The 2012 Buick Enclave shares its underlying architecture with the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. It comes powered by a 3.6L V6, which makes 288 horsepower and has the responsiveness of a small V8, thanks to variable valve timing. The Enclave's good for an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway on regular gas. The only available transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Buyers have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with either the base, Convenience, Leather and Premium trim.
Although carrying passengers is the Enclave's forte, it can tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped, and the transmission has automatic grade braking to maintain control. The Enclave's intelligent all-wheel drive system is especially well-suited for driving in deep snow and on steep, icy driveways, as it works with the stability control system to send more power smoothly to the rear wheels when needed.
The Enclave is one of the new generation of more car-like crossover SUVs, but it combines some of the best attributes of cars and trucks, with a 4-wheel independent suspension combining MacPherson struts in front, an H-arm setup in back along with fluid-filled bushings to help isolate road harshness.
With a standard third-row seat and room for up to eight, the interior makes the most of the Enclave's available space, and passengers will likely be comfortable no matter where they sit. Second-row captain's chairs are standard across the trims, but a second-row split-folding bench is available and fits three across. Even the rearmost row, with a Smart Slide feature allowing easier entry/exit, has ample space for adults.
The Enclave is among the best-performing vehicles in its class in crash tests from the federal government and the insurance-funded IIHS, and comes with StabiliTrak stability control with rollover mitigation technology, plus anti-lock brakes and a total of six airbags standard.
The entry-level base trim comes with many typical luxury-brand features, such as HID xenon projector headlamps, fog lamps, heated mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control and steering wheel audio controls, with a 6-speaker sound system and XM Satellite Radio compatibility. Convenience and Leather models upgrade to heated power seats, memory seat settings and showier 19-inch machined aluminum wheels, while Premium adds an auxiliary power outlet, rear audio controls, a premium sound system, cooled front seats and power folding mirrors.
Even considering the extensive standard equipment, there's a very long list of options to choose from. They include a sunroof, 20-inch chromed wheels, trailer-towing package, a cargo net and chrome package. There are also several entertainment packages that bring 10-speaker Bose sound as well as a navigation system, backup camera and rear DVD entertainment system. Each of those packages includes an AC household-type outlet.
Smooth, Responsive Powertrain
For 2012, the Enclave gets a trim name reworking. The SUV now comes in Convenience, Leather and Premium trim levels, but the equipment list is similar to last year's.
One of the Enclave's strengths is that it's sized closer to a mid-size SUV, yet its interior makes excellent use of the space so that it can accommodate up to eight passengers, rivaling some full-size SUVs. Factor in a controlled ride and crisp, car-like handling, an extensive list of standard features and top-notch safety and the Enclave is an alternative family-mover that deserves a look.
Driver Confidence Package includes (BTV) remote vehicle starter system, (UD7) Ultrasonic rear parking assist and (UVC) rearview camera system
Engine, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 with SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection), DOHC (288 hp [214.7 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque [364.5 N-m] @ 3400 rpm)
Transmission, 6-speed automatic
Axle, 3.16 ratio
Front wheel drive
Alternator, 170 amps
Trailering provisions, 2000 lbs. (907 kg)
GVWR, 6411 lbs. (2908 kg)
Suspension, Premium Ride, 4-wheel independent
Steering, power, variable effort
Exhaust, dual with bright chromed tips
Wheels, 4-19" x 7.5" (48.3 cm x 19.1 cm) fifteen-spoke machined aluminum
Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel and tire (Not available or included with (V92) Trailering Provision Package.)
Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, chromed
Headlamps, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon, projector lamps hi/low bi-functional with blue tint lenses and chromed bezels
Headlamp control, automatic on and off
Fog lamps, front, halogen, with projector technology
Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted, rear-side, quarter panel and liftgate
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
Liftgate, rear power
Audio system AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, speed-compensated volume, Radio Data System (RDS), Theftlock, auxiliary audio jack which enables plug/play connection of all auxiliary audio players, and 6-speakers
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C. Replaced by (UBS) NavTraffic when (UUM) Audio system with Navigation or (U4H) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment are ordered.)
Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Inerface)
QuietTuning Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
Seating, 7-passenger second-row captain's chairs, flat folding and SmartSlide access to third row, third row flat folding 60/40 split bench (Inboard armrest not included when (DK1) second row center console is ordered.)
Perforated Leather Seating Surface
Seats, heated driver and front passenger
Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power with power recline and lumbar control and memory
Seat adjuster, 4-way power front passenger (fore-aft and recline), power lumbar
Memory settings, memory "presets" for 2 drivers, with 8-way power driver seat includes easy exit driver seat, power outside mirrors, and power tilt and telescopic steering column (if equipped)
Floor mats, front and rear auxiliary, covering (Floormats first, second and third row.)
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with Mahogany wood accents
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls and cruise controls
Instrumentation includes Driver Information Center, tachometer, speedometer, fuel, coolant temperature, battery, gear selector, outside air temperature and compass display (Digital compass display moves to navigation screen with (UUM) Audio system with Navigation and (U4H) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment and Navigation.)
Instrumentation, engine oil life monitor
Windows, power with driver Express-Up and -Down features, passenger Express-Down feature
Door locks, power programmable
Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
Remote Keyless Entry, with no remote start provision
Remote vehicle start system
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer with content theft alarm
Air conditioning, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right front passenger and rear seat occupants
Defogger, rear-window electric
Glovebox, locking, passenger-side of instrument panel
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Traction control, full-range
StabiliTrak Stability Control System with roll over mitigation
Daytime Running Lamps, includes automatic exterior lamp control
Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger and side curtain for first, second and third row outboard passengers with Passenger Sensing System and roll over protection (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
Automatic Crash Response
Stolen Vehicle Assistance
OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning
Rearview camera system, integrated into rearview mirror (Integrated into navigation display if (UUM) Audio system with Navigation or (U4H) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment and Navigation are ordered.)