2012 Buick Enclave
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Now….nothing can beat a minivan for utility, it’s just that most Americans would rather drive something like this…and it’s easy to see why.
Perforated heated and cooled leather captains chairs, dual sunroofs, power everything, 7-passenger seating, tri-zone climate control, DVD, premium audio with On-Star, 20-inch chrome wheels, 288 horsepower V-6 with a new 6-speed automatic. Ours had Buick’s optional all-wheel-drive, and stickered at just under $51,000, although in 2-wheel drive configuration, the Enclave starts at $37,410.
Competing against the Lexus RX 350, Acura’s MDX and Volvo’s XC 90, the Buick Enclave tops the others in mileage, quietness, and space behind the third-row seats.
The 3.6 liter engine is a slightly de-tuned version of the same excellent engine that powers the Cadillac CTS and Camaro…while the new 6-speed automatic allows the engine to be in the right gear almost all the time for maximum performance as well as economy.
You’re well-insulated from the outside world in the Enclave…sitting almost a foot higher than in a conventional car…yet without the “tippy” feeling that comes with some SUV’s. The Enclave is known for pretty decent road manners.
You’re rather well-protected, too, as the Enclave has an overall 5-star ( highest ) government safety rating.
What do you think about the Enclave…or either of it’s GM twins…the Chevy Traverse or the GMC Acadia?