Believe it or not, the 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 that powers the Enclave can make it move surprisingly quickly for a large crossover, allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. This is probably irrelevant to most buyers in this segment, but the result is effortless highway merges on short on-ramps. The nine-speed automatic transmission helps provide a smooth drive, as it shifts quickly without drama, and it doesn't spend time nervously hunting for a better gear. The power of the engine makes it capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds if properly equipped, but the trade off is, predictably, poor gas mileage of only 21 miles per gallon combined.
All-wheel drive is optional on most trims, and Premium and Avenir models receive a system that includes a differential to send power to where it's needed, as opposed to using the brakes like the Essence model. In the corners, the Enclave's suspension keeps the body roll to a minimum, and the steering is accurate enough to give a surprising amount of confidence on twistier roads. Higher trims get an adaptive suspension system to further tailor the vehicle to road conditions and the driver's mood.
If you're looking for a mean, growling vehicle that makes you think you're behind the wheel of a sports car, the Enclave isn't it. Instead, the Enclave makes use of Buick's famous Quiet Tuning philosophy, with active noise cancellation and a significant amount of sound deadening material crammed into every nook and cranny.