A new 3.6-liter V-6 is new to the Enclave for 2009. It makes 288 horsepower and has the responsiveness of a small V-8, thanks to variable valve timing, and gets fuel economy ratings of up to 17 mpg city, 24 highway on regular gas.
All Enclave models have the new 3.6-liter engine, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission; buyers have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with either the base CX or more luxurious CXL trim. Although carrying passengers is the Enclave's forte, it can tow up to 4500 pounds--enough for a small boat--when properly equipped, and the transmission has automatic grade braking to maintain control. The Enclave's intelligent all-wheel drive system is especially well-suited for driving in deep snow and on steep, icy driveways, as it works with the stability control system to send more power smoothly to the back wheels when needed.
The Enclave is one of the new generation of more carlike, so-called crossover SUVs, but it combines some of the best attributes of cars and trucks, with a four-wheel independent suspension combining MacPherson struts in front and an H-arm setup in back, along with fluid-filler bushings to help isolate road harshness. Together with the aerodynamic shape, the Enclave's interior is extremely quiet and the ride is smooth, while allowing quite responsive handling for such a heavy (nearly 5000-pound) vehicle.
With a standard third-row seat and seating for up to eight, the interior makes the most of the Enclave's available space and passengers will likely be comfortable no matter where they sit in the Enclave. Second-row captain's chairs are standard on either trim of the Enclave, but a second-row split-folding bench is available (at lower cost, actually) and fits three across. Even the rearmost row, with a Smart Slide feature allowing easier entry/exit, has ample space for adults.
The Enclave is among the best-performing vehicles in its class in crash tests from the federal government and the insurance-funded IIHS, and comes with StabiliTrak stability control with rollover mitigation technology, plus anti-lock brakes and a total of six airbags, all standard.
The Enclave doesn't come in a true base model; even the least expensive CX Enclave model comes with many typical luxury-brand features, such as HID xenon projector headlamps, fog lamps, heated mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, and steering wheel audio controls, with a six-speaker sound system and XM Satellite Radio compatibility. CXL models upgrade to heated power seats, memory seat settings, and showier 19-inch machined aluminum wheels.
Even considering the extensive standard equipment, there's a very long list of options to choose from for the Enclave. Major standalone ones include a sunroof, trailer-towing package, a cargo net, and chrome package. There are also several entertainment packages that bring ten-speaker Bose sound, along with (depending on the version) a navigation system, backup camera, and rear DVD entertainment system. Each of those packages now includes an AC household-type outlet.
Headlamps, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon, projector lamps hi/low bi-functional with blue tint lenses and chromed bezels
Headlamp control, automatic on and off
Fog lamps, front, halogen, with projector technology
Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted, rear-side, quarter panel and liftgate
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
Wipers, front intermittent with structureless wiper blades
Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
Liftgate, rear power
Audio system AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, speed-compensated volume, Radio Data System (RDS), Theftlock, auxiliary audio jack which enables plug/play connection of all auxiliary audio players, and 6-speakers
XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. Visit gm.xmradio.com for more details.)
Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Inerface)
QuietTuning, Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
Seating, 7-passenger second-row captain's chairs, flat folding and SmartSlide access to third row, third row flat folding 60/40 split bench
Seats, heated driver and front passenger
Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power with power recline and lumbar control and memory
Seat adjuster, 4-way power front passenger (fore-aft and recline), power lumbar
Memory settings memory "presets" for 2 drivers, with 8-way power driver seat includes easy exit driver seat, power outside mirrors, and power tilt and telescopic steering column (if equipped)
Floormats, front and rear auxiliary, covering (Floormats first, second and third row.)
Steering column, tilt and telescopic
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with Mahogany wood accents
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls and cruise controls
Instrumentation, 5-gauge with Enhanced Driver Information Center, outside temperature indicator and compass
Instrumentation, engine oil life monitor
Windows, power with driver and passenger Express-Up and - Down features
Door locks, power programmable
Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
Remote Keyless Entry
Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer
Air conditioning, tri-zone automatic climate control, with individual climate settings for driver and right front passenger and rear seat occupants
Defogger, rear-window electric
Glovebox, locking, passenger-side of instrument panel
Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
Traction control, full-range
StabiliTrak, Stability Control System with roll over mitigation
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger and side curtain for first, second and third row outboard passengers with Passenger Sensing System and roll over protection (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capacity varies by model. Turn-by-Turn Navigation requires ABS and is not available in certain areas. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 for system limitations and details. For a list of vehicles with Automatic Crash Notification visit onstar.com.)