2012 Buick Enclave AWD Premium new car reviews

Buick Enclave: For when you can't be seen in a minivan.
Everything folds down back there, making for a nice, flat load floor.
The steering wheel's grain might be real, but fake wood dashboard trim isn't fooling anyone.

Better than: Acura ZDX
But not as good as: Subaru Tribeca
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 42.87

Minivans are so blue-collar. If you need to transport gaggles of children and still keep up with the Joneses, these unibody utes are the way to go. Buick's offering has all-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection, and a six-speed automatic. Like most vehicles in this segment, you can select your own gears too: The Buick has a rocker button mounted to the PRND selector.

Base price of the Premium group, at $45,080, is nearly $10,000 more than the cheapest Enclave. Our tester tacks another $5680 in options on top of that, which are mostly accounted for in its pleasantly useful touchscreen navigation system bundled with a DVD player for the back half, and a power sunroof with a second-row skylight.

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Alan Cesar FartSmeller69
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It's certainly more useful than a similarly priced and equipped Acura ZDX, but it's much more the Mom-wagon in terms of visual appeal. After driving it, I also noticed it's surprisingly common. This is not a vehicle that will grant you any sort of exclusivity. Unlike a Lexus or two I can name, this Buick's cooled seats work very well.

The fake wood on the dashboard looks extremely cheap, and some of the ergonomics are questionable too. I found it easy to unintentionally set the cruise control because of the location of its buttons.

Driving dynamics? Irrelevant. The manual function on the automatic transmission is no fun to use—it's a squishy toggle switch on the shifter—but it's not as though that matters. It'll be left untouched anyway. It goes, it turns, and it stops when you operate the appropriate lever or wheel. As with all other modern unibody SUVs, it drives just like a car—albeit a heavy, boring one.

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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
12/7/11 8:34 p.m.

Well, it's real fake...

Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Minivans are so blue-collar. If you need to transport gaggles of children and still keep up with the Joneses, these unibody utes are the way to go. Buick's offering has all-wheel drive, a 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection, and a six-speed automatic. Like most vehicles in this segment, you can select your own gears too: The Buick has a rocker button mounted to the PRND selector.

Base price of the Premium group, at $45,080, is nearly $10,000 more than the cheapest Enclave. Our tester tacks another $5680 in options on top of that, which are mostly accounted for in its pleasantly useful touchscreen navigation system bundled with a DVD player for the back half, and a power sunroof with a second-row skylight.

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