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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $18,809 - $24,492
Original MSRP: $35,515 - $43,995
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2010 Buick Enclave Performance

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The Buick Enclave provides smooth, sedan-like performance, and is even fun to drive. Thanks to a horsepower boost in 2009, the Enclave also provides more than adequate acceleration. Still, a few reviewers would liked to have seen a more powerful V8 engine option.

  • "The ride is surprisingly dynamic, with little body roll even on some winding, shoulderless rural asphalt." -- Car and Driver
  • "Indeed, we've noted that the Enclave feels bigger and more ponderous on the road than some rival crossovers. Nonetheless, its 3.6-liter V6 is plenty powerful in most situations, and handling is uninspiring but secure. The Enclave also shines on road trips thanks to its quiet ride and compliant suspension." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2010 Buick Enclave is made to carry up to eight passengers in relaxed comfort and it does so with ease. At the same time it also manages to deliver engaging, even fun driving dynamics. The steering is light but firms up a bit at speed to give the Enclave a confident feel. The V6 engine provides good if not scorching acceleration and should be up to the task of hauling a full load of cargo or passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 288 horsepower. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that some test drivers said can be slow to downshift. Test drivers thought the power was adequate enough, but some wished a more powerful option was available. According to the EPA, FWD models achieve 17/24 mpg city/highway, while AWD models achieve 16/22. These ratings are about average for the class.

  • "The Enclave has adequate go in all situations. Front-drive versions are marginally quicker from a stop. The transmission shifts smoothly but is often caught in too high a gear, limiting available power. Downshifts for passing punch are sometimes tardy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The V6 engine provides good if not scorching acceleration and should be up to the task of hauling a full load of cargo or passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The Enclave shines with its car-like handling and extremely smooth ride. All-wheel drive is available. It also takes a toll on the Enclave’s fuel economy, which is only about average for the class even on front-wheel drive models.

  • "Enclave holds the road with impressive stability and agility for a vehicle of this size, with direct, well-balanced steering. Its long, wide body makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. Enclave's brakes are smooth and powerful." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The steering is light but firms up a bit at speed to give the Enclave a confident feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although it can tow up to 4,500 pounds, the 5,000-pound weight of this crossover adds to its difficult maneuverability. Smooth handling and an ultra-quiet ride characterize the ... Enclave, thanks to plenty of sound insulation and extra-thick door and window seals." -- Car Gurus
  • "We think the all-wheel drive is well worth the extra money. The all-wheel-drive system operates automatically, full-time all the time, adjusting to road speed, throttle position and the relative speeds of each of the four tires, wet or dry." -- New Car Test Drive

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