- Cicero, IL
- 1 year
2009 buick enclave review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Enclave is aimed at the upper end of the crossover segment, with competitors like the acura mdx, lexus rx 350 and mercedes-benz r 350. Enclave's styling is completely different from its siblings. but what really sets the enclave apart is its modern cabin, with stylish illumination, crisp graphics, genuine wood trim and nice leather. The seats are comfortable, and it can be ordered with a second-row bench seat or luxurious captain's chairs, depending on whether seven- or eight-passenger capacity is needed. Enclave is rated to tow up to 4500 pounds. Smooth and practical, we think it may be the best vehicle buick has ever built, though there are some fine vintage models we certainly wouldn't mind having. the enclave was introduced for the 2008 model year. For 2009, enclave gets a more powerful engine and various equipment upgrades. The 3. 6-liter v6 engine adds direct-injection, upping horsepower from 275 to 288 and torque from 251 to 270 pound-feet. New features for 2009 include a standard bluetooth wireless cell phone link, real-time traffic information for the available navigation system, available heated and cooled front seats, and a 110-volt power outlet that comes with all entertainment packages. A rear-view camera that projects its image on the rearview mirror is also new. lineupthe 2009 buick enclave is offered in cx and cxl models, each with front-wheel drive (2wd) or all-wheel drive (awd). Both come with the high-feature 3. 6-liter 24-valve v6 with variable valve timing. The luxury package 750) includes power folding exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming driver's side mirror, steering-linked headlamps, and a power tilt/telescoping steering column; the driver confidence package 920) includes remote engine starting, ultrasonic rear parking assist, and heated washer fluid. Other options include chromed aluminum 19-inch wheels 1495), a second-row center console 300), heated and cooled front seats 650), a power sunroof with a second-row skylight 1400), the panasonic dvd rear-entertainment system with dual screens 2010), a trailer towing package 500 cx, $425 cxl), and a rear cargo cover 130). A second-row, three-passenger bench seat is a $495 credit. safety features that come standard include dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags with rollover deployment, onstar emergency communications (with turn-by-turn navigation), tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stabilitrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation. The evolving design of that grille and the sculpted sides are reflected in the upcoming 2010 buick lacrosse. the long body shell is anything but boxy, with curvy, swoopy, and sexy shapes from every angle. All of the front lighting elements use clear lenses, with lots of different elements to please the eye and light the road. Everything under the bumper is kept simple and clean to draw the eye to that massive grille. The roof and the side windows are done in a gracefully decreasing sweep from front to rear, accented by bright-metal roof bars that follow the roof's curvature perfectly front to back. out back, the top-hinged tailgate with standard power opening and closing is a work of art, with the rear glass extending beyond the sheetmetal into the rear opening. The rear glass is quite large, and is convex-shaped, coming to a point just above the buick tri-shield logo and above the wide-screen taillamps. Under the rear bumper is a diffuser panel and dual exhausts with bright tips, making for one of the tastiest rear-end treatments in the crossover segment. interiorthe cabin is what sets the buick enclave from other seven- and eight-passenger crossovers. Starting with the double-wave dashboard and instrument panel and going all the way back to the rear cargo floor, it's as modern as tomorrow and as functional as a swiss army knife. the chrome-ringed white-on-black instruments and analog clock are highly styled, with a soft blue-green illumination (which is repeated around the perimeter of the headlamp), and halo lighting at night. The graphics are large and clear, and the wood is real. On the cxl version, the steering wheel is leather and mahogany, with 10 switches and controls mounted on it for easy use. In a messy chicago winter, the camera lens became speckled with dirt and salt, making the image hard to see in the rearview mirror. A larger image on the navigation screen would have been easier to see and more helpful. Or, there's a second-row bench seat that makes for a 2-3-3 seating scheme for a total of eight passengers. either way, the driver and front-seat passenger get power bucket seats. The third row is usable for more than just kids. The third row has enough head-room for adults, and leg room is good for kids and fair for adults. Three kids will fit across, but three adults will find it tight. Only small kids will find the third row comfortable for long trips, though, because the seat bottoms sit too low to provide thigh support. the enclave gets high marks for storage space and flexibility. There's 23. 2 cubic feet of cargo room just inside the power tailgate behind the third row, 67. 5 cubic feet with the third row seats down, and 115. 3 cubic feet with both rows folded. Another 4 cubic feet of storage space is found under the rear cargo floor. Up front, the enclave has storage on top of the dash for sunglasses, ipods, and cell phones. Buick says the enclave has 24 storage areas, counting door pockets, under-seat areas, and built-in storage. Buick claims a 0–60 time in the low eight-second-range, not bad for 5000 pounds. Its 3. 6-liter v6 engine features a specia.
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