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2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test

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2008 Buick Enclave: Blue Light Special

December 05, 2007

HID Xenon headlamps are standard on the base Enclave CX

I flipped on the lights of our 2008 Buick Enclave CX just before I began an evening trip back to Los Angeles from Pahrump, Nevada.

"The Enclave has HID headlamps?" shouted a colleague who was standing just in front.

Yep. Even the entry-level CX comes standard with HID Xenon headlamps...

And they've got these blue plastic rings around the projector beam bulbs that throw offtoothpaste-blue halos.

They got a real workout on the 100-odd miles from Pahrump, Nevadato Shoshone to Baker, California, a narrow desert two-lane with no paved shoulderon which I saw less than a dozen other cars. It was dark. I was driving... fast enough. I had no problem seeing a long ways off and to the sides.

An added bonus was the fuel economy I achieved. At a pace that was far from economical, the Enclave went 400.1 miles on 19. 2 gallons of unleaded. That's 21 mpg andthat tankincluded a bit of notorious Las Vegas city traffic. At a more relaxed cruising pace, the 24 mpg highway rating for our FWD Enclave seems attainable. And the resultant 450 mile range will be more than a match for the bladders of my Oregon co-conspirators.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,328 miles

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