Simply put, the Buick Enclave exemplifies the best of the new breed of full-size SUVs. Call it a General Motors-developed Lambda crossover or CUV if you like. The fact is, future versions of GM's true full-size sport-utes will be more like the Enclave rather than less. Demerited for toughness on the towing front, Buick garners cred for offering plenty of space and oodles of luxury in a stunning package.
Handling isn't sporty, but the Enclave's dynamic mannerisms would lead you to believe the big Buick weighs less than 4,985 pounds; a very good thing. Besides, the ride quality is supremely serene. Cockpit comfort was a priority for Buick designers. Result. Though surely not perceived as a rocket, the Enclave moves about with ease and won't struggle whatsoever on any mountain climbs.
Best of all, the aforementioned stunning imagery. No direct competitor presents as gorgeous an option to consumers. Can we allow the badge to get in our way of honouring the best large premium CUV? Apparently not. The Buick Enclave is now part of the first Good 12 Supersize.
Engines: 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque from a 3.6L V6
City Mileage: 16-17 miles per gallon
Base USD Price: $35,070
Cargo Capacity: 115 cubic feet behind front row
Towing Capability: 2000 pounds