2012 Buick Enclave

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Key Specs

of the 2012 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
  • Aging navigation graphics
  • Large turning circle
2012 Buick Enclave exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Buick Enclave

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

2012 Buick Enclave Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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
  • 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 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 ...

Vehicle Overview

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
  • 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 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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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Typically highly reliable Buick. Heaps of Space.

by Paul from Houma, LA on June 16, 2018

The car has been great. It drives well. It's quiet. As usual, as is the case with most of the Buicks, it requires like nada maintenance, except the standard stuff. It will go forever. Heaps of space ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best in Class IMHO

by ChetEtown from Evansville on April 10, 2018

The best ride I have ever had. Super quiet with a roomy cabin. Comfortable to drive on long trips. Plenty of room for 7 with Best in Class MPG Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Buick Enclave currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Buick Enclave Base

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 Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Buick

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker