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America’s Lexus Vehicles like this are why you don’t hear the word “minivan” so much anymore.

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.

DSCN0724 e1332795871685 225x300 2012 Buick EnclaveFuel economy on regular gas is rated at 17 – 24 with 2-wheel drive and 16 – 22 with all-wheel drive.

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.

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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.

DSCN0729 300x225 2012 Buick EnclaveIf the price of admission isn’t an issue, the Enclave can hold it’s own against any of it’s competitors.

What do you think about the Enclave…or either of it’s GM twins…the Chevy Traverse or the GMC Acadia?



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