2010 Buick Enclave Performance

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The 2010 Buick Enclave rides smoothly and handles well, but some reviewers want more performance out of the powertrain.

The Buick Enclave features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, producing 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque; it has direct injection and runs on regular gasoline. And impressively, 90 percent of the engine's peak torque is available from 2,500 rpm to more than 6,000 rpm. The Enclave takes only 8 seconds to accelerate up to 60 mph, which it deemed "adequate" for its size and mission. Cars.com said that drivers won't likely confuse the V-6 for a more powerful V-8 engine normally found in crossovers of its size, but noted that the power would be suitable for people when called upon. BusinessWeek wasn't as optimistic, noting that in several tests they had difficulty replicating the same acceleration figures that others have observed.

The 2010 Buick Enclave handles and rides comfortably, but powertrain response and fuel economy are unremarkable.

The 2010 Buick Enclave is paired with a 6-speed automatic that smoothly shifted between gears, but found that it hunted for the right gear in certain circumstances. Motor Trend further observed that the 6-speed may be overmatched when trying to accelerate up hills, through tight turns, or when entering busy interstates. Edmunds took turns praising the 6-speed's quality while cruising, but added that the Enclave was eager to upshift, likely to achieve better fuel economy.

In fitting with Buick's long-held reputation, the Enclave is a smooth operator at freeway speeds. According to Motor Trend, "The Enclave's ride is isolated, comfortable but with moderate roll." They also conclude that the Enclave handles well "for a large, comfortable crossover utility," but the lack of steering feel and "poor feedback, especially on-center," is a source of disappointment.

Fuel consumption for the 2010 Buick Enclave differs depending on whether measuring front- or all-wheel drive, but the difference in fuel consumption is marginal at best, and on top of this fuel-economy ratings seem to be a bit optimistic, as TheCarConnection.com's editors also observe. The AWD version gets slightly lower mileage on the highway, according to Cars.com, at 22 mpg, but the city figures for both models—as well as the overall average, according to Edmunds—is around 16 mpg.

The 2010 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.

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