Anyone looking for proof of the Buick brand's renaissance need look no further than the impressive Total Car Score earned by the 2012 Buick Enclave.
Among the Enclave's high points are its stylish design, spacious and upscale seven-passenger interior with an uncommonly adult-friendly third-row seat, and solid crash test scores. A smooth ride and hushed noise levels greatly enhance the passenger cabin's luxurious atmosphere.
While this large crossover is not unpleasant to drive, its size does limit it maneuverability somewhat. Visibility is likewise a bit limited to the rear, making the available rearview camera a wise investment.
The 2012 Buick Enclave returns essentially unchanged, and a substantially revised version is at least a couple of model years away.
The 2012 Buick Enclave is a large crossover with seating for seven or eight passengers. There are four available trim levels, including base, Convenience, Leather and Premium.
Under the hood of all four versions is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while an all-wheel drive system is available as an option.
Entry-level models come with a long list of desirable standard features, including 19-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless entry, three-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, second-row captains chairs, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, OnStar and a CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and six speakers.
Moving up to the Convenience trim level gets you a rearview camera, rear parking assist and remote start. The Leather model adds leather upholstery, heated power front seats and memory settings for the driver's seat. The top-of-the-line Premium trim is loaded with 19-inch chromed alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, heated and ventilated front seats and a premium Bose audio system with 10 speakers. Major options include 20-inch chrome alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a second-row bench seat that boosts seating capacity to eight, plus a navigation system, rear seat video entertainment system and the premium Bose audio system.
The 2012 Buick Enclave returns EPA fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 16/22/18 with all-wheel drive.
Properly equipped, the 2012 Buick Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
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