Combining luxury and versatility, the CXL sits at the top of the 2009 Buick Enclave's lineup of midsize crossovers. This front-wheel-drive SUV adds plenty of comfort features, including heated front seats, leather upholstery, 8-way and 4-way power front seats with driver's memory settings, a garage opener, and four 12V power outlets in the first and second rows. It also gets 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.
Powering all this is a 3.6-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 with 275 hp and 254 ft-lbs of torque at 3,200 RPM. It comes paired with a 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2009 Enclave CXL seats seven, with two rows of reclining bucket seats and a third-row bench. A second-row bench is optional if you need to fit eight passengers. Both rear rows fold flat, and the second row also flips and slides forward. Cargo capacity starts at 18.9 cubic feet, but opens up to 116 with both rows folded. A power liftgate, rear window wiper, and roof rack are all standard. In addition to the comfort upgrades, the 2009 Enclave has full power accessories, keyless entry, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, front and rear climate control, heated mirrors, front intermittent wipers, a trip computer, Bluetooth, a 6-speaker CD player with MP3 input jack, satellite radio, and tilt and telescopic steering. Leather and real wood trim continue the luxury feel. On the dash sit a tachometer, temperature gauge, and compass.
Like the CX, the 2009 Enclave CXL earns top marks in crash tests. Dual-stage dual front-side airbags offer passenger deactivation. Side curtain airbags cover all rows. Traction and stability control, rollover mitigation, 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and front and rear stabilizer bars keep passengers safe. Other important safety equipment includes xenon headlamps, foglights, automatic headlights, a tire monitor, and OnStar. You can boost the safety profile by adding an optional rearview camera, parking sensors, and a navigation system. Also available are remote start and a sunroof.