It tells you something about the life of the Buick Enclave, when this vehicle, one of his two brothers was a corporate Saturn (perspective) was introduced. The Saturn soon disappeared, and now three General Motors crossover trio lines is in the enclave, the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia (successor of the latter has been shown). All this is a reminder that the enclave is now in its ninth year, which came in 2007 and 2008. This is the old model, taking into account the life cycle of the typical industry product is six years.
Blaming the failure of GM for the extended stay in the enclave. When the company reached financial skates and development money products was narrow, the replacement of the enclave was one of the programs that have been delayed, the thinking being that crosses three business lines were competitive enough that the replace them was not a priority. That thought was essentially correct.
Well-designed when it came, the enclave has remained much more competitive than expected. We should note that the enclave has a little more powerful V-6 direct injection for 2009, which is 3.6 liters remains under the hood, where 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft behind twist. The model has a fluff-and-yellow generally three years, including style settings, interior revisions, additional security features and more technology does. For 2016, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi access point is standard, and now there is a problem of Tuscany that has some bronze tone outer edge.
With a long wheelbase and the elongated cabin are made to pack people with children, the enclave is greater than most luxury brands competitors like the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Audi Q7. Reflecting the third row of seats standard is one of the best you will find, with a pad that is above the ground and decent head and knee room. Row two second individual cubes, as in our test car, or a bank of three is just average, however. The second row seats are on the low side, giving adults feel knees-to-chest uncomfortable. There is a basement reasonable cargo behind the rear seats (23 cubic feet), and with all seats folded, the volume of maximum load is 115 truly huge cubic-feet.
With size, however, it is the weight and the enclave is certainly filled figures. Our load test example on all wheels crushed the scales for a sum of 5069 pounds. This is considerably heavier than the flyweight MDX (4257 lbs) or Honda Pilot (4302 lbs) and Toyota Highlander (4578) and Volvo XC90 (4733). Not that the enclave is alone in two tons and club half to 4939 pounds, the Ford Explorer Sport is not far away, while the Dodge Durango V-6 (5159) and the new 3.0T Audi Q7 (5080) they are also at the top of that mark.
But where the Q7, in particular, seems to defy their weight, running to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds and earn EPA ratings of 18 mpg city and 27 highway, mass tips the scales performance far Enclave. The Buick shuffled to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds on our test, slower than all three rows above crosses. And its fuel economy numbers of 16 city and 22 highway (17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive) sit next to a much faster sport Explorer at the bottom of the class.
And yet, there is good news behind the wheel, too. As has been from the beginning, the enclave is a cruise. With its 2013 update, the enclave has dual dampers flow, which combined with the chassis tuning on the business in recent years a strong point of General Motors-pays dividends in ride and handling. Even in larger wheels, 20 inches in our test car (19s are standard), the ride quality was very good; no hard impact and blows were more felt ears. At the same time, this great vehicle reacts competent and predictable cornering, with less body roll than you might expect. Too bad the management is overboosted and no effort is generated as the most block wind; best direction to go a long way to increase driver confidence.
Prices see the enclave against competitors, both conventional and some luxury brands. All are likely to offer more extensive lists of available equipment. Of course, having to take remote control of your pocket to open the door, or insert a key into the ignition to start the car is not exactly a hardship, but the technology is an area where the enclave shows its age in relation to the new competitors. fuel economy and acceleration are two others. The Buick remains a comprehensive package, and its ride, handling and peace do not need excuses. While the Buick looks like a bus rather nice family when we are witnessing, which has lagged behind its latest competitors. That’s not surprising, really nine years is a long time, and is not an island enclave.