2011 Buick Enclave Consumer Review: 19 months in, tearing my hair

2011 Buick Enclave - Consumer Review

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19 months in, tearing my hair out over the gas bills
By bigbaddave on


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.

Best Features

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

Worst Features

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
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