2009 Buick Enclave

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What Changed for 2009:
  • More power and features for 2009
  • New standard 3.6-liter V-6 direct-injection VVT engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Heated & cooled front seats available as stand-alone options
  • New standard Bluetooth hands-free phone interface on all models
  • Available XM NavTraffic
  • OnStar Destination Download available
  • Driver Confidence package adds rear backup camera display in rearview mirror
  • Two new exterior colors
The Enclave, all-new in 2008, returns for 2009 with new enhancements, as Buick seeks to elevate the brand's perception among consumers and appeal to a younger, more mainstream audience. The Enclave features styling that differentiates it from the mechanically similar GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Chevy Traverse. More luxurious features and Buick's \"QuietTuning\" (see explanation below) further set the Enclave apart from competitors. Under its skin, the Enclave shares GM's new crossover SUV architecture, including a V-6 engine, available seating for up to 8, and an emphasis on easy access to the second and third seating rows, plus 115.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row when all rear seats are folded.

Model Lineup
The 2009 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; one-touch power tailgate; premium cloth seats; 6-way power driver seat; power fore-aft adjustment for the front passenger seat; sliding front-row center console armrest; Smart Slide second-row seat; OnStar hands-free communication; auto-dimming rearview mirror; remote keyless entry; Xenon headlights; and cloth seats. On the options list, amenities include seating for 8 passengers; heated and cooled front seats as a stand-alone option; GPS navigation system; XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic reports; rear-seat DVD player; sunroof; remote vehicle starter; articulating headlamps; rear parking assist; and a towing package that increases the Enclave's towing capacity to 4500 pounds. Two new exterior colors are available for 2009: Silver Green Metallic and Quicksilver Metallic.

The Enclave CXL has standard perforated and heated leather seats, with two front bucket seats and second row standard with two captain's chairs. A second-row 60/40-split bench (seating three passengers) is optional. Other CXL standard features include 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. CXL also has standard 19-inch machined or optional 19-inch 7-spoke chrome wheels. Dealer-installed 20-inch wheels are available through Buick Accessories.

The 2009 Buick Enclave is powered by GM's new and more powerful 3.6-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing (VVT). Power output is 13 more hp than last year's model with an SAE-certified 288 hp at 6300 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3400 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose FWD or intelligent AWD. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2009 Enclave are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for FWD models, and 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway for AWD models. The Enclave's 4-wheel independent suspension is tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride with car-like response, Buick says.

The 2009 Buick Enclave comes with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment: six air bags (dual-stage frontal, front-seat-mounted side-impact air bags and two roof rail air bags covering all three seating rows) and rollover-sensing system; front-seat safety belt pre-tensioners; 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; tire-pressure monitor; traction control; electronic stability control with rollover mitigation; and panic brake assist feature. All 2009 Buick models, including Enclave, are equipped with OnStar (with one-year Directions & Connections plan), featuring an advanced crash response system with automatic crash notification.

The 2009 Buick Enclave received perfect 5-star ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) front- and side-impact crash tests. NHTSA subjected both FWD and AWD 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. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the Buick Enclave (along with sister nameplates, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Chevy Traverse) as a 2008 \"Top Safety Pick.\" The achievement comes as a result of the SUV's outstanding performance in the IIHS's front-, side- and rear-impact crash tests, and the fact that the model has standard electronic stability control.

Along with its styling, the 2009 Buick Enclave's quiet ride is among its most-touted features. Buick employs what it calls \"QuietTuning,\" which includes specially laminated windshield glass and laminated safety glass for front doors, triple door seals, and special attention to the hardware components that can generate wind or road noise: the tires, outside rearview mirrors and flat-blade 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 beneath 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.

New Bluetooth for Phone hands-free phone interface, standard on all Enclave models, includes integrated steering-wheel controls. Phone conversations play through the audio system, while voice recognition interprets voice commands to dial phone numbers and name tags. XM NavTraffic delivers real-time traffic information to the Enclave's touch-screen navigation system. OnStar Destination Download provides subscribers with screen-based navigation systems to input destination via a button press. All entertainment packages now include a 110-volt inverter, enabling power for portable electric plug-in devices. For Enclaves not equipped with the navigation system, the enhanced Driver Confidence package now includes a rear backup camera display integrated into the inside rearview mirror.

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  • Name CX (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35070.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name CXL (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37380.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name CX (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37070.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Name CXL (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 39380.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Seating, 7-passenger second-row captain's chairs, flat folding and SmartSlide access to third row, third row flat folding 60/40 split bench
  • Seat, driver 6-way power driver with manual recline and lumbar control
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way power (fore/aft) with manual recline and lumbar
  • 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
  • Cruise control
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 sealant and inflator kit (Not available or included when (QD6) compact spare steel wheel is ordered, or (V92) Trailering 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
  • Wheels, 4-19" x 7.5" (48.3 cm x 19.1 cm) fifteen-spoke machined aluminum
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) compact steel spare wheel and tire
  • Tires, P255/60R19-108S all-season, blackwall, Michelin
  • Engine, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 DI Direct Injection (288 hp [214.7 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque [364.5 N-m] @ 3400 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic (Requires FWD.)
  • Axle, 3.16 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Trailering provisions, 2000 lbs. (907 kg)
  • Suspension, Premium Ride, 4-wheel independent
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Exhaust, dual with bright chromed tips
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
  • All-wheel drive
    • 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 inst
    • 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
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • 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 aft
    • 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

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