2008 Buick Enclave CXL Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Buick Enclave - Road Test Specs

2008 Buick Enclave SUV

(3.6L V6 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleCXL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$34,990
As-tested MSRP$37,780


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3564cc (217 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)275 @ 6,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)251 @ 3,200
Transmission type6-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelDueler H/L Alenza
Tire typeall season M+S
Tire size, frontP255/55R20 107H
Tire size, rearP255/55R20 107H
Wheel size19 X 7.5
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc -- Rear ventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)8.8
0-75 mph (sec.)13.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.8 @ 83.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)136
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)44
@ Full throttle (dB)73.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Enclave is pretty uneventful in acceleration tests -- just like Buick wants. It's quiet, peaceful and not that quick. We simply put it in Drive and mashed the gas -- because are any Buick drivers really going to be rowing through the gears manually?
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe Enclave's brake pedal is a soft, long-travel affair with a bunch of squish built into its effectiveness. It stops somewhere in the middle of all the softness.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsIt's clear Buick didn't intend for the Enclave to claw its way through any back roads at speed, but its manners are decent -- it managed to get through the slalom without any excitement also. Its stability control can't be disabled so there's little to worry about when it comes to losing control.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)78.3
Wind (mph, direction)4

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/24 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4780
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,865
Length (in.)201.8
Width (in.)79.0
Height (in.)72.2
Wheelbase (in.)118.9
Track, front (in.)67.3
Track, rear (in.)67.3
Turning circle (ft.)40.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)36.9
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)33.2
Headroom, front (in.)40.4
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)62.0
Shoulder room, rear (in.)61.4
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)57.4
Seating capacity8
Cargo volume (cu-ft)18.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)116.2


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemOnStar
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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