I have had my Buick for about two and a half years now and love just about everything about it. It is comfortable, responsive, hold lots of people and things. My only concern is about six months ago my "service air bag" light came on. So I promptly took it to the dealer where they had it for several days and repaired the faulty piece. While I was there I asked the service tech if the airbags would still work if the light was on and he told me NONE of the airbags would have worked in a crash.
The light came back on again today so I am bringing it back to the dealership to have it fixed for a second time. This is not some thing that I find acceptable in a 2 1/2 year old car.
Fix the airbags.
This is a common safety feature in our cars and it is unacceptable to have this many problems with them.
There is no reason why Buick should not be able to get this simple safety feature from malfunctioning.
Airbags have been around since 1986.
Get it together Buick!
(A friend recently got rid of hers because she had it serviced four times for the same problem!)
2011 Buick Enclave CXL1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
I wrote my first review after driving the Enclave for a week; we've had it now for 19 months. We bought it to transport my teenage daughter and her friends around and it's been a great success. They love the luxurious leather seats, the sound system and the great ride. The back seats fold down in a variety of ways and you can transport pretty much whatever you want. The main drawback is the awful fuel consumption on the AWD version, which is less even than the 15 mpg Buick claims it will get. Our lease runs out at the end of 2014 and we'd like to buy the Enclave, even though it will be a bit big for two people, but I think we'll downsize to a BMW X3 or the Audi Q5 just to save money on gas.
1) the controls are very straightforward
2) the vehicle is super quiet and even the basic sound system is excellent
3) the ride is very comfortable
4) the Enclave handles well and is good for long drives
5) once you work out how to configure the driver and passenger seats they're great to spend time in
6) the cargo capacity is enormous
7) the build quality is excellent
8) spotty radio coverage aside, we haven't had a single problem of note (unlike our Silhouette, which had a raft of electrical glitches right from the start)
9) the rear view camera makes parking a breeze
10) in general, parking is remarkably easy for a vehicle this size
1) I don't know how you can improve the appalling gas mileage, especially on the AWD version. Perhaps Buick could cut some weight somewhere
2) The door storage panels are too small and won't hold a normal sized road map
3) There really isn't enough storage space in the front; the central console is unnecessarily complicated to operate
4) Some of the driver controls are in the wrong place and mean you can easily get distracted while using them. Buttons for the rear view wiper, rear window heater and ventilation fans are very low on the dashboard and you have to look away from the road to activate them
5) the heating system is too brutal; in winter you either boil or freeze in the front
The Enclave is the most comfortable vehicle I have ever driven. We got it to drive on highway trips and that's all we use it for. My previous Lexus 350 caused Sacrum pain after long drives. Six weeks in physical therapy at $600+/week definitely makes a few miles per gallon mileage difference a non-issue. If you want a performance vehicle get something else. The Enclave definitely is a land cruiser.
Comfortable seats, heated and cooled is great
Ride is soft, steering is easy
Sound system, interior environmental controls are very nice
Gas mileage needs to be improved for highway speeds
Speed control hard to access/set
Limited blind spot view on side-mirrors
2011 Buick Enclave CXL1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
I've had the CXL1 AWD for a week and am still adapting to a vehicle that reminds me of an ocean liner. It's very stately and is not the kind of crossover you'd want to be manoeuvring in a tight parking lot. My wife wanted a leather-seated vehicle, so I test drove the Toyota Highlander, Subaru Outback, Mazda CX9, Acura MDX and Chevrolet Traverse. The Enclave beat the lot. I love the exterior design but some of the interior controls are oddly placed. The gas mileage so far has been disappointing (no shocks there) and I haven't yet worked out a totally comfortable seating arrangement. My 15-year-old daughter though says the Enclave is "sick", which is a great compliment coming from her.
1) The controls are straightforward. I have no time for fiddly displays and thousands of buttons that need to be programmed. I chose the CXL1 in part because I didn't want to have to deal with the navigation screen. Even without the manual the dashboard is easy to understand
2) The heating system works well, almost too well. The interior heats up very quickly
3) There is plenty of space, both for passengers and cargo
4) The vehicle is quiet
5) The Enclave has a genuinely luxurious feel
6) The build quality looks to be excellent
7 The acceleration is fine for drivers used to the 0-60 mph in 11 seconds that we got on our old Oldsmobile Silhouette
1) The gas consumption is unimpressive, but you have a 3.6 litre engine hauling a 5,000 pound vehicle
2) The rear visibility is bad
3) The rear view camera is situated too low down and if it's raining, water covers the lens
4) The door storage panels are too small and won't hold a normal sized road map
5) Some of the controls are in the wrong place. Buttons for the rear view wiper, rear window
heater and ventilation fans are too low on the dashboard and you have to look away from the road to activate them
6) The keys hang down in such a way that they knock against the driver's right knee
7) Your left knee will bang against the side of the car while the right hits the central console
I have had my Buick for about 7 months now. I like and I am happy I bought it. I do miss my Tahoe everyday though. It was more comforable and the radio was far more supreme than the one in the Enclave. It get about 19 miles to the gallon on average only about 3 more mile than my Tahoe. I do love and enjoy the bluetooth that has great clarity and the sunroof. Over all I am happy, but will go back to a Tahoe probably in a few years.
Bluetooth and the sunroof
The radio has to be improved for as much as this car cost. The door trimming stains very easily.