2008 Buick Enclave Long Term Road Test

2008 Buick Enclave: Oregon Holiday Trip, Day 6

December 30, 2007

Not much new going on today. Mom and I braved the near-constant rain and drove the 2008 Buick Enclave into town for provisions. The road between their driveway and US 101 is a tight two lane with 30 mph corners that's even more buckled and contorted by land movement than any other stretch of pavement we've seenon this trip.

Over this sort of road, two of my earlier impressions of the Buick Enclave are confirmed. At a moderate pace, the Enclave rides smoothly and stays composed through the tight and narrow asphalt bends, but itdoesn't like being hustled through these sorts of turns. It doesn't fall to its knees or wallow, but the driver gets themessage that this suspension isn't sport tuned. And while the steering isfairly precise, there isn't enougheffort buildup in corners toengage the driver.

No suprise really. This is a Buick, after all. It retains enough of the ride smoothness and quietness fans of the brand expect without crossing over into yacht territory. All-in-all, it's a nice ride - as long as you're not a frustrated leadfoot rally driver. Mom liked it a lot.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,966 miles

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