The 2012 Buick Enclave sets distinction from the lines of modern midsize SUVs that are mostly made to excite than provide smooth rides. The vehicle does not impress too much in the handling and acceleration department, but reviews are all praises on the comfort and ample space it provides.
Admittedly, the Enclave is relatively not nimble on the road. But the luxurious and welcoming interior is undoubtedly remarkable. During its launch, the 2012 Buick Enclave surprised many spectators with its quiet and refined interior that used to be seen only on hefty expensive SUVs. For an economical ride, it was with great pride that manufacturers received the highest praise when the upscale interior was compared to that of Lexus RX 350.
In many articles published by automotive writers, this ride was revered for being the top choice for fuel-efficient and economic but expensive-looking ride. In fact, several reviews have included it in the list of 2012 Best Three Row Midsize SUV for Families. Thanks to its spacious interior and unsullied safety features, the Enclave became the top suggestion in hauling families and transporting large group of passengers.
Despite the impressive interiors and cargo space, the 2012 Buick Enclave still became the subject of major whinges especially when the performance of the engine is emphasized. True enough, this SUV can accommodate up to eight passengers with smooth handling to boot, but the car is more inclined to give relaxation than thrill.
The engine of the Enclave is a 3.6 liter V6 that can produce 288 horsepower. The base model is equipped with six speed automatic transmission with standard front wheel drive. Available trims may have optional all-wheel drive that can enhance the handling of the car. Front-wheel drive gets 17/24 mpg on city while the optional all-wheel upgrade on the trims gets 16/22 mpg.
Compared to other SUVs in the market, the Enclave doesn’t have adrenaline-inducing speed. But the engine serves efficiently amidst many situations and promises to be able to tow up to 4,500 pounds. The engine may not be enough to make the ride agile, but the power produced is ample to make the handling and acceleration of the car more amiable. Thus, recent reviews published online still give a competitive 8.0 rating for the performance of the 2012 Buick Enclave.
This humble ride has also been applauded for earning high safety ratings. Enclave’s 2012 version is even more impressive in this aspect with the standard hill-hold and an enhanced brake override system – a technology responsible in cutting power to the engine when drivers step on the gas and brake pedals are stepped on at the same time.
2012 Buick Enclave can be availed in four trims: base, convenience, leather, and premium. Each trim can have optional upgrades like the all-wheel drive, but the number of choices is not vast.
Then again, no matter how the 2012 Buick Enclave lags behind in revving up rides on the road, it makes up in safety with its four out of five stars earned from fool-proof protection in frontal crash and rollover protection.