The Buick Enclave is a luxury crossover sport utility vehicle that seats seven or eight, offers big cargo space, and gets good fuel economy and performance from a modern V6 engine. As a large midsize crossover, it offers the space of a truck-based SUV yet it is built using car-like unibody construction.
Enclave shares its basic platform with the GMC Acadia and Chevy Traverse, but they are not the same and its styling is considerably different from its siblings. The Enclave is aimed at the upper end of the crossover segment, with competitors that include the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz R350.
What sets Enclave apart is its modern cabin, with stylish illumination, crisp graphics, genuine wood trim and nice leather. The seats are comfortable, and it can be ordered with a second-row bench seat or luxurious captain's chairs, depending on whether seven- or eight-passenger capacity is needed. There's lots of convenient cubby storage and the Enclave offers 115 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats folded down.
Equipped with GM's 3.6-liter V6, Enclave offers good acceleration performance while earning an EPA-estimated 16/22 City/Highway mpg with all-wheel drive, and it's rated to tow up to 4,500 pounds. Smooth and practical, it's a superb vehicle.
For 2010, there are only minor changes. An optional 20-inch chrome alloy wheel package with P255/55HR20 tires is available. A USB port included with premium sound systems is located in the center console and the standard OnStar 8.2 system has enhanced capabilities.