The 2010 Buick Enclave shares its underlying architecture with the Chevrolet Traverse, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. It comes powered by a 3.6-liter V6, which makes 288 horsepower and has the responsiveness of a small V8, thanks to variable valve timing. It is good for an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway on regular gas. The V6 comes mated to a 6-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, which now also includes a CXL2 option.
Although carrying passengers is the Enclave's forte, it can tow up to 4,500 pounds 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 rear wheels when needed.
The Enclave is one of the new generation of more car-like crossover SUVs, but it combines some of the best attributes of cars and trucks, with a 4-wheel independent suspension combining MacPherson struts in front, an H-arm setup in back along with fluid-filler bushings to help isolate road harshness.
With a standard third-row seat and room 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 the Enclave, but a second-row split-folding bench is available 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 entry-level CX Enclave 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 6-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, while CXL2 adds an auxiliary power outlet, rear audio controls, a premium sound system, cooled front seats, and power folding mirrors.
Even considering the extensive standard equipment, there's a very long list of options to choose from. Major options include a sunroof, 20-inch chromed wheels, trailer-towing package, a cargo net and chrome package. There are also several entertainment packages that bring 10-speaker Bose sound as well as a navigation system, backup camera and rear DVD entertainment system. Each of those packages includes an AC household-type outlet.
Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel and tire (Not available or included with (V92) Trailering Provision Package.)
Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, chromed
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 (Upgradeable to (PCU) Bose Sound System, (UUJ) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment, (UUM) Audio system with Navigation or (U4H) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment and Navigation.)
XM Radio is standard on more than 50 2010 GM models, including three trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels for virtually every music genre, all in amazing digital quality sound. Turn on your favorite sports, the biggest names in News, Talk and Comedy, family programming, exclusive concerts and original music series, wherever you go from coast to coast. Everything worth listening to is now on XM (XM service available only in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. XM Radio subscription required and sold separately after trial period. Fees, taxes, and a one-time reactivation fee, may apply. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. All fees and programming subject to change. Family programming Packages are available.)
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)
Floor mats, 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 includes Driver Information Center, tachometer, speedometer, fuel, coolant temperature, battery, gear selector, outside air temperature and compass display (Digital compass display moves to navigation screen with (UUM) Audio system with Navigation and (U4H) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment and Navigation.)
Instrumentation, engine oil life monitor
Windows, power with driver Express-Up and -Down features, passenger Express-Down feature
Door locks, power programmable
Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
Remote Keyless Entry, with no remote start provision
Remote vehicle start system
Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, engine immobilizer with content theft alarm
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, includes automatic exterior lamp control
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.)
Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning
Rearview camera system, integrated into rearview mirror (Integrated into navigation display if (UUM) Audio system with Navigation or (U4H) Audio system with Rear Seat Entertainment and Navigation are ordered.)