Image via Flickr by Automotive Rhythms

Image via Flickr by Automotive Rhythms

Looking for a new family vehicle? Consider the 2016 Buick Enclave AWD. When it comes to space, the Enclave leaves many competitors in the dust, with a quiet and comfortable interior that makes it a pleasure to drive. Meanwhile, its safety and performance offer the peace of mind you want for your family.

Safety and Convenience

The Enclave’s last major redesign came with the 2013 models (pictured above), but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t improved over the years since. With the newest version of OnStar comes 4G LTE connectivity and an in-car WiFi hot spot. The 2016 Enclave is also equipped with an IntelliLink 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, and Sirius XM radio. Depending on which trim level you choose, you can enjoy luxury features such as heated and cooled front seats and a premium sound system. A rear entertainment system and moonroof can also be added.

When it comes to safety, the 2016 Enclave has earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and high marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Safety-enhancing features include a rearview camera, blind-spot and rear-traffic alerts, and forward-collision and lane-departure warnings.

Power and Performance

Under its hood, the 2016 Enclave sports a reliable 3.6L V6 engine capable of 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the towing package, the AWD model can tow up to 4,500 pounds. The StabiliTrak kicks in when your wheels and steering wheel aren’t aligned, and traction control works to reduce wheel spin. Additionally, the AWD itself monitors road conditons and sends power to whichever wheels have the best grip in slippery conditions.

The highest praise from reviewers has come for the Enclave’s QuietTuning technology, which more than lives up to its name. The triple-sealed doors and laminated glass keep noise out, while the specially tuned suspension reduces vibration. You’ll have no problem hearing your passengers or radio, even at highway speeds.

Cargo Space and Seating

The 2016 Buick Enclave can seat either seven or eight, depending on whether you opt for two captain’s chairs in the second row or a three-person bench seat. Eight seats is particularly impressive and appealing for large families, while the seven-seat configuration provides the benefit of more space and comfort for second-row passengers.

SmartSlide seating makes it easy to move the second row seats forward or back for access to the third row. This row offers more room than most SUVs can claim, with a cushion that is off the floor and 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats. With both the second and third rows folded, cargo space increases to just over 115 cubic feet — enough room to lay sheets of plywood or drywall flat.

Drivers and passengers alike will enjoy what the 2016 Buick Enclave AWD has to offer. No matter who or what you need to bring with you, this crossover has plenty of room. QuietTuning technology ensures comfortable ride, while the available rear entertainment system and built-in WiFi hot spot provide enough entertainment options for big families and long road trips. Factor in its high safety scores, and the Enclave easily becomes the family vehicle of your dreams.

A Gentle Giant: The 2016 Buick Enclave AWD

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