Flash Drive: 2009 Buick Enclave CXL
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Buick Enclave is an excellent example of what GM is doing right in terms of making vehicles that people want and that people need. A large vehicle for carrying seven people, the Enclave is a great alternative to a truck-based SUV, with an elegant and classy design, first-class materials and excellent fit and finish, inside and out. One of the things that Buick touts is how quiet the interior is; any noise from the drivetrain or outside is isolated to create a nice, quiet environment. The Enclave is not sloppy or loose to drive, but it is definitely tuned toward ride and comfort. Translated: It's not as crisp or responsive as I would prefer. The front seats feel like comfortable living-room furniture, making it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. But they are cooled, which is cool. There is no way to move a vehicle of this size without burning some gas, so don't expect much in the mpg department. – Mike Meredith
Anyone who still thinks GM can't build a quality, attractive vehicle needs to spend some time in the Buick Enclave. The interior of this good-looking, 3-row crossover is spacious, with easy-to-access seating. Though it doesn't feel too big on the road, the Enclave is a sizable machine, which did pose an issue when I tried to fit it into my garage. On the road, the Enclave runs quietly and smoothly and would be ideal for a family excursion. It won't win any races, but since that's not a typical goal of a crossover buyer, its power is more than adequate. Overall, it's a great family vehicle and a perfect alternative for buyers who want the utility of a minivan but don't want to be seen driving one. – Perry Stern
The Buick Enclave is a very attractive SUV. It's spacious inside, with lots of leg, head and shoulder room for all passengers. Controls are easy to read and use. And passengers in the back seat can watch the optional DVD entertainment TV, or listen to the stereo in surround sound, which is very pleasant. When running errands around town, there is plenty of room for hauling stuff when the seats are folded down. Acceleration is decent for a vehicle of this size, and it achieves 18 mpg in mixed driving. Unfortunately, the Enclave is difficult to park in garages due to its large size. Overall, the Buick Enclave is a strong performer in the large SUV segment. – Joe Chulick