The 2009 Buick Enclave gets high scores in federal crash tests and features an arsenal of standard safety equipment.
According to Car and Driver, GM uses "high-strength steel for protection" of its occupants, while 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.
Crash-test results for the 2009 Buick Enclave are about the best possible for such a vehicle. Federal testers gave the big crossover five stars for front- and side-impact crash protection, but only four stars for rollover protection—a common score for tall-riding SUVs. The insurance-affiliated IIHS awards its top "good" rating in frontal offset, side-impact, and seat-based rear-impact tests. Altogether from a crash-protection standpoint, that places the Enclave among the best performers.
The 2009 Buick Enclave is available in either front- or all-wheel drive, and 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 hard-core off-roading.