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2012 Buick Enclave

The 2012 Buick Enclave is Buick’s first luxury crossover. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, brings us a closer look.

Model – 2012 Buick Enclave

MPG – 17 city/ 24 hwy mpg.
Engine – 3.6L, V-6 288 hp.
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Price – $36,350 4cyl; $42,250 V-6
Test vehicle: $50,985
Crash Test Rating: 5 star
Warranty: 3 year / 36,000 miles
Built: Lansing, MI- 76% American parts

The 2012 Buick Enclave offers best-in-class fuel efficiency ratings, a quiet ride, more interior space and third row seating.

Standard features include:

•OnStar with turn-by-turn, voice guided navigation
•XM Satellite radio
•Side/Curtain airbags
•Stability and traction control
•Power lift gate
•19″ wheels

My test drive to New York City showcased the Enclave’s well-equipped, smooth ride, including a Bose premium 5.1 surround system with 10-speakers and DVD rear-entertainment with wireless headsets. All this luxury rode on 20″ chrome wheels to make the Enclave a stylish family ride.

The OnStar remote link mobile app was fantastic. You can lock/unlock the doors, start the car, send directions to your car from the phone, and search real-time traffic, gas prices, tire pressure and more.

Competes with:

•Acura MDX
•Lexus RX350
•Volvo XC90
•Audi Q5

Likes:

•Outstanding fuel economy
•Power sunroof with 2nd row skylight
•Comfortable ride
•Classy design both inside and out
•OnStar mobile app and service

Dislikes:

•Underpowered engine
•No heated steering wheel
•Pricier than competitors
•Seats need to be 8 or 10-ways adjustable

The 2012 Buick Enclave is an impressive luxury crossover. It’s loaded with the latest technology and guaranteed to provide a smooth ride, responsive handling, and lots of cargo capability.

Courtesy of Time Warner Cable/ YNN
Aired: 6/21/2012

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