crossover blends the functionality and space of a 7-passenger minivan with the
styling and all-wheel-drive capability of an SUV. Sure, General Motors offers
all-wheel-drive versions of its Pontiac Montana and Chevrolet Venture minivans
(with which the Rendezvous shares its mechanical bits), and in effect, the Rendezvous
is more minivan than sport-ute. And in many respects, that's a good thing.
For example, not many sport-utility vehicles boast as much room in the third row
seat when so equipped (the Rendezvous comes with seating for four, five, six or
seven passengers, the latter two capacities indicating the presence of a third-row,
two-person bench). Not only that, but getting into the back is much easier affair
in the Rendezvous than in most SUVs, as the tall bodyside means less ducking as
you step past the tumbled second-row seat. Also nice about having some minivan
in your pedigree is the low center of gravity, low floor and pleasant ride quality.
not so hot about this particular minivan platform is the engine that comes with
it, a rather uninspiring 185-hp V-6 that is neither terribly powerful nor fuel-efficient
(it does get better mileage than virtually any other 7-passenger SUV on the road).
It comes standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel-drive is a worthwhile
option for those who live in inclement climes. Its modest ground clearance, however,
renders it most comfortable on the road, not the trails.
all said, the Rendezvous is worth considering on account of its elegant interior,
generous interior space and appointments, and its slew of options like OnStar,
DVD entertainment, XM radio, head-up instrument display and power liftgate. Furthermore,
its low price of entry means that you can actually check some boxes on the options
list and not go broke by doing so.