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By Cars.com Staff
August 3, 2011
The Buick Enclave offers three rows of seats standard, with seating for up to eight people. While its sibling, the GMC Acadia, competes with garden-variety Hondas and Toyotas, Buick says the Enclave will go head-to-head with the Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX, among other crossovers.
New for 2012 A hill-hold feature, which keeps the Enclave from rolling backward on inclines, is standard. The Enclave also has an enhanced brake override system, which cuts engine power when the gas and brake pedals are depressed. An accessory power outlet has been added to the center console.
Exterior The Enclave is about an inch longer than the Acadia and features some traditional Buick styling bits, including a waterfall grille and portholes on the flanks. Exterior features include:
Sculpted ellipsoid headlights
Waterfall grille and louvered gills
Standard 19-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch chrome-clad wheels optional
Interior Buick says the Enclave's interior strives to emulate that of a private jet. The second-row bucket seats slide forward and back, and the second and third rows fold to provide extra cargo room. Interior features include:
Standard bucket seats in the first and second rows
Three-passenger third-row bench
Optional three-passenger second-row bench seat for eight-person seating
Optional heated and cooled seats for driver, front passenger
Optional navigation system and Bose 10-speaker stereo
Under the Hood A 3.6-liter V-6 is the only engine available in the Enclave. It pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Mechanical features include:
288 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque
Uses regular gas
Optional all-wheel drive
Safety Standard safety features include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology
Side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
During a rollover, side curtain airbags stay inflated for several moments to provide additional protection
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