2010 Enclave New Car Test Drive
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.
The 2010 Buick Enclave is offered in CX and CXL trim levels, each with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Both come with the 3.6-liter 24-valve V6 with variable valve timing and rated at 288 horsepower.
Enclave CX ($35,515) and CX AWD ($37,515) come standard with cloth upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control with rear controls, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, six-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, two-way power front passenger's seat, second-row captain's chairs, split-folding third-row seat, OnStar assistance, power windows, power locks, power heated mirrors with turn signals, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo with XM satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, outside temperature indicator, power liftgate, automatic bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, roof rails and P255/65R18 tires on alloy wheels.
Enclave CXL ($38,630) upgrades with leather upholstery, rear-view camera, eight-way power driver's seat and four-way power front passenger's seat, memory for driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel, upgraded power seats and heated front seats. Enclave CXL is also available with AWD ($40,630).
Options include a trailer towing package ($455), second-row center console ($300), moonroof ($1,400), audio, navigation and entertainment systems, wheel upgrades and paint upgrades.
Safety features that come standard include dual front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain side airbags with rollover deployment, OnStar emergency communications (with turn-by-turn navigation), tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control and rollover mitigation. All-wheel drive enhances safety in slippery conditions.