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2009 Buick Enclave

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$4,722 — $13,470 USED
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Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Interior quality
  • Roomy first and second rows
  • Cargo room

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2009 Buick Enclave
  • 288-hp V-6
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Collapsible SmartSlide second-row seats
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Optional rearview camera
  • Standard Bluetooth phone connectivity

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2009 Buick Enclave Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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

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. 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 ...

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.

Exterior
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

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. 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

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.1
42 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(1.0)

Will never purchase a GM vehicle again

by Joy Vay from Phoenix, AZ on October 28, 2019

Reasonably comfortable but extremely unreliable. In the 4 years we have had it I'd say we had maybe a couple of months that it ran like a normal automobile. Constant unexplained misfires, shutters, ... Read full review

(3.0)

Don’t buy the older model

by Queenybaby from Nashville, TN on July 1, 2019

Great looking car with plenty of room, but it has lots of problems. Once the car got to 90,000 miles I started having problems. The coil packs went out every 3 months for two years. The transmission ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Buick Enclave currently has 7 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Enclave received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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