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Shopping for a new Buick Enclave?
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The Enclave's navigation option, with its touch screen LCD, is very solid.
Add all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels, and you’re in the mid-$50,000 range
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two-way advanced remote-start system that'll let you check such things as security status and whether any doors are unlocked from afa
The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, but doesn't complicate their use.
At first glance, the Enclave probably won't look like a very strong value; that's because while the base Enclave starts in the mid-thirties, the more luxurious and desirable Enclave CXL2 can approach $50k. In line with more prestigious models like the Lincoln MKT, Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350, and even the Volvo XC90, that's not cheap.
But the 2011 Buick Enclave is equipped just as well as those other models, if not better, so it's worth considering that if you just want a well-equipped family wagon—and you might be just fine with the standard equipment. Even the base model of the Enclave comes with a few features, such as a power liftgate, that are usually optional or limited to top trims.
In any of its trims, the Buick Enclave comes very well equipped, though the range-topping CXL trims pile on a level of luxury and tech features that might be surprising to see in a Buick. And at the top end, the 2011 Buick Enclave can be ordered with a number of features, such as a ten-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, three-zone climate control, a power rear liftgate, a head-up display (HUD), GPS, a two-panel sunroof, and backseat DVD entertainment system. A 19-inch wheel/tire package is available and looks sharp, and new for 2010 is a 20-inch chrome-clad wheel package. Be sure you test drive a model so equipped before you buy, as the ride quality suffers a bit.
Other available features include heated and cooled driver and front-passenger seats, Bluetooth for a hands-free phone interface, XM NavTraffic, and OnStar Destination Download; all models now include a USB interface.
There can definitely be some sticker shock with the 2011 Buick Enclave. But keep the options down and you could have one of the better bargains in this class.