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2008 Buick Enclave Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr CXL

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2008 Buick Enclave Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Buick Enclave Sport Utility Crossover

The all-new 2008 Buick Enclave joins a fast-growing segment of luxury crossover SUVs populated by vehicles from Acura, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. In either CX or CXL trim, the Enclave costs less than any of them. The Enclave's interior appointments uphold Buick's luxury heritage, and space abounds, with three rows of luxury seating for adults and easy access to the rear row. As much as 116 cubic feet of cargo capacity are on hand, which is far more than most of its peers. Thanks to Buick's exclusive Quiet Tuning, the Enclave rides quieter than nearly all of its competition as well.

What's new for 2008?

The Enclave is an all-new model for Buick in 2008, and it replaces both the midsize Rainier and the Rendezvous SUVs. It shares its architecture with other big GM crossover SUVs like the GMC Acadia and Saturn Vue. It is powered by GM's superb 3.6L all-aluminum V6, which puts out 275 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Enclave comes in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and two trim levels are available--the CX, which starts at $32,990, and the CXL, which starts at $35,190.

Model Strengths

  • Large luxury crossover SUV with room for eight or plenty of cargo
  • smooth ride
  • ample power from V6
  • a new benchmark for Buick.

Model Review

The all-new 2008 Enclave is a bold departure for Buick, and it scores points on several levels. While the exterior wears the Buick family face, it does so far better than the midsize Rendezvous and Rainier did, and lends visual cohesion to the Buick line. The newest Buick pairs a 3.6L V6 that produces 275 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. As is typical of the Buick nameplate, the Enclave comes loaded with standard features and space, which means plenty of room for people and their things.

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2008 Buick Enclave CXL

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DETROIT - The Buick Enclave proved more than just a pretty face.

We spent a week with a 2008 Buick Enclave CXL AWD and found the crossover utility more than capable of performing all its duties well. Remember, despite its sleek appearance, the Enclave is a three- row people hauler. As such, it had size and weight to carry out the job.

Still, our test vehicle was nimble and highly maneuverable. Whether on city streets or cruising down the narrow lanes of the Lodge Freeway here, Buick's Enclave responded to driver input sharply.

We were particularly impressed with the light feel of the Enclave. It never felt like we driving a utility vehicle that tipped the scales at almost 5,000 lbs as the Enclave does. Our test vehicle had a towing capacity of 4,500 lbs.

It also had a cargo capacity of almost 19 cubic feet with the third row deployed and a sizable 115 cubic feet with the third and second row seats folded. Indeed, with all its toting and towing capacity, our test vehicle still had a relatively reasonable turning radius of 40 ft.

The Enclave's suspension was simply great. Because it has car- like unibody construction versus truck- like body on frame assembly, Buick's Enclave rode more like a car than a truck. It was comfortable. The ride was not bouncy, there wasn't all that much dip in the curves and the vehicle cornered really well.

Powered by a 3.6- liter V6 that made 275 horsepower, we at first were not that impressed with this engine in this application. That was during our first encounter with the enclave earlier this year. And quite frankly we thought it a bit underpowered and that acceleration could have been better.

But once on our turf, we found the Enclave's acceleration more than adequate for traffic filled metropolitan streets. Buick says zero to 60 mph time is 8.2 seconds and given the speed at which our test vehicle got off the mark at traffic lights, we don't doubt that time.

However, the Enclave is not going to smoke its tires coming off the line and it is not supposed to. But its acceleration was good enough to keep us out of harm's way in the 60 mph to 80 mph which is the unofficial speed limit on the 55 mph Lodge.

Good looks and power aside, we still think the best part of the Buick Enclave is the interior. Indeed, that's where we spent all of our time with it. The third row could accommodate two full- size adults comfortably. That's a rarity.

The second row had adjustable seats, a rear seat entertainment system and a 110 volt electrical socket. It was also outfitted with captain's chairs. The Enclave has a center console that can be unfolded, serving the same purpose for the second row but we couldn't figure out how to deploy it.

Buick says the Enclave's "QuietTuning engineering process reduces, blocks and absorbs unwanted noise from entering Enclave's cabin. Noise- reducing components include an acoustic- laminated windshield, laminated safety door glass, triple door seals, flat- blade windshield wipers, strategically placed sound- deadening material in more than two dozen locations throughout the vehicle and outside rearview mirrors and tires designed to minimize noise. The result is a library- quiet interior that allows passengers seated in the third row to hear a conversation between first- row occupants."

We don't about that but our Enclave was awfully quiet. That was a hallmark of past Buicks that being restored to present ones.

Our test vehicle was equipped with all sort sorts of stuff. It had a power liftgate, remote start, rear parking assist, active head lamps, a navigation system, OnStar, a sunroof with sky light over the second row, heated and foldable outside mirrors, tri- zone climate controls, and a premium audio system that included satellite radio.

After a week with the Buick Enclave, we still think its performance and functionality matches it looks which are great. Heck, it even has Five Star frontal and side impact ratings.

Our Enclave, with $7,000 worth of options, had a sticker of $44,055.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Buick Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2012. 6-Year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for 2013 model year and newer Certified Pre-Owned Buick vehicles (as of 6/24/13) .

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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