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2009 Buick Enclave CX Review


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A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Buick Enclave CX

In short: A roomy and comfortable luxury crossover.

raced with fluid lines, the 2009 Buick Enclave is a sumptuous, stylish and spacious crossover, ideal for people looking to drive a verifiable people mover without sacrificing creature comforts. This competitively priced automobile (largely unchanged from the debut 2008 model) is available with either a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive, sharing its basic design with the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. On the asphalt, the quiet and smooth-driving Enclave, boasting a 3.6-liter V6 engine, all-wheel independent suspension and electronic stability control system, operates more like a sedan than an SUV.

Don’t be fooled by its road manners, however, this Buick is definitely large. The vehicle’s cabin provides up to 116 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third row seats folded, and there is seating for up to eight people—our CX test vehicle came with the available second and third row split bench seat, replacing the standard second-row captain’s chairs. Our tester also came with a power liftgate, heated outside mirrors with turn signals, cloth seats, power-adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and wood accents, power steering with variable assist, and Bluetooth interface. If you're looking for even more amenities, the Enclave's options include a rearview camera system, ultrasonic rear parking assist, remote start, and heated and cooled front seats.

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance.

Base Price: $34,130 / As tested: $35,415

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 8-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6 with variable-valve timing and direct injection
Horsepower: 288 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shift control

Curb weight:
4,780 lbs
Wheelbase: 119 in
Length/Width/Height: 201.5/79/72.5 in
Turning circle: 40.4 ft

all-wheel ventilated disc with ABS
Suspension: coil-over with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and full-perimeter isolated cradle in front; linked H-arm independent with coil springs and twin tube shock absorbers mounted on an isolated sub-frame in rear

Traction: StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control

0-60 mph:
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Smog Index:

frontal airbags; rollover-capable head curtain side airbags; front side-impact airbags; tire pressure monitoring system; daytime running lights; OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation


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PSV041309 (Updated 04/15/09 SV)