The Car Coach: The 2012 Buick Enclave
The 2012 Buick Enclave is Buick’s first luxury crossover. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, brings us a closer look.
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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
•Stability and traction control
•Power lift gate
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.
•Outstanding fuel economy
•Power sunroof with 2nd row skylight
•Classy design both inside and out
•OnStar mobile app and service
•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.