The 2010 Buick Enclave

March 28, 2010

The Buick Enclave has standard seating for seven people, making this SUV one of the best mid-sized family cars on the market.  Buick have not spared any expense when it comes to the looks and stylish design of the Enclave.  The quality just oozes out of this SUV from the inside to the outside, just looking at it you can see this is a vehicle any driver would be proud to own.

Acceleration is good from the 3.6-liter V6 engine, and the car handles very well.  The Enclave has a 6 speed manual transmission as standard, which some reviewers say is sluggish to downshift.  Although the 288 horsepower seems to be adequate enough drivers would like a more powerful option.  Fuel economy can prove to be a problem if you are doing high mileage as the Enclave does only 17 mpg in the city and 24 highway.  In saying that, the fuel ratings are probably average for an SUV of this type.

Having a long wide body does make the vehicle more difficult to manoeuvre in small spaces, but when on the road it is surprisingly stable and agile.  The Buick Enclave can almost tow its own weight, the car weighs 5,000 pounds and has a towing capability of 4,500.  For some extra cash you can purchase the four-wheel drive model, which is even better in the handling department.  Whether you are driving in wet or dry weather the 4WD adjusts to throttle position and road speed.

Inside the Enclave has a simple and very usable dash, which are surrounded by just the right amount of chrome and wood.  The soft leather stitched seats are designed to compliment the dash, and the seats are very comfortable.  For an additional $960 there is the option of the USB jack for a Bose stereo.  If you fold down the second and third row of seating you can have a massive  115.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

Safety features consist of OnStar Automatic Crash Response and Roadside Assistance, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, passenger and driver airbags, StabiliTrak Traction Control System, and more.  There are many more add on extras, but they will cost you a small fortune to add them.  All in all the 2010 Buick Enclave is a great family SUV, but it comes with a high price tag.  Starting at $35, 202 it is one of the most expensive vehicles of its type.  The lack of fuel economy and high price is the only drawback to this otherwise perfect SUV.

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