2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test


2008 Buick Enclave CX: This is the Best Vehicle GM Makes

January 16, 2008

We've had our Buick Enclave for months now, but I've only recently had the chance to get some seat time. Between my limited need for seven-passenger seating and the fact that it's a Buick, I had pretty much avoided the big crossover.

Turns out, I had no reason to fear the big brute. In fact, I was missing out... The Enclave is not only the best Buick in the lineup, it's probably the best overall vehicle GM makes. And it's not because of all the new features or the monstrous interior. This Buick is impressive because it gets all the small things right.

The V6 is not only strong and quiet, it's refined at full throttle. The steering isn't overboosted and the suspension is well tuned. The windows are one touch on the way up and down, and even the cloth seats are nicely shaped and comfortable. Nothing in the interior screams cheap and the doors shut with a solid thud. It all sounds so basic, so obvious, but this is the kind of stuff GM has been getting wrong for years.

And with that, I will no longer avoid the Buick. See GM, it's just that easy.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 9,510

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