2012 Buick Enclave

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

201.8” x 72.5”


Front-wheel drive



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

4 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Buick Enclave review: Our expert's take

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.

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


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

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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Great car!

Had this car since 2012, not even 100,00 miles yet, in great condition and paid for. Excellent car! Great on trips! If taken care of, would recommend this as a very good buy.


Buick enclave

Had my car for a month and a half and it caught fire and after looking at all the recalls I need someone to get in contact with me


Plastic breaking away electric parts hanging out R

Plastic on front seats breaking in pieces Electic wires hanging out all other interior in great shape except bottom of front seats They look like they have been hit with hammer

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Based on the 2012 Buick Enclave base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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