2011 Buick Enclave

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Buick Enclave. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Capable engine
  • Cabin materials
  • Roomy first and second rows
  • Cargo room

The Bad

  • Low cushions for second and third rows
  • Cargo floor not continuous
  • Aging navigation graphics
  • Large turning circle

Notable Features of the 2011 Buick Enclave

  • 288-hp V-6
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Available AWD
  • Related to Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia

2011 Buick Enclave Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Buick Enclave crowns GM's newest batch of crossover SUVs, a group that also includes the GMC Acadia. Like its sibling, the Enclave offers three rows of seats standard, with seating for up to eight passengers. While the 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 others.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

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
  • Dual exhaust


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
  • 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 2...
Vehicle Overview
The Buick Enclave crowns GM's newest batch of crossover SUVs, a group that also includes the GMC Acadia. Like its sibling, the Enclave offers three rows of seats standard, with seating for up to eight passengers. While the 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 others.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

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
  • Dual exhaust


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
  • 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
  • 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



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Beautiful luxury vehicle.

by foofernysc from Columbia, South Carolina on July 19, 2018

I love all the bells and whistles on this luxury vehicle. The remote start and remote hatch make life with children so much easier. It drives with ease on the road and is a quiet ride. The only thing ... Read full review

(5.0)

Classier than a minivan, but just as functional

by JADE Management from Spring Lake on July 15, 2018

It's the perfect vehicle for a handyman with a lot of friends and family. Six adults can comfortably ride in this car yet it's versitile enough to get a 4 x8 sheet of plywood in the back when you need ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Buick Enclave currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Buick Enclave CX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Buick
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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