The 2012 Buick Enclave is called a luxury crossover, though it’s probably best known for its utility. That should tell you a lot about its versatile qualities, but just to be thorough, here are the details.
Buick Enclave Trims and Features
The Enclave is a large crossover SUV capable of carrying 7 or 8 passengers. A top pick within its market, the Enclave appeals to families with minivan-like space and strong safety scores while maintaining a crossover appeal stylistically. For 2012, Buick offers the Enclave in four trim levels: the base Enclave, Convenience Group Enclave, Leather Group Enclave, and Premium Group Enclave. The base Enclave is nicely equipped for $36,350 ($38,350 for AWD); buyers will receive a 3.6 liter V6 engine, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth capability, and a power liftgate. Moving up in trims will get you things like a rearview camera, alloy wheels, heated leather seats, and BOSE surround sound. Additional add-ons include navigation and a rear seat entertainment package.
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Buick Enclave Performance
The 2012 Enclave is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 worth 288 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Buick has paired the V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission and either a standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive configuration.
Buick Enclave Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the 2012 Enclave at 17/24/19 (city/highway/combined) MPG when equipped with front-wheel drive and 16/22/18 with the all-wheel drive setup.
Buick Enclave Interior Highlights
Space rules the Enclave, though its high quality materials should not be overlooked. Chrome and wood trim create an upscale feel, and the available leather seats finish off the look. The standard setup seats 7 and utilizes second row captain’s chairs, though you’ve got the option for 60/40 split bench seats to expand seating to 8 passengers. Either way, you’ll be hard pressed to find more passenger room outside of a minivan; reviews even tout the third row as being spacious enough for adults.
Cargo room expands to 115 cubic feet when both the rear rows are folded flat, and with all seats in use you’ll still get 23 cubes to play with.
Buick Enclave Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Enclave include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, OnStar emergency services, and full row side-curtain airbags. Optional features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors for tight situations.
Families will appreciate the rock solid build of the Buick Enclave. NHTSA crash testing gives the 2012 Enclave 5/5 stars overall by way of 5/5 stars for side impacts, and 4/5 stars each for frontal and rollover collisions. Backing up the government tests is a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick.
2013 Buick Enclave
Don’t expect any letdown from Buick in the near future. The 2013 Enclave, available later this year, will feature exterior styling improvements for the hood and grille, ambient lighting inside, a noise-reduced cabin, and more attractive dash layout.
Buick Enclave Summary
It’s geared towards families, but anyone who needs space will appreciate the attractive styling and strong safety marks that the 2012 Buick Enclave brings. If you’re in the market for a good looking crossover with minivan functionality, you’ll want to check out the Enclave. Snag your Enclave, or any member of the Buick lineup, with ease at CarWoo!