"A bargain at this price, but still expensive"4.5 starson by prives
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.