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2011 Buick Enclave

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Follow Up On Earlier Review
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By rusgc
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2011 Buick Enclave CXL1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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Just completed 3500 mile trip with new Enclave, I'm adding to earlier review.
Ride is excellant and it's quiet.
It's a big car, I didn't get used to the size as
I thought I would with driving time.
Poor outward visibility, and lack of maneuverability
in tight spaces, i.e., parking garages, and busy parking lots is my biggest complaint.
Gas mileage is disappointing, hoped for rated mileage at least, but it's 1 or 2 mpg less than rated.
Interior conveniences are either lacking or too small to be useful.
We've had minivans for years, nothing beats them for travelling convenience so I'm biased on these points.
Overall, it's a comfortable, nice, if not exciting or "fun" to drive, car.


Best Features

Good looking, smooth, quiet ride. Rich interior.


Worst Features

Better location and sizing of interior conveniences for travelling, i.e., hanger hooks inside back doors. No conveniently placed hanger hooks seems minor but annoying to us. Improve visibility, i.e., larger glass area. Improve gas mileage.


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Quiet, refined, but...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By flablueovalfan
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2011 Buick Enclave CXL2 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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There is much to like about the '11 Buick Enclave. It provides a serene, luxurious ride. However, there are a few inexplicable and obvious nods to cost cutting that do not belong in a $50,000+ vehicle of this class. I particularly dislike the fact that the front passenger seat cushion adjusts front to back only - no angle adjustment! And is it to much to ask for some ambient interior lighting - like my $15,000 less expensive '11 Mustang GT has? A few bits of interior materials could be better - too much hard plastic. I had the Ford Flex with Eco Boost higher on my list, but the wife was put off by the styling. The Enclave is a nice car, it just needs more attention to the details.


Best Features

Quiet ride


Worst Features

Change front passenger seat to same 8-way functionality as driver's seat - at least as an option, add ambient light package.


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Enclave Seats Poorly Designed for Booster Seats
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By lbardel
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2011 Buick Enclave CXL1 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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2nd & 3rd row seats are almost impossible to buckle using backless &"with-backs" toddler booster seats (infant car seats w/5-point harness are ok).
The latch at bottom of the seat does not budge & presses against the booster so tightly, you'll rub your knuckles raw trying to get the buckle in....also, the buckle is slightly angled making things even more difficult.
I transport four 5-year-olds to Kndgarten & not one of them can buckle in......I bought 3 different brands of boosters, & nothing helps.
There's just not enough room on the seat for the booster to fit against the latch.
Buick suggested a belt extender; Buick later said NOT to use extender; they are perplexed for solution.


Best Features

(1) DVD option is great; (2) Automatically starting up the car by remote; (3) Automatic rear lift gate; (4) Smooth and quiet ride.


Worst Features

(1) Wider seats or better placement of seat belt latch to accommodate toddler booster seats; (2) Somewhere to hang dry cleaning; (3) larger storage compartments on driver's and passenger's door.


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Nice Car, So Far
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By rusgc
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2011 Buick Enclave CXL1 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


Review

We've had it a week.
My wife loves it.
It feels big and a little clumsy to me, and I'm used to driving a van.
Limited visibility will also take some getting used to.
Very comfortable seats.
Gas mileage so far is disappointing, less than rated.
My opinion on this and most cars now is the electronics are way over done.
Too many "features" that aren't necessary.
Huge gripe is the lack of hanging hooks inside rear doors, instead they are half way back by the 3rd seat or cargo area.
Totally inconvenient for hanging dry cleaning,
and the bar I use on vacation to hang clothing.
We travel a
lot and this silly oversight may have been a decider to go with a Lexus.


Worst Features

Hanging hooks inside rear doors! More glass area for better visibilty. More intuitive electronics, or better yet, less electronic gadgetry.


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In Town gas mileage BAD
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By wml1
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2011 Buick Enclave CXL2 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)


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13.3 13.6 in town is awful,
I traded 08 Avalanche LTZ for this.
The Avalanche got 14 to 15 in town, so far Buick says it's in spec's I Have been a G.M. owner far over 40yrs won't even try to put a number of car's and truck,s so far I feel like G.M. s really let me down.
other then that it's a very nice, great confort really nice interior, I should have bought the Cad.


Best Features

Seat's interior,Drive Ride


Worst Features

Use less GAS in town, it's not that great on the road.


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