2011 Buick Enclave Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, A new nine-spoke chrome-clad 19-inch aluminum wheel replaces a seven-spoke design, optional on CXL-1 and CLX-2. New paint colors are Cyber Gray Metallic, Dark Ming Blue and Gray Green Metallic. Buick plans to simplify its trim levels, which means the base CX model may soon be discontinued. Meanwhile, a new high-feature Acadia Denali competes with the Enclave in Buick-GMC dealers.
Offered as the first unibody, crossover sport-utility-vehicle is the GM Enclave with a Lambda platform. The Enclave brought about Buick’s reversal of its retiree image and positioned the car beneath the Cadillac divisional hierarchy. The Enclave has the same platform/drivetrain as the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC’s Acadia. It is offered with enhancements made to its standard equipment and its sheet metal construction.
The GM Enclave has ultra-smooth lines, gracious curves, and a sophisticated cabin. All of the latter features ensure the popularity of this vehicle. The CXL grade has become more popular than the carmaker anticipated too. This makes the GM Enclave serious competition for the Lincoln, Volvo, and Acura crossovers. While the average age of a buyer for Buick vehicles is 59-years-old, the Enclave is appealing to a younger market. The latter fact paved the way for novel LaCrosse and Regal sedans to enter the car segment.
After years of attempting modern interpretations of classic early 1950s Buick grilles on concepts and production cars, the Enclave finally got the look right. Enclave’s flowing, graceful lines set the tone for Buick’s design renaissance. While the CX has cloth seats, perforated leather is standard in both CXLs. The Enclave features rich tones and materials, elevating the model’s elegance above many other GM models and some of the Enclave’s competitors.
With added noise cancellation, acoustic-laminated windshield, laminated front door safety glass and triple door seals, Enclave cossets passengers. Its ride is smooth and supple, and handling is pretty good for such a large, plush crossover. Its direct-injection V-6 provides 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and towing capacity is 5300 pounds. Drivers will have trouble reaching EPA fuel economy numbers, however.
StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, a rollover sensing system, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, tire pressure monitoring and traction control are standard on the Enclave. Enclave’s six airbags include two side curtains that cover all three rows.
Bodystyle: Crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Models: CX, CXL-1, CLX-2
EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
AWD: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway