When the Buick Enclave concept hit the Detroit Auto Show in 2006, the roomy CUV was very well received, but past experiences left both the media and public skeptical. Many felt that the stunning looks and luxury amenities of the Enclave would never make it to the dealer lot, and in the end there would be a lot of compromises made to keep costs down. As it turns out, the General pulled a fast one, and the exterior and much of the interior of the classy concept hit production intact. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz kept saying that Buick could compete with Lexus in terms of quality and refinement, and the Enclave shows that blogger Bob isn’t just blowing smoke. We’ve been eagerly awaiting a crack at the Enclave in the Autoblog garage, and now we’ve finally got our chance. Read on for our impressions from our week-long test.
On the road, the Enclave has a commanding presence. Buick’s CUV is Tahoe-like in both width and length, and the Enclave’s monstrous chrome grille looms large in many a rear-view mirror. While the Enclave shares its underpinnings with both the Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia, the Buick gets by far the most distinctive sheetmetal. Elegant, flowing lines are accented with tasteful chrome trim on the bodywork and around the headlights and taillights. The aforementioned grille and optional 19″ wheels get an extra helping of the stuff, and give the Escalade a run for its money in the bling department. The size of the tires on the Enclave are massive, even when compared with other CUVs and even some larger pickups.
Few large vehicles we’ve driven have garnered more positive comments than the Enclave, and one passer-by actually asked if he could sit in the back seat to test out the captain’s chairs. Once inside, the appreciation of the large CUV grows. The driver’s seat is so roomy, it took us a couple days to get used to our newfound freedom. Comfortable and supportive, the front seats provided ample cushioning for a long trip up north. Thanks to its lower ride height, getting in and out of the Enclave is a bit easier than in most truck-based SUVs. The steering wheel on our CXL (the L stands for leather) mixed thick leather with wood, and large, easy-to-use redundant controls were well-placed and easily accessible. The only problem we had with the controls was that we hit the tuner button on three separate occasions when making large turns, which changed the channel on the radio.
The Buick Enclave starts at $32,790 for the CX, and $34,990 for the CXL. Our tester was $37,780, and it included the upgraded sound system and 19′ wheels. Overall, the Enclave is an excellent CUV that combines many luxury appointments with the roominess and flexibility found in thirstier SUVs. The 21.5mpg we achieved during our tenure with the Enclave blew us away, especially when considering the amount of city driving we did with a car full of people. GM has done some of its best work with the Enclave, and judging by the reactions others had to our test vehicle, the General will be rewarded with increased sales volume as time rolls by. $37,780Tags: 2006 buick enclave, 2007 tahoe captains chairs, 2008 buick enclave cxl, 2008 buick enclave pictures, a5 audi kombi, a5 break, a5 kombi, a5 sedan, a5 sportback combi, a5 sportback tuning, a5 variant, a5 wagon, antonio jimenez, audi a 5 combi, audi a 5 kombi, audi a 5 model break, audi a5 2006 kombi, audi a5 avant, audi a5 brea, audi a5 break, audi a5 break noir, audi a5 break#i=21, audi a5 brec, audi a5 combi, audi a5 combie, audi a5 kombi, audi a5 kombi schwarz, audi a5 sportback, audi a5 sportback break, audi a5 sportback tuning, audi a5 variant, audi a5 variant valor, audi a5 wagon, audi a5combi, audi break a5, audi combi, audi kombi a5, audia5combi, audio a5 break, audio a5 wagon, audis a5 break, autoblog, bentrac, black eyed peas - time (the dirty bit), the, buick enclave 06, buick enclave 2006, chloride, doss c, estrofem, gmc acadia the nelly insides, hyperchylomicronemia, isopto carpine opht, john ott, kaptiki weve, lactarius terminosus, Lexus, muzeum, nasacort, nelly - just a dream, nicest car of all time, nissan march 2011bodykits, pancolitis, solu medrol, tbn:and9gcrzyi_4ysanqjuvrb6hp-d9ygbaw9f1pzwl-sqkbnixoghox-ynq0o9lioj, umecta, we mist ii, бьюик, бьюик enclave фото, картики, картики 25#i=8, Король и Шут, Пропаганда, Ранетки