My Eyes! My Eyes! - 2008 Buick Enclave Long-Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave CX: My Eyes! My Eyes!

April 21, 2008

Our long-term Buick Enclave took my family of three on a 200-mile round trip jaunt to the Antelope Valley to catc h the peak of the California poppy/wildflower season this bright and sunny weekend. However, the ride was comfortable, the navigation system got us there without a hitch and the toddler-loading was quick and easy. However, we suffered frequent temporary blindness because of the very pretty but impossibly shiny chrome trim that's all over the instrument and gear panels. It was like actual solar flares combined with George Hamilton's teeth (and/or forehead) times 1 million, and I'm not exaggerating.

Fortunately for you, the photos don't really do the trim's cornea-searing abilities justice.It was so bad that we resorted to covering up every exposed piece of chrome with pieces of our daughter's clothing that she wasn't wearing. (FYI: The arm hole in a kid's polar fleece vest affords easy gearshift access while shielding you from trim glare.)

Eyeball pain aside, we enjoyed our trip in the Enclave. Windy conditions at the poppy reserve forced us to picnic in the cargo area with the third-row bench down and the rear hatch up, which was quite accommodating for two sub-5'10 adults, one sub-3' child and all of our food. The ride was smooth, the seats were supportive and the auxiliary jack was easily accessible. But like a hang-nail on your pinky finger,itjust kept coming back to that shiny dash trim: pretty in the showroom, painful on the road. Not sure how I'd cope if I lived with this car every day, especially in sun-prone SoCal.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, @ 16,393 miles

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