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2008 Buick Enclave

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2008 Buick Enclave Review

Classy with a sporty edge, it shows off a sleek body while allowing plenty of room for occupants and cargo.

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Overview

The 2008 Buick Enclave is an all-new crossover SUV from GM, with top-of-the line features, such as rear backup cameras, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and added noise insulation—components not previously seen in competitors, such as the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. The Enclave offers a nice design with a rounded body and well-proportioned, three-row seating. Available SUV models include the basic CX and the grander CXL.

The Buick Enclave breaks off from GM’s usual truck-based handouts. The Enclave promotes better gas mileage with its 3.6-liter, V-6 engine and contemporary six-speed automatic transmission.

For the practical family looking for an opulent crossover SUV without the hassle of a minivan, the Buick family promotes the Enclave as the car to choose, competing with the likes of the Acura MDX and the Volvo XC90. Buyers should use the opportunity to get their hands on a nice car without saying goodbye to their cash.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Buick Enclave CX, Buick Enclave CXL

What's New

The 2008 Buick Enclave debuts as a large, crossover SUV with a fresh model. Its capability of seating up to eight passengers, plus the inner wood detailing embedded throughout, causes some consumers to compare the interior to that of a private jet. With the CX and CXL models, families everywhere deem the Enclave’s price affordable.

Exterior

This 2008 crossover flaunts a lustrous and lavish design that includes a slick body flow, while incorporating the roomy interior necessary for a family SUV. With such expertise, the Enclave advertises its heated side mirrors with turn indicators and trimmed, circular, bi-xenon, HID headlights. The vehicle also retains louvered gills and a waterfall grille over the front fenders, taking on the characteristics of its past Buick relatives. The CX rests on top of 18-inch alloy wheels, while the CXL sports 19-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The Enclave’s classy exterior design continues inside, with its private-jet inspired arrangement. The luxurious wood-grain detailing, the calm bending of the dash, and the plush seating and expert stitching of the leather makes the resemblance obvious. Other nice touches include the aqua-blue instrumentation, the Tiffany-style analog clock, and the optional sunroof. The wealthy-looking, wood-speckled trim and cloth cushioning come standard in all Enclaves, with leather built-ins on the CXL.

The SUV’s sufficient area in the rear makes the third row quite accessible, since the second-row seats tilt and slide away at the simple pull of a handle. The 19 cubic feet of practical space behind the third-row seat proves useful, and with the fold of its 60/40 sections straight to the ground, one can acquire almost 68 cubic feet of storage space. The Buick Enclave then offers 116 cubic feet of space with the second row of seats folded.

Performance & Handling

The Enclave’s V-6 engine provides sufficient power in all types of situations. The six-speed automatic transmission changes effortlessly, but since it maximizes fuel economy, it can lead to discouraging downshifts. However, for the more daring driver, a manual-shift button on the shift lever combats this issue.

The crossover delivers predictably smooth sailing with the proficient handling characteristic of a Buick. Some drivers, however, might discover the bigger wheels of the CXL produce firm handling for those not used to Buicks.

With both front and all-wheel drive featured in the CX and CXL, the standard 3.6-liter, V-6 power source produces 275 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. With a standard six-speed automatic transmission, the new Enclave has the capacity to tow up to 4500 when appropriately equipped.

Safety

The 2008 Buick Enclave earns five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s frontal crash test. It comes standard with front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock disc brakes, an engine immobilizer, stability control with anti-rollover logic, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, and dusk-sensing headlights. The rear parking sensors remain optional, but cars with the navigation system automatically receive a rear-view camera.

EPA Fuel Economy

Buick Enclave: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High-quality and luxurious interior
  • Roomy front and second-row seats
  • Ample cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Climate control buttons positioned too low
  • Low seat cushions in the second row
  • Small third row

Sum Up

Classy with a sporty edge, it shows off a sleek body while allowing plenty of room for occupants and cargo.

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