2011 Buick Enclave

MSRP $37,865

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2011 Buick Enclave Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Launched first in 2008 as a premium three-row family crossover, the Buick Enclave hasn’t changed much since and the 2011 model is no different. However, you do get some minor touch-ups on the 2011 Enclave such as some new paint schemes and new wheel designs. A solid choice in the segment, the Buick Enclave manages to be a perfect cross between a wagon and an SUV. While you do have other products like the GMC Acadia, Volvo XC90, and Lincoln MKT with similar skills, the Enclave gets ahead with its overall balance. 

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Pros

Smooth ride quality

Segment best Interior and cargo room

Well equipped base trim

Great safety ratings

Cons

Debatable styling

Mediocre fuel economy

Buick reputation

What's New?

Buick reputation


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37865

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

201.8 in.

width

79 in.

height

69.6 in.

curb weight

4980 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

115 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1479 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

484 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

CX$37,865 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Buick Enclave in Carbon Black color
Carbon Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


As a flagship Buick SUV, the Enclave aptly serves its maker's cause. It has that premium appeal on the outside and gets an upscale cabin on the inside as well. It can also seat seven occupants in good comfort along with a smooth and supple ride. Apart from these, the Enclave is also rich in premium features, carries a top-notch safety rating, and has ample cargo space to gulp all your weekend luggage. At a starting MSRP of $35,865, the 2011 Buick Enclave may be a bit on the expensive side, but it surely offers one of the best propositions in its segment. 


8.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2011 Buick Enclave Features

8.5/10

For 2011, the Buick Enclave is available in three trims which are namely, CX, CXL1, and CXL2. The Enclave starts at $35,865 and can climb up to $42,345 which is a reasonable enough spread for a vehicle of its caliber. Although we would have appreciated it if the prices were cheaper by a few grand, the equipment that is available more or less makes up for it. Additionally, each trim also offers an option to upgrade to an AWD setup, however, it comes at a premium of $2,000.

Models

CX

CXL1

CXL2

MSRP (FWD)

$35,865

$38,980

$42,345

MSRP (AWD)

$37,865

$40,890

$44,345

Key Features

19-Inch Alloy Wheels

Leather Upholstery

Active Headlights

 

Bi-Xenon Headlights

Heated Power Front Seats

Power-Folding Heated Outside Mirrors

 

Fog Lamps

Driver-Seat Memory Functions

Power Tilt-And-Telescoping Steering

 

Power Liftgate

Rear Parking Sensors

Ventilated Front Seats

 

Heated Outside Mirrors

Back-Up Camera

115-Volt Power Outlet

 

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Dual-Pane "Skyscape" Sunroof

10-Speaker Bose Surround-Sound

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Looking at what all the Buick has to offer, the Enclave pretty much has an edge on most of its rivals, even if we take into account the premium that it commands, we would most certainly direct a potential customer towards the base CX trim which comes in extremely well specced. Yes, the higher trims do bring in many value additions, but the fact that even the base trim has most of what one could desire, we doubt many would want to upgrade. Additionally, many of the top-tier features can be added in as optional extras which should essentially prove to be quite the bargain.

2011 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 3.6-liter V6 that powers the 2011 Buick Enclave produces a decent 288 bhp and 270 lb-ft. of torque which is just enough to get this vehicle going. Although on paper the numbers could seem a little meek, when driving around the Enclave as it is meant to, it does reward you with a smooth and effortless ride. You might not be winning any drag races on your next spotlight, but the Enclave has enough of a spring in its step to keep you wafting along with the city and even on the highway without much thought. 

The 6-speed automatic transmission is also smooth and fast enough to not spoil the overall recipe of the Enclave thereby reducing fatigue when puttering about town. The AWD option that is available throughout the range should also come in handy for the people that reside in regions with harsher winters or some truly terrible roads as the AWD is enough to tackle most soft-roading needs. The optional trailer package also makes the Enclave capable enough to pull 4500 pounds of load which is rather commendable. 

Models

2011 Buick Enclave

2011 GMC Acadia SUV

2011 Volvo XC90

2011 Lincoln MKT

MSRP

$35,865

$32,000

$38,400

$44,300

Engine

3.6-liter V6

3.6-liter V6

3.2-liter inline-6

3.7-liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

288 @ 6300

288 @ 6300 

235 @ 6200

268 @ 6250

Torque (ft-lb @ rpm)

270 @ 3400

270 @ 3400

236 @ 3200

267 @ 4250 

0-60 Mph (sec)

7.4

7.3

8.9

8.1

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.9

15.4

16.7

15.9

Top Speed

130

115

118

N/A

With a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds, the Enclave comes in just behind its sibling the GMC Acadia which is to be expected, as the Acadia is a tad lighter as well. Both the siblings manage to trump their competitors, thanks to a significant power advantage which shows when you are driving them sedately as well. While the Lincoln MKT falls marginally short in the 60mph run, the Volvo XC90 records a time of 8.9 seconds, which is considerably slower than all of its competitors.

2011 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

9.0/10

An EPA estimate of 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG out on the highway does mean that the Enclave isn’t as economical as many would like since it trails the entire pack and drops dead last. The higher gear ratios on the automatic transmission and the Enclave’s notorious habit of upshifting too early had us believe that it might return stellar numbers but alas that is not the case. The AWD variants have even worse numbers to showcase while if you are planning on towing with your enclave, you can pretty much bid adieu to your fuel tank.

Models

2011 Buick Enclave

2011 GMC Acadia SUV

2011 Volvo XC90

2011 Lincoln MKT

City

16

16

16

17

Highway

24

24

22

23

Combined

20

20

18

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

22

22

21.1

18.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

352/528/440

352/528/440

337.6/464.2/379.8

316.2/427.8/353.4

Among the competition here, both the Enclave and Acadia are more efficient in terms of fuel economy, and thanks to their bigger fuel tanks they also manage to offer more range than their competitors which does result in fewer trips to the gas station after all. Their combined ranges of 440 miles each are almost 100 miles above what the Lincoln and Volvo average. 

2011 Buick Enclave Interior

7.0/10

On the interior front, the Enclave does make a substantial impression. The foremost thing that one notices is the ample cabin room avaiLable. Even the third row can house adults comfortably which not many cars in the segment can boast of. Not to forget the upscale interior presentation with the beige upholstery only adding to the ambiance. The dashboard design is also quite ergonomic and does stand out as well built since there is a generous slather of soft-touch materials and wood inlays. 

The one thing that kind of irks the buyer is the AC vent designs which are a little too quirky for a vehicle of the Enclave’s caliber and instead of feeling cohesive, can stand out like a sore thumb. The seats in each of the three rows are remarkably comfortable and offer decent bolstering even in the last row. The first two rows virtually have no flaws whatsoever, and the last row manages to mask most of the problems that a typical last row seating suffers from, making Enclave’s claim of accommodating 7 passengers something that we can happily digest. 

Models

2011 Buick Enclave

2011 GMC Acadia SUV

2011 Volvo XC90

2011 Lincoln MKT

Passenger Capacity

7

8

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

40.4/62/41.3

40.4/61.9/41.3

39.7/58.3/41.0

40.1/58.6/41.3

2nd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

39/61.4/36.9

39.3/61.1/36.9

38.4/57.4/34.6

39/58.1/41.8

3rd Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

37.2/57.4/33.2

38.4/57.8/33.2

35.5/54.1/30.1

33.5/49.1/33

Cargo Capacity to 3rd row (cubic feet)

23.3

24.1

8.8

N/A

Cargo Capacity to 2nd row (cubic feet)

86.9

68.9

43.3

17.9

Cargo capacity to 1st row (cubic feet)

115

116.9

85.1

75.9

The Buick and GMC simply annihilate their competition when it comes to space both in-cabin and cargo as they have a considerable leg up on their competition. All the added room proves to make these vehicles that bit more practical which is what most buyers are looking for in this segment. However, the 2011 Lincoln MKT does have remarkable legroom in the second row, however, it can only seat five passengers in comparison. 

Some of the Buick’s notable interior features are as follows:

  • Vinyl upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Electric power steering
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Interior air filtration 
  • Optional second-row captain seats

How intuitive is the 2011 Buick Enclave’s Infotainment unit?

The touch screen head unit on the 2011 Buick Enclave proves to be a decent offering as it has a predictable interface and isn’t too much of a pain to navigate around. With features such as high-quality Bluetooth streaming, in-built navigation, and satellite radio support, we would be hard-pressed to not dub it feature-rich. 

The 6 speaker stock audio system does a tremendous job at producing some clear vocals and definitive separation but if you are a true audiophile then stepping up to the optional 10-speaker Bose audio system is a must. 

Some of the noteworthy features on the Enclave’s infotainment are mentioned below:

  • Adjustable speed-sensitive volume control
  • 3 months of satellite radio service
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Optional navigation system 
  • Radio data system
  • Auxiliary audio input

2011 Buick Enclave Exterior

7.0/10

One of the few things that are personally not up to everyone’s taste in the Enclave has got to be its exterior styling. Although many tend to love how it looks, there is a section of buyers who don’t approve the same. The waterfall grille design coupled with the headlights lends the otherwise brilliant vehicle a stubby front end that somewhat resembles a raccoon which isn’t what we appreciate for a luxury vehicle. 

The heavy chrome treatment, van-like proportions, and an overall quirky exterior make the Buick’s silhouette a little too in your face which isn’t to our taste but could be to yours! However, the subtle body creases do try hard to add some character to its profile. 

Type

2011 Buick Enclave

2011 GMC Acadia SUV

2011 Volvo XC90

2011 Lincoln MKT

Curb Weight (lbs)

4780

4656

4851

4871

Length (inches)

202

201

189.3

207.6

Width (inches)

79

78

74.7

76

Height (inches)

70

73

70.2

67.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

7

8.9

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

119

119

112.6

117.9

The Buick is the largest vehicle overall in the pack and the hefty weight that tags alongside it can prove to be a little troublesome when maneuvering it around. The higher ground clearance does lend some peace of mind but doesn’t expect to take the Enclave off-road any day as we highly doubt the Buick’s AWD would come in clutch for anything more than the occasional snow on the road. The MKT however, is the longest and resembles more of a wagon-like stance, it's also the heaviest of the lot.

Some of the more notable exterior features on the Buick are as follows:

  • Sculpted ellipsoid headlights
  • Waterfall grille and louvered gills
  • Standard 19-inch aluminum wheels/ 20-inch chrome-clad wheels optional
  • Dual exhaust

2011 Buick Enclave Safety

7.0/10

With a 5-star crash test rating from the NHTSA and an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS, we are glad to report that the 2011 Buick Enclave doesn’t disappoint even when it comes to safety. The fact that the IIHS has also dubbed it a “TOP SAFETY PICK” vehicle after the recent revisions to its testing standards is a huge win for Buick. The Enclave manages to not only come with some great safety features, but from its very inception, Buick has managed to make the Enclave great at resisting topple overs and the overall construction of its shell does give it an edge over its rivals.

Some of the key Safety features are:

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control

2011 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

The 2011 Buick Enclave is a solid deal for most buyers that are looking for a decently luxurious high riding vehicle that can haul people or load at your wish. There are very few candidates that can do what the Enclave can which makes it quite easy to recommend this Buick. Although we find it a tad hard to digest the Enclave’s exterior styling, it might not be a deal-breaker for most and to those, the Enclave would be a great choice!

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