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6 SPEED TEST DRIVE: 2012 Buick Enclave

6 things you need to know about the 2012 Buick Enclave

1. Whip appeal.  During our test drive of the Buick Enclave we ran into a friend walking down the street in Harlem.  “Is this a Mercedes?” she asked as she hopped in.  And that says it all.  Buick is on the warpath.  Tired of being thought of as a grandma’s car, they are pushing the brand into a much more sleek, sexy, and luxe direction.  The Enclave and the Regal (LINK) are no exception.

2. Junk in the trunk.  The convenience of a third row seat that folds completely flat for toting that barge can not be overstated.  All the extra room—without having to pull the seats—can’t be beat.  You’ll always be ready to carry extra cargo or new friends at a moment’s notice.

3. Big things, small spaces.  The on-top-of-the-dash, pop-up storage area is great, especially for holding your phone while connected via Bluetooth.  As you probably know, sometimes storing your phone in a lower location within the car can result in dropped calls.  Or maybe that’s just Sprint’s spotty service.  Either way, this space is a great place to store your phone during Bluetooth calls.

4. “Operator.”  We can’t say enough about the convenience of OnStar.  With just a push of the blue button on the rearview mirror, you’ll have access to directions, general information and just about anything else you can think of.  Of course, these days you can get OnStar installed in any car [LINK] but, still, once you’ve had it, you can’t go back.

5. Hot Toddy.  Love this feature.  If you auto start the car remotely, the system will also check the temperature and, if it’s cold enough, it’ll turn on the heated seats.  Beautiful.  I mean, let’s face it, that why you’re turning on the car remotely anyway, so that it’ll be warm by the time you get to it, right?  Buick is ahead of the curve on this one.

6. Have porch, will travel.  Want a little fresh air without the chance of bugs slipping into the cabin?  This little number is exactly what you need.  The Enclave’s sunroof has a screen.  Yeah, like the screen on your mom’s front porch.  All the clean air, with no chance of bugs or driving debris.  Wonder why someone didn’t think of this one sooner.

Advertised MPG: 18
Base price: $45K
Price, as tested: $50K

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