Warmer weather approaches and brings with it the need to get out in the world and explore. Camping trips, vacations to the beach and journeys to see the relatives, are all being planned and prepared for. When trying to make a family trip it is important to have the right vehicle. With unsurpassed levels of comfort and safety, class-leading fuel economy and seating for up to eight, the 2012 Buick Enclave is the perfect companion for the road. After analyzing 60 Enclave reviews and test drives, U.S. News Rankings and Reviews placed the 2012 Enclave on its “Best Cars for Families” list and named it the number one “Affordable Midsize SUV” out of 23 competitors from the likes of Honda, Toyota, Jeep, Mazda and Ford and others.
With a fluid shape and lots of curved surfaces, the Buick Enclave (MSRP $36,350) strikes a handsome profile. The Enclave is available with Convenience, Leather and Premium Equipment Groups, so you can have your Enclave exactly the way you want it, while classic Buick design elements like the waterfall grille and chrome portholes remind others you are driving a true luxury machine.
With first-class seating for seven or eight, there is plenty of space to haul both people and gear. The SmartSlide system allows easy access to the third row with the pull of one handle, so everyone can get in and out quickly and easily. An available rear-seat DVD system will keep everyone entertained on the drive there. The system also comes with wireless headphones, so front passengers can instead listen to their own entertainment choices on the available Bose premium audio system.
The Enclave has all the room you and your family will need. Even with all three rows of seating occupied, the Enclave has a cargo volume of 24.1 cubic feet. That is more cargo space than the 2012 Toyota Sequoia’s 18.9 cubic feet and the Dodge Durango Citadel’s 17.2 cubic feet. With both second and third rows folded, the Enclave has 115.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
The active Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system available in the otherwise front-wheel drive Enclave constantly monitors the traction of all four wheels and automatically kicks in when needed to maintain maximum grip regardless of terrain or weather. The standard 3.6-liter Variable Valve Timing V6 features Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) and provides 288 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque through an efficient, smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Enclave offers a standard 2,000 pound towing capacity; when equipped with the Trailering Provision Package––which includes a heavy-duty engine cooling system, trailer hitch and 17-inch compact aluminum spare wheel––towing capacity increases to up to 4,500 pounds.
An EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway––the best highway economy of any eight-passenger crossover––and a 22-gallon fuel tank mean you can go farther without stopping and spend less on the way. To keep things peaceful, the Enclave is equipped with Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning® technology. QuietTuning is an engineering process designed to block and absorb unwanted noise and keep it out of the cabin. Available heated and cooled leather seating (standard with the Premium Equipment Group) offer luxurious driver and front passenger comfort. The Enclave’s aerodynamic shape, stiff structure and purpose-built, four-wheel independent Premium Ride suspension give it a carlike driving experience.
A 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” the Buick Enclave offers a comprehensive approach to occupant safety that starts with an “all-around” airbag system that includes front, front side-impact and outboard side-curtain airbags for all rows for rollover protection. An enhanced structure absorbs crash energy and provides a “safety cage” around passengers in the event of a collision. Four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control help to reduce the risk of an unfortunate accident to begin with. There is also a system designed to prevent unintended acceleration by cutting engine power if both the brake and accelerator are pressed simultaneously. The Enclave earned a “5-Star” overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a score more difficult to achieve since the standards were toughened for the 2011 model year.
After an accident has occurred, the standard OnStar system with its Advanced Crash Response can notify emergency responders of your location and crash severity, even if passengers are unable to communicate. The OnStar system also many other emergency assistance and convenience features, including Remote Ignition Block Stolen Vehicle Location and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, to help authorities recover your Enclave if it is stolen, Remote Door Unlock, Hands-Free Calling, a free trial of the Directions and Connections service, Turn-by-Turn Navigation and much more.
As with all Buick models the Enclave comes standard with a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty, a four-year/50,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile Roadside Assistance Program.
Whether driving to the local grocery store or making a trek from California to Florida, the 2012 Buick Enclave is a capable, luxurious, safe and reliable travel partner. Come in today and see how comfortable an Enclave can make you and your family.