2008 Buick Enclave Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$32,790-$37,040
$30,659-$34,632
16 /CITY / 23 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • The Buick Enclave is an all-new model, and the brand's largest crossover utility to date

  • Standard seating for 7, with optional seating for 8

  • Replaces the Rendezvous and Rainier in Buick's lineup and becomes the division's only SUV model

  • Mechanically similar to the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, but with different styling

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine

  • 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Choice of front- or all-wheel drive

  • Standard power tailgate

  • Specially tuned for a quiet ride

  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system
Overview
The Enclave is an all-new model, and is Buick's latest effort to enhance the brand's perception among consumers and appeal to a younger, more mainstream audience. While the styling of Buick's previous utility models, the Rendezvous and the Rainier (both discontinued for 2008), basically involved putting a Buick \"face\" on existing General Motors products, the Enclave goes all-out with a nose-to-tail styling makeover that differentiates it from the mechanically similar GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. More luxurious features and Buick's \"QuietTuning\" (see explanation below) further differentiate the Enclave from competitors. Under the skin, the Enclave shares GM's new crossover SUV architecture, including V-6 power, available seating for 8, and an emphasis on easy access to the second and third seating rows.

Model Lineup
The Buick Enclave is available in CX or CXL trim levels, both with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment on the Enclave CX includes tri-zone climate control; stereo with an MP3-capable CD player and XM satellite radio; 18-inch alloy wheels; power-operated tailgate; 6-way power driver seat; power fore-aft adjustment for the front passenger seat; OnStar hands-free communication; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; remote keyless entry; Xenon headlights; and cloth seats. On the options list, amenities include seating for 8 passengers; GPS navigation system; rear-seat DVD player; sunroof; remote vehicle starter; rear parking assist; and a towing package that increases the Enclave's towing capacity to 4500 pounds.

The Enclave CXL also includes options for leather seats; 19-inch wheels; 8-way power driver seat and 4-way power front passenger seat (both heated); and a memory function for the seats, mirrors and (optional) tilt/telescoping steering column. Other options are similar to the CX, with the addition of a Luxury package that includes power-folding side-view mirrors (auto-dimming on the driver's side); headlights that turn with the steering wheel; power tilt and telescoping steering wheel; and a power inverter with a 110-volt outlet.

Powertrain
The Buick Enclave is powered by GM's 3.6-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. Power output is 275 hp at 6600 rpm and 251 lb.-ft. of torque at 3200 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose front- or all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Enclave are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models, and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway for models equipped with all-wheel drive. The Enclave's 4-wheel independent suspension is tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride with car-like response.

Safety
The 2008 Buick Enclave comes with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment: front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags and three-row side curtain air bags; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; traction control; and electronic stability control. The 2008 Enclave received perfect 5-star ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) front- and side-impact crash tests. NHTSA subjected both front- and all-wheel-drive versions to its rollover tests, and both earned 4 of 5 stars, putting both versions of the Enclave among the better-performing models in the segment.

Technology
Along with its styling, the Enclave's quiet ride is among its most-touted features. Buick employs what it calls \"QuietTuning,\" which includes specially laminated windshield glass, triple door seals, and special attention to the hardware components that can generate wind or road noise: the tires, side mirrors and windshield wipers. Another interesting aspect of the Enclave is the easy access it provides for rear-seat passengers. The rear axle is located behind the second-row seat rather than under it, allowing the rear doors to have a straight trailing edge, which in turn provides plenty of room for entry and exit. The second-row seats employ GM's SmartSlide feature-tugging on a single lever raises the bottom cushion and moves the seat forward, allowing easier access to the third row.

What Changed for 2008:

  • The Buick Enclave is an all-new model, and the brand's largest crossover utility to date

  • Standard seating for 7, with optional seating for 8

  • Replaces the Rendezvous and Rainier in Buick's lineup and becomes the division's only SUV model

  • Mechanically similar to the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, but with different styling

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine

  • 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Choice of front- or all-wheel drive

  • Standard power tailgate

  • Specially tuned for a quiet ride

  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system
Overview
The Enclave is an all-new model, and is Buick's latest effort to enhance the brand's perception among consumers and appeal to a younger, more mainstream audience. While the styling of Buick's previous utility models, the Rendezvous and the Rainier (both discontinued for 2008), basically involved putting a Buick \"face\" on existing General Motors products, the Enclave goes all-out with a nose-to-tail styling makeover that differentiates it from the mechanically similar GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. More luxurious features and Buick's \"QuietTuning\" (see explanation below) further differentiate the Enclave from competitors. Under the skin, the Enclave shares GM's new crossover SUV architecture, including V-6 power, available seating for 8, and an emphasis on easy access to the second and third seating rows.

Model Lineup
The Buick Enclave is available in CX or CXL trim levels, both with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment on the Enclave CX includes tri-zone climate control; stereo with an MP3-capable CD player and XM satellite radio; 18-inch alloy wheels; power-operated tailgate; 6-way power driver seat; power fore-aft adjustment for the front passenger seat; OnStar hands-free communication; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; remote keyless entry; Xenon headlights; and cloth seats. On the options list, amenities include seating for 8 passengers; GPS navigation system; rear-seat DVD player; sunroof; remote vehicle starter; rear parking assist; and a towing package that increases the Enclave's towing capacity to 4500 pounds.

The Enclave CXL also includes options for leather seats; 19-inch wheels; 8-way power driver seat and 4-way power front passenger seat (both heated); and a memory function for the seats, mirrors and (optional) tilt/telescoping steering column. Other options are similar to the CX, with the addition of a Luxury package that includes power-folding side-view mirrors (auto-dimming on the driver's side); headlights that turn with the steering wheel; power tilt and telescoping steering wheel; and a power inverter with a 110-volt outlet.

Powertrain
The Buick Enclave is powered by GM's 3.6-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. Power output is 275 hp at 6600 rpm and 251 lb.-ft. of torque at 3200 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose front- or all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Enclave are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models, and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway for models equipped with all-wheel drive. The Enclave's 4-wheel independent suspension is tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride with car-like response.

Safety
The 2008 Buick Enclave comes with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment: front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags and three-row side curtain air bags; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; traction control; and electronic stability control. The 2008 Enclave received perfect 5-star ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) front- and side-impact crash tests. NHTSA subjected both front- and all-wheel-drive versions to its rollover tests, and both earned 4 of 5 stars, putting both versions of the Enclave among the better-performing models in the segment.

Technology
Along with its styling, the Enclave's quiet ride is among its most-touted features. Buick employs what it calls \"QuietTuning,\" which includes specially laminated windshield glass, triple door seals, and special attention to the hardware components that can generate wind or road noise: the tires, side mirrors and windshield wipers. Another interesting aspect of the Enclave is the easy access it provides for rear-seat passengers. The rear axle is located behind the second-row seat rather than under it, allowing the rear doors to have a straight trailing edge, which in turn provides plenty of room for entry and exit. The second-row seats employ GM's SmartSlide feature-tugging on a single lever raises the bottom cushion and moves the seat forward, allowing easier access to the third row.
Available Trims for the 2008 Buick Enclave
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name CX (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32790.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
Name CXL (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35025.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
Name CX (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34805.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name CXL (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37040.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
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INTERIOR
  • Seating, 7-passenger second-row captain's chairs, flat folding and SmartSlide access to third row, third row flat folding 60/40 split bench
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual lumbar
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way power (fore/aft) with manual lumbar
  • 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 with tachometer, speedometer, fuel, coolant temperature, battery, gear selector display, outside air temperature, trip computer and Driver Information Center
  • Instrumentation, engine oil life monitor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Windows, power, with driver and passenger express-up and down features
  • Door locks, power programmable
  • Cruise control
  • 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 Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, 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 Re
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, 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
  • QuietTuning, Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
  • Reading lamps-inc: all three rows, with two lamps per row
  • Glovebox, locking, passenger-side of instrument panel
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass display
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 12v power outlets-inc: (1) cargo, (1) front and (2) rear
  • Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Leather seat trim
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power with power recline and 4-way lumbar
  • Seat adjuster, 4-way power passenger (fore/aft and recline) with 4-way 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)
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 4-18" X 7.5" (45.7 cm X 19.1 cm) six-double-spoke painted aluminum
  • Tires, P255/65R18-109S all-season, blackwall, Goodyear
  • Tire, spare 17" (43.2 cm)
  • 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
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted, rear-side, quarter panel and liftgate
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Wipers, front variable speed intermittent with structureless wiper blades
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Liftgate, rear power
  • Wheels, 4-19" X 7.5" (48.3 cm X 19.1 cm) fifteen-spoke machined aluminum
  • Tires, P255/60R19-108S all-season, blackwall, Michelin
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 (275 hp [205 kw] @ 6600 rpm, 251 lb-ft [340 N-m] @ 3200 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic (Requires FWD.)
  • Axle, 3.16 ratio
  • Traction control, full-range
  • StabiliTrak, Stability Control System with rollover protection system
  • Brake assist
  • Trailering provisions, 2000 lbs. (907 kg)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Suspension, Premium Ride, 4-wheel independent
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, dual with bright chromed tips
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
  • All-wheel drive
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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 inst
    • Door locks, rear child security
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system -inc: 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 Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com)

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