By James Bergeron

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2009 Buick Enclave

Day 1:

2009 Buick Enclave CX
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It has been awhile since I have driven a large SUV; I guess it was just about time as gas prices are starting to rise in anticipation of the summer driving season, but be that as it may, people need space to take those trips across the country and an eight-seater could very well be the ticket.

My tester this week is the base model Enclave CX, a Buick without leather. No sunroof and no heated seats either; and this is an SUV without AWD, it being a front-wheel drive model. A luxury SUV missing all the luxury… I’m not really sure what to think of that. I suppose this gets you into a Buick for less, but I fully expected a Buick to be gussied up inside — I guess that proves how much I know.

2009 Buick Enclave CX
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Even though it is a base model, it does still have a good number of standard features. Some may even consider it fully-loaded, starting with the standard 3.6-litre V6 direct injection engine with 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Some of the standard features include: fog lights, power liftgate, 18-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning with automatic tri-zone climate controls for second and third row passengers, power mirrors and windows, ABS, traction control and stability control. Added as an option to my tester is the $800 driver confidence package which adds a backup camera integrated into the rearview mirror as well as reverse sensors.

When I drove the Enclave’s sibling, the GMC Acadia, back in 2007 I averaged around 15L/100km against its rated fuel consumption of 12.7L/100km city and 8.4L/100km highway. I hope the Enclave can do better than that so as to not break the bank!

2009 Buick Enclave CX
MSRP as tested (including destination): $43,785

For more information on Buick and the Enclave visit GM Canada

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