, and similar standard and optional equipment offerings, depending on the price class. It's the same, exact strategy as GM used before on the J cars and X cars and W cars.

Buick is at the top of the new Gang of Four in terms of price and equipment, and is designed to compete with the Chrysler Town & Country, Mercury Monterey, Toyota Sienna, and Chrysler Pacifica. The Terraza is quiet, benefiting from more sound-deadening measures than the other GM minivans.

Model Lineup

Both Terraza models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive models come standard with traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. Versatrak all-wheel drive is available on both models for safer winter-weather capability.

Safety equipment includes dual-stage front air bags, optional side-impact air bags for driver and front-seat passenger ($350), and GM's OnStar system with sixth-generation hardware, analog/digital coverage and upgraded hands-free operation.

Two models are available, CX and CXL. Seven-passenger seating and dual sliding doors come standard on both models.

The Terraza CX ($28,825) comes well-equipped with air conditioning, tilt wheel, remote keyless entry, power driver's seat, programmable power locks, power windows, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD MP3 stereo system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Driver Information Center, foldable or removable second- and third-row seats, a 50/50 split-stowable third row fold-down bench seat, and an overhead console with a rail system for snap-in accessory options. Options for the CX include a rear cargo area organizer ($285), overhead storage rail system ($100), rear air conditioning ($475), and a left-side power sliding door packaged with rear park assist ($545).

The Terraza CXL ($31,885) is more elegantly appointed, adding leather-appointed seats, power front seats with driver's-side memory, dual power sliding doors, rear climate control, ultrasonic rear park assist, a rear cargo organizer, an overhead modular storage system, CD/DVD storage, first-aid kit, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a 115-volt (house-current) power outlet in the rear cargo area.

Options include a remote starter, six-CD/MP3 player ($295), XM Satellite Radio ($325) that includes a one-year subscription, remote starting ($175), heated front seats ($275), 17-inch alloy wheels ($325), and 17-inch chrome wheels ($650). A navigation system will also be available. A mobility package is available that uses a remote-control electric power seat to extend out and down to load disabled passengers ($4,795). And then there's PhatNoise.


Buick is calling the Terraza a "crossover sport van," but it is essentially a minivan. They have certainly made the Terraza look like a low-riding Buick SUV, with its vertical-toothed grille and integrated lamps leading off that long, long nose section.

The long-wheelbase Terraza is adorned otherwise by only a single strip of chrome down the side and six large windows, the after four tinted and dark, and a chrome-railed roof rack. The standard layout is four captain's chairs and a split/fold rear bench, nothing new here, with a power sliding door on the curb side and a second one optional on the left side. Unlike many another minivans, the Terraza tailgate is manually operated, unlocked by the key fob.

Terraza has at least a short-term exclusive on a standard independent long- and short-arm rear suspension with automatic load leveling, a system which may migrate to the other brands over time. But don't expect SUVesque off-road performance, because it has only 5.5 inches of ground clearance. It may sort of look like an SUV, but it isn't one. We call it a minivan, GM calls it a midvan (arguably the most accurate description), but no one would call it an SUV. It's more like an all-weather family transport unit with some flair.

The outside mirrors fold for parking in tight garages.

Interior Features

Inside the Terraza, black and white gauges, chrome and egregiously fake wood trim accents provide a standard minivan interior layout. The printed fake wood isn't very convincing, even extending to the multi-control steering wheel's spokes. The four chrome-ringed main gauges are large, with large numerals, easy to see, read and use. The instrument panel, center console and door panels are well integrated, and follow GM interior schemes to the letter. Most of the materials look good and are soft to the touch. Nothing in here will confuse anyone for very long.

Likewise, there's nothing confusing about the operation, adjustment, and stowage of the seats. The second-row captain's chairs are as tall, comfortable and supportive as the front seats. The hidden rear area cargo organizer on our CXL was well thought out for small, medium, and long cargoes, though not very deep.

Terraza CX seats have cloth inserts with leather bolsters in the first two rows, while the CXL has leather seating surfaces in the first two rows.

Terraza's second- and third-row seats are both foldable and removable for cargo hauling, while the third-row seat has a 50/50 split. While the seats fold over to create a relatively flat load area, they do not disappear into the floor like the Ford, Honda and Chrysler minivan seats. With the seats up, you get 27 cubic feet, with the third row down you get 74 cubic feet, and with second and third row taken out, you get 136 cubic feet.

All Terrazas have a front overhead console and a standard overhead rail system, with optional snap-in accessory and storage modules. The rail system is designed to hold the rear climate and audio controls, or the rear-seat DVD entertainment system in a single unit. The storage modules store CDs, DVDs, sunglasses or cell phones.

Optional seat-mounted side air bags provide head and torso protection for both the front passenger and driver during side-impact crashes, but unfortunately, that's the end of the major safety equipment story. Curtain airbags to cover the passengers in the second and third seats are not available.

GM's terrific OnStar communications system is, in some ways, a safety feature: If the airbags are set off, an OnStar operator will try to contact you and will then direct paramedics to your exact location if you don't respond. More commonly, the OnStar operators can give you directions, locate the nearest five-star Italian restaurant or help you find the nearest gas station. They can unlock the doors if you lock yourself out and direct police to your vehicle if it's stolen.

An optional three-way entertainment system allows listening to as many as three separate entertainment sources simultaneously, DVD, CD and radio, through the speakers and two-channel wireless headphones.

The brand-new PhatNoise entertainment option is a 40-gigabyte hard drive that installs in the Terraza's standard overhead rail system. It can store and play back up to 10,000 songs in MP3, WMA or WAV, store and play up to 40 movies, or store and play a combination of songs and movies. It can play video games, and has a voice-browsing interface to call up movies or music by name. It can transfer digital camera pictures through a USB port in the cartridge and play them back on the DVD screen. The cartridge is portable, so it can be used to download files for playback in the Terraza. This option clearly breaks new ground in-car entertainment systems.

Our Terraza CXL was loaded: front seat side air bags, rear air conditioning, the cargo organizer, 6-CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, remote starting, heated front seats, and chrome wheels, about $34,520 at the bottom line.

Driving Impressions

The Buick Terraza is powered by GM's 3.5-liter V6 rated at 200 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque, a cast iron V6 that's been around for decades yet still manages to be the strong, silent type when it comes to highway running.

And, speaking of silence, the Terraza has been treated to Quiet Tuning, Buick's package of sound blockers, attenuators, and deadeners from the firewall to the tailgate. Considering the size of the hole the Terraza cuts through the air, the big tires and the huge glass area, it is very quiet at high cruising speeds on good pavement. Any minivan, because it is a big empty box with lots of glass, is an acoustic nightmare, and Buick has done a first-rate job of quieting things down.

The Terraza offers good acceleration, steering, and braking performance and nice road manners.

If things get out of hand the traction control and the Stabilitrak electronic stability control systems step in. With these systems working to operate throttle, brakes, suspension, and torque distribution to the two front driving wheels, there's a lot more peace of mind available in bad weather conditions. which helps drivers maintain control in sudden maneuvers, particularly in low traction conditions, in emergency lane changes, and during avoidance maneuvers.


StabiliTrak assists the vehicle in maintaining the driver's intended path by applying braking force at any corner of the vehicle independent of the driver's use of the brake pedal. StabiliTrak uses sensors to compare the vehicle's actual path with the driver's desired path. If the difference between the driver's desired path and the vehicle's actual path becomes great enough, StabiliTrak takes appropriate action to assist the driver in maintaining the desired path. If the vehicle begins to understeer (snowplow), StabiliTrak applies the inside rear brake to help turn the vehicle. If the vehicle begins to oversteer (fishtail), StabiliTrak applies the outside front brake to straighten the vehicle. StabiliTrak is integrated with the traction control and ABS systems. StabiliTrak is not available on Terraza models equipped with Versatrak all-wheel drive.

Versatrak is one of the most advanced approaches to all-wheel drive and we recommend it for anyone who has to drive on snow and ice. The optional system works full time and is particularly helpful in slippery conditions. The driver need do nothing; there are no buttons to push or levers to throw. If one or both front wheels lose grip, the system goes into action progressively. The system makes use of the traction available by not only transferring torque from front to rear, but also from side to side between the rear wheels, an ability not found in many competitive systems.


Buick's first-ever minivan, the new Terraza, is a quiet, orderly, handsome family transporter that offers tremendous flexibility in family entertainment with the standard DVD system and the new PhatNoise option. With its conventional folding rear seats, it's not as easy to convert to major cargo hauling as some of its direct competitors, and it doesn't offer a big price advantage over the competition. It doesn't offer side air curtains for the rear compartment. All in all, a very nice truck, but not a great truck.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Jim McCraw filed this report from Pellston, Michigan.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
Model lineup:
Buick Terraza CX ($28,825); CXL, ($31,885)
200-hp 3.5-liter ohv 12-valve V6
4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
front airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, traction control
Safety equipment (Optional):
side-impact airbags, all-wheel drive, rear park assist
Basic warranty:
3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:
Doraville, Georgia
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Buick Terraza CXL V6 ($31,885)
Standard equipment:
dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery with leather inserts, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, 6-way power driver seat, AM/FM/CD player w eight speakers, DVD rear entertainment system, overhead modular storage system, cruise control, Driver Information Center, universal garage door transmitter, deluxe interior lighting, automatic headlamps, rear-window defogger, retained accessory power, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, sun visors with extensions, floor mats; CXL adds leather-appointed upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front seats, audio controls on steering wheel, auxiliary rear climate control, 115-volt power outlet in rear, cargo organizer, dual power sliding doors
Options as tested:
front-seat side air bags ($350); XM Satellite Radio ($325); remote starting ($175); heated front seats ($275); chrome wheels ($325)
Destination charge:
Gas Guzzler Tax:
Price as tested (MSRP)
front-wheel drive
3.5-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
200 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
220 @ 4400
4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
20/28 mpg.
121.1 in.
205.0/72.0/72.0 in.
Track, f/r:
62.4/62.9 in.
Turning circle:
40.4 ft.
Seating capacity:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
39.8/59.9/39.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
38.9/61.2/38.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:
38.1/48.7/36.2 in.
Cargo volume:
136.5 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:
3500 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, MacPherson strut
Suspension R:
independent, multi-link, coil springs, automatic load-leveling
Ground clearance:
5.5 in.
Curb weight:
4470 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:
vented disc/vented disc with ABS in.
Fuel capacity:
25 gal.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Side Air Bag Opt

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Buick Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

NEW! 6-Year/100,000-Mile¹ Powertrain Limited Warranty

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile³ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program with two included maintenance visits

¹Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
²Whichever comes first, from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Maintenance visits must occur within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle delivery, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2012-2017 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, GM requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at recalls.gm.com
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day/150-Mile&#185; Vehicle Exchange Program <br> &#185;Whichever comes first. Vehicle exchange only. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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