Nautical No More - 2008 Buick Enclave Long-Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave: Nautical No More

December 18, 2007

In recent times,Buicks havebeen known for a driving experience similar to this.

However, the 2008 Buick Enclave thunders down the road like this.

Buick Enclave Train -- Photoillustration by James Riswick

Past Buicks (Grand Nationals not withstanding) have gone down the road with a ride and steering more attune to nautical applications. The Enclave, on the other hand, feels like I'm driving a freight train. It feels positively enormous (which it is), but unlike other big vehicles, it feels totally planted as if 204,865 pounds were pushing down on rails rather than just4,865 on pavement. The steering is taut and transmits enough feel to assure me I'm in control, while the suspension eats up road imperfections with a reassuring "thunk-thunk." No ship's tiller steering numbness, no bounding over bumps like you're on the high seas.

In 1992, my then-64-year-old grandfather lamented the Buick LeSabre his company gave him was an "old man's car." While I'm not sure what the Enclave does to that image, it certainly does something to stifle Buick's reputation for creating ocean-going vehicles.

James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 6,754 miles

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