2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test


2008 Buick Enclave: Dual Pane in the Glass

February 14, 2008

Wind noise is well-tamed in our 2008 Buick Enclave. The sleek shape of the body, of course, has a lot to do with it.

Butour Enclave has something a lot of others cars don't: Dual-pane laminated front side glass. This is more expensive than the usual single pane stuff -- expensive, but effective at quelling noise... GM must have found a more-affordable supplier, because they're beginning to use it liberally in products residing at a lower price point than is typical for this material.

And it works. The Enclave's interior is quite a quiet place. Little wind and road noise comes to the driver's ear via the side windows and doors -- this despite largish tires with aggressive-looking, no-I'm-not-a-minivan tread.

Yes, some wind noise can still be heard from the region near the top of the windshield, and all bets are off when luggage is strapped to the roof rack. But all-in-all, the use of this side glass is awelcome decisionthat will directly benefit consumers.

Another bonus isthe greenish tint indicates that this is solar-controlglass as well, another more-expensive material not always found in front-door glass that will benefitoccupants by reducing directsolar radiation and making the A/C more efficient.The Enclave hasn't been with us through a summer yet, but I'm surethat cross-desert summer trips to Vegas will no problem, comfort-wise.

It's good to see that some of the detailed design choices in the Enclave, more-costly though they may be, have been made with customer satisfaction in mind. It would have been so much easier, and typical,for the bean-counters to say "No. Too expensive." I'm glad the engineers won out.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,983 miles

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