Ride & Handling

Like its sister crossovers — the GMC Acadia and the Saturn Outlook — the Enclave has a refined, carlike ride that isn't upset by rough roads the way traditional body-on-frame SUVs can be. The Buick's four-wheel-independent suspension deals with bumps rather well, but there is some bounciness when traveling on rolling, up-and-down roads, especially with all seven seats filled. (An eight-seat version is also available.) A smooth highway ride adds to its appeal.

The Enclave steers with a light touch, thanks to a generous amount of power assist. The steering wheel spins on its axis with Lexus-like smoothness, and the Enclave changes direction with a fair amount of eagerness considering its size. The standard wood-and-leather steering wheel fits nicely in your hands.

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    Tire Inspection
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    Compressed Audio or Mixed Mode Discs
    The radio plays discs that contain both uncompressed CD audio and MP3/WMA files depending on which slot the disc is loaded into. The DVD Player only reads uncompressed audio and ignores MP3/WMA fil ...

    Underbody Maintenance
    Use plain water to flush dirt and debris from the vehicle's underbody. Your dealer or an underbody car washing system can do this. If not removed, rust and corrosion can develop. ...