What’s next year for Buick?

For 2008, Buick offers the large, sexy, and heavily-chromed Enclave CXL AWD with a bold, three-dimensional waterfall grille and portholes on the hood. Yes, it’s Buick’s new luxury crossover that is offered in CX and CXL models.

Exterior
Partway between a minivan and an SUV;
Passenger cabin taking up more of the vehicle than it would in an SUV;
Much higher than a sedan or wagon, but does not have the extreme ground clearance of an SUV;
Huge chrome waterfall grille, all door handles, and the roof rack;
Wide bright trim on the front and rear bumpers, and completely around the side widows and taillights;
Portholes on the hood equal classic post-WWII Buick

Interior
The very shortest passengers will find entry and exit easy;
Standard second-row captain’s chairs with fore-and-aft and seatback adjustability;
“Smart Slide” feature on the second-row seats;
Second row, with captain’s chairs that fold flat, for the adults;
Third row for smaller adults or children;
Standard power tailgate in both models;
Power-adjustable heated seats in the CXL’s both driver and front passenger sits;
Leather as a standard feature in the CXL and a flowingly-styled instrument panel with woodgrain trim and chrome-bezeled instruments and air vents;
Analog clock above the center stack;
Navigation system with an upgraded AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3CD/auliliary input audio system;
“Luxury Package”: Power folding mirrors, articulating headlights, power tilt and telescope adjustment for the wood-and-leather steering wheel, and a useful 110-volt inverter with output at the rear of the center console;
Power sunroof for the front passengers with a “companion” skylight over the rear seats;

Safety Features
Car-like handling
Four-wheel ventilated antilock disc brakes
Traction control
StabiliTrak stability control system
High-strength and dual-phase steel
Standard 6 airbags – two dual-stage front (with front passenger sensing), two seat-mounted front sides, and two rollover-capable full-length head curtain
OnStar “Directions and Connections” package
Back-up camera on the navigation system package

On the road
Long wheelbase
Fully-independent strut front
Multilink rear suspension
Softly tuned springs and shocks

Performance
Engine Type: dual overhead cam, 24-valve aluminum alloy V6 with variable cam phasing
Engine Size: 3.6 liters / x cu. in.
Horsepower: 275 @ 6600 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 251 @ 3200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase / Length: 119.0 in. / 201.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 22 gal.
Fuel Requirement: 87 octane unleaded regular gasoline
EPA Fuel Economy: – miles per gallon

city / highway / observed: 16 / 22 / 16
0 to 60 mph: 8.2 sec
Towing: 2,000 lbs. with tow package
Drivetrain: transverse front engine, part-time all-wheel drive

Other significant specifications of the 2008 Buick Enclave CXL AWD
Base Price: $ 36,990
Price As Tested: $ 43,530
Curb Weight: 4985 lbs.
Pounds Per Horsepower 18.1
Tires: P255/60 SR19 Michelin Latitude
Brakes, front/rear: vented disc / vented disc, ABS, traction control, and stability control standard
Ground clearance: 7.2 inches

Options and charges
Red Jewel Tint-Coat paint: $ 395
Navigation System with upgraded audio: $3,025
Luxury Package – includes:
– power folding outside rear-view mirrors, articulating
– xenon headlamps, power tilt and telescope steering wheel, 110V power inverter: $ 925
19-inch seven-spoke chromed alloy wheels: $ 895
Power sunroof with companion skylight: $1,300
Destination charge included

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