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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
frontal crash test...suggests a 10 percent or less chance of serious injury
brakes are smooth and powerful
comprehensive list of standard safety equipment
The 2008 Buick Enclave has a complete roster of standard safety gear, and it scores well in federal crash tests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scores the Buick Enclave at five stars for front and side impact protection, while giving the big crossover four stars for rollover resistance.
Cars.com reports that Buick includes anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability system in the Enclave’s package of standard equipment, along with six airbags. Car and Driver reports that in addition to the passive safety feature, GM has also used "high-strength steel for protection" of occupants.
All-wheel drive is offered on the Enclave. According to Kelley Blue Book, the AWD option is "engineered to enhance traction in the more realistic conditions of wet or snowy roads," but is not appropriate for hardcore off-roading.
The 2008 Buick Enclave sits at the top of its class for occupant safety.