2012 Buick Enclave Review
The 2012 Buick Enclave is a luxurious, comfortable and capable family hauler. Just don’t expect particularly nimble handling or brisk acceleration.
Reviewers say the 2012 Buick Enclave packs a surprising number of standard features and offers a quiet, refined interior that’s rare for an affordable midsize SUV. They even compare its upscale interior and composed ride with the Lexus RX 350. That’s high praise for a vehicle that isn’t considered a luxury SUV.
Though test drivers are impressed with the Enclave’s interior accommodations, they aren’t excited about what’s under the hood. They say the SUV’s engine is up to the task of commuting up to eight people and their stuff, and has smooth handling and a comfortable ride. But shoppers looking for some fun driving dynamics in their family vehicle should look somewhere else because the Enclave is tuned more for relaxation than excitement.
Most automotive journalists conclude that the 2012 Buick Enclave is a top choice in a hotly competitive segment. In fact, the Enclave offers such a good combination of comfort, interior features and value that we named it the 2012 Best Three Row Midsize SUV for Families. Overall, if you want to chauffer your family and a few occasional third-row passengers in comfort and style, reviewers say the 2012 Buick Enclave should be at the top of your shopping list.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Mazda CX-9 isn’t as luxurious as the Buick Enclave, but reviewers recommend it wholeheartedly as one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs on the market. Its starting price is considerably less than the Enclave’s, but it can be similarly equipped for a comparable price.
Shoppers enamored with the Buick Enclave’s adult-sized third row should take a good look at the Ford Flex. Automotive journalists say it has one of the most spacious third rows of any affordable midsize SUV, and it offers a slew of innovative interior features that are hard to find in its competitors. Though its base model is relatively well-equipped, adding optional features can cause its price to escalate. But if you’re considering adding options to your Enclave anyway, you’ll find that the Flex can be similarly equipped at a comparable price.
Details: 2012 Buick Enclave
The 2012 Buick Enclave is available in four trims: Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium. Each trim offers a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Changes for the 2012 model year are minimal, but include standard hill-hold and an improved brake override system, which cuts power to the engine when both the gas and the brake pedals are pressed at the same time.
- "While the 2012 Buick Enclave remains a very appealing choice in a crowded segment, there are a few other crossover models we'd urge buyers to have a look at. … Overall, though, the Buick Enclave stands out as a solid pick for an upscale family hauler.” -- Edmunds
- "This crossover builds on the strengths of its more mainstream cousins by offering tangible upgrades in luxury and style. Its car-like driving dynamics and impressive passenger and cargo versatility make it a must see for shoppers considering a premium SUV.” -- Consumer Guide
- "The handsome, eight-passenger Enclave blazed the styling path for all the new Buicks and is a high-quality, luxurious, full-size crossover with Lexus levels of refinement.” -- Car and Driver
+"With eye-catching exterior styling, a highly usable interior and a remarkably quiet cabin the Buick Enclave has what it takes to be a viable competitor in this hot segment.” -- Kelley Blue Book