Pros Sexy on the outside, comfy on the inside. Well laid out and nothing compares in value for the price.
Cons No Blue Tooth
Summary I don't understand all the author's fuss about the GPS - this is a car not a Garmin. I got away from GM because of all the bad cars they sold me in the past, but I have to admit, I'm glad to be back. This car doesn't only look good, I don't know of a single vehicle that is this enjoyable to drive. If you want a sports car feel, buy a second vehicle. If you want to throw in the camping gear, bicycles, skis or pick up a few extra passengers - this is the classiest, quietest, smoothest ride available and the price is way below right! And the only noise you'll hear is sitting in the seat next to you.
Pros Great interior layout. Perfect for a large family.
Cons Build quality is totally unacceptable (9 MAJOR problems in 50,000)
Shutters at speeds in excess of 65 MPH
Summary My wife LOVES her car. She really does, but she had finally had it. We have had 9 trips to the dealership and not over any petty issues either, these are real driving issues and GM just does not back their product. In fact I have had more issues with this car in the first 50,000 miles of ownership than my BMW (drove for 120,000 miles), Mercedes (40,000 miles), Volvo (40,000 miles), Camry (125,000 miles) and Accord (125,000 miles) combined.
Problem number one: Steering column emits a loud and very disturbing 'clunk' when turning. Took it to the dealership and the problem was fixed. Two weeks later, it's back. Bring it back in, they fixed it again. Two weeks later it happens again. Bring it back in, GM says it is a common problem and they are working on a fix and will call us when they have a fix for it, but that the car is in fact safe to drive and not to worry. This was a year ago. In the meanwhile every person that drives it immediately notices it and asks if the car is broken. Some don't even want to ride in it because they are worried.
Lift gate failure. Yeah, at 25,000 miles the liftgate failed.
Leaking roof during rain (we live in So. California so it almost NEVER rains here) so much that the driver is sopping when getting out of the car. Needless to say we didn't drive it until the rain stopped. Reason? One of the roof drains were clogged with leaves (because you know how many trees are in LA!).
Full blown engine meltdown. Yeah, while sitting in Starbucks at 37,000 miles the waterpump went out and within the three minutes it took to get out of the drive through the engine fully failed requiring a full replacement. The 'loaner' they gave my wife? A Chevy Aveo! And it was in the shop for three weeks.
Above 65 mph we get death wobbles. The techs checked it out and said "that's the ride." I was shocked, but my wife said she never really goes on the freeway much so not to worry about it. Personally I could never drive a car that had tremors through the steering wheel 90% of the time on the freeway and when it hits a pot hole on the 5 freeway it shakes like the Northridge earthquake.
And now the final straw. At 55,000 miles her AC went out. Would GM cover it? No, but they will be charging us $1300 to fix the leak at the dealership ($700 for the part and $100 per hour for labor). It's 105 out right now and they won't be able to work on it for a week, so my wife is forced to either stay at home or borrow my car.
I decided to give GM another shot (I had a GM truck at one point several years ago and swore I would never buy a GM again) and I had hoped their quality had been improved. My wife is a soccer mom and only shuttles the kids from home to dance to the grocery store with a couple of trips to Yosemite during the year. This car is a joke quality wise and I am just heartbroken that I spent $60,000 on this car and have had problems at every 5,000 miles like clock work. And now that it is out of warranty the prices for repair are the same as the Merc dealership.
And they wonder why they were going bankrupt and needed bailouts???
Buy this car at your own risk and just realized that when (not if) it breaks down under warranty that GM will happily give you an Aveo to drive around in while they are doing the work.
Pros Lots of room ... even in the last row.
Cons Seems to pause a bit before accelerating.
Summary We love it. Our family of 4 plus dog plus friends fit great.
Pros Waaay quieter than the Mercedes I replaced, surprisingly peppy, outstanding utility, luxurious cabin, smooth riding vehicle.
Cons I wish the gas mileage was a bit better although with the all wheel drive version of the CXL I'm getting 20 on the highway and right around 16 in the city as advertised.
Captains chairs are a bit short; sound system OK - maybe a bit better than OK
Summary Overall, the Enclave is a good example why it's not necessary to consider going off shore -- sending your dollars to a foreign country -- in order to have a better-than-satisfactory vehicle. I'd recommend the Enclave if you have the need to periodically carry equipment, tow recreational vehicles, boats, etc.. or have lots of kids.
Pros Styling, comfort, relative fuel economy, features, roominess, handling, reliability, service
Cons Not quite right transmission, still thirsty, rear visibility
Summary GM has a genuine hit on its hands here. The styling is drop dead gorgeous, and the utility is superior. This has more interior and passanger space than a Tahoe, but less than a Suburban. It has similar fuel economy to most mini-vans without the boring ride and look. It is well mannered and nearly finished making it compete with SUV's of much higher cost like the GL Mercedes or the Suburban, which are generally 20k and 10k more expensive.
We have had ours for over 4 months and over 5000 miles now and find it to be exactly what we paid for: a comfortable family and long distance hauler that sits in the garage when our more fuel efficient cars will do.
The engine has plenty of power, but wait for the 2009 model if you want more and perhaps better shifting from the 6 speed overdrive transmission. On gentle uphill climbs with a headwind, the transmission is well known to "hunt" or "cycle" between 4th, 5th, and 6th gear, sometimes annoyingly so.
The CUV has standard XM radio, free for 3 months, and standard OnStar with directions for a year in all its versions. The Buick has a better warranty 4 years/50,000 miles than its GMC and Saturn siblings. The CXL comes with special Michelin Lattitude 19" tires that are very quiet, go well in the snow, but this size is not available in pure snow tires (yet).
The Navigation DOES allow for finding the next exit off the freeway, unlike the CNET review. I haven't seen any pictured buildings but we live in a rural area.
The Mercedes GL320 CDI has approximately the same fuel economy (maybe 2 mpg better compared to the FWD Enclave, but it is AWD) and is probably worth 20k more, but we couldn't afford one. We are very happy with the Enclave and believe you would be too if you need this much space. It is a huge vehicle, even though it doesn't look like one.