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If dealer anticipation is anything to go by, the new Buick Enclave has already exceeded the expectations of General Motors. Buick dealers have put in orders for 6,000 units of the third large CUV to be built on the automaker's Lambda platform, the other two being the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. This is one of those good news/bad news situations, as GM only has the capacity to build around half of the orders taken for the Enclave by the time the SUV goes on sale by June 1st.

So far, the Acadia appears to be handily outselling the Outlook by over 2 to 1, racking up 5,965 sales this year through February compared to 2,844 sales of the Outlook. The Enclave will be positioned above its two CUV siblings with a starting price of $32,790. Dealers are also ordering Enclaves optioned to the hilt with premium items, so expect average transaction prices to be much higher. The looming question is whether consumers can stomach a premium-priced CUV from Buick after being weened on the heavily incentivised Rendezvous. We think they can, if based solely on the fact that the Enclave is a real looker and the other two Lambda CUVs have been received well by the press so far.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This vehicle looks ok, but at 4780 lbs, its just another overweight hog.
      David in PA
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like it and might have considered it but, just like the late, no-so-great, GM minivans, the second row seats are much too low. No adult over 5'2" can be possibly be comfortable in the second row seats for more than ten minutes or so. Instead we just picked up an R-350 today actually. I would have waited for the Enclave and given it some thought, but the seats in the Outlook and the Acadia were much too low and the Enclave will have the same basic seat structure. I use my vehicle to transport mostly adults, not 10 year olds, so it doesn't work for me. I imagine there will be others who choose not to have their passengers sit with their knees against their chin. In my opinion another one of those little detail/big mistakes by GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Enclave has a higher base price than the Acadia, but its extra standard equipment (such as xenon headlamps) more than compensate. Adjust for these features and it's actually less expensive than the GMC.

      The downside is that its interior materials, though flashier, are at best equal in quality to the Acadia's.

      So far I have about 22 Acadias and 24 Outlooks signed up to participate in my reliability research, so I'll have some initial results in May. Unless the response rate is exceptional, though, I'll only have fairly solid results in mid-August. Which will still be three months ahead of CR.

      TrueDelta's page for the Enclave:

      http://www.truedelta.com/models/Enclave.php
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who ate all the pies...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Enclave is going to be a HUGE hit.

      So much content, great looks and the perfect vehicle for the times means that Buick is poised for a rare breakout hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      changed my mind... it definately works for me!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They actually sold quite a few of the Rendezvous, about 70,000 a year IIRC. But at deep discounts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does it have to look like an obese bulldog? Do GM designers think that stupid look suits well to Americans?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mike,
      Does it work for you, or does it not? We really need to know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Amazing, the one that looks the least like an SUV is most popular, is it just possible that people really are looking for a viable alternative to SUVs?

      No that's impossible because it were true GM would have invested in a new minivan to compete with the Odyssey, Quest and Sienna rather than kill theirs off rather after letting sit essentially unupdated (new styling to make it look more like an SUV doesn't count) for almost a decade.

      Quick GM, just in case you better kill this one quick before it spreads.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We recently purchased the Enclave's sister car, a GMC Acadia. It's absolutely amazing! Believe all hype and rave reviews, this thing is for real. Seems like the Enclave is only going to up the ante! If you're interested in reading more about the Buick Enclave, a dedicated forum just opened covering it. Go check it out at http://www.enclaveforum.net
      • 7 Years Ago
      It ain't workin' for me.
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