• (4.4) 32 reviews
  • Available Prices: $7,277–$16,345
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7-8
2009 Buick Enclave

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Buick Enclave

What We Don't Like

  • Climate-control buttons positioned too low
  • Low seat cushions (second-row captain's chairs)
  • Small third row

Notable Features

  • 288-hp V-6
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Collapsible SmartSlide second-row seats
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Optional rearview camera
  • Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity

2009 Buick Enclave Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Buick Enclave crowns GM's newest batch of crossover SUVs, a group that also includes the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. The Enclave has some features not seen on the Outlook or Acadia, including a power-adjustable steering wheel, rear backup camera and additional noise insulation. Like its siblings, the Enclave offers three rows of seats standard with seating for up to eight passengers. While the Outlook and Acadia compete with garden-variety Hondas and Toyotas, Buick says the Enclave will go head-to-head with the Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX, among others.

New for 2009
The 2009 Buick Enclave gets a bump in power, from 275 to 288 horsepower.

At nearly 202 inches from bumper to bumper, the Enclave is more than an inch longer than the Outlook and Acadia. The XC90 and MDX are both about a foot shorter.

  • Sculpted ellipsoid headlights
  • Waterfall grille and louvered gills
  • Standard 18-inch wheels; 19-inch wheels optional
  • Dual exhaust
  • Quicksilver Metallic and Silver Green Metallic are new colors

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. With both rows stowed, maximum cargo room totals 116.2 cubic feet — considerably more than in the XC90 (93.2) or MDX (83.5).
  • Standard bucket seats in the first and second rows
  • Three-passenger third-row bench
  • Optional three-passenger bench seat for the second row
  • Optional heated and cooled seats for the 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.
  • 288 hp (270 pounds-feet of torque)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Standard safety equipment includes:
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology
  • Six standard airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • During a rollover, side curtain airbags stay inflated for several moments to provide additional protection

Consumer Reviews


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by Lynnhuntley from Chesterfield on October 18, 2017

Cindy accessed our needs and found the perfect fit for us. We were in and out the door with our new car in 3 hours.

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2009 Buick Enclave Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Buick Enclave CX

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Buick Enclave CX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Buick Enclave CX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Buick Enclave CX

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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