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2023 Buick Enclave Review, Pricing, and Specs

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The Enclave 2023 is Buick’s Enter the fiercely competitive mid-size luxury SUV game and it falls short. Despite its attractive styling and value-driven packaging, the Enclave just can’t compete with luxury brand competitors, many of which cost just a few thousand dollars more. Viewed through the lens of premium rather than sheer luxury, the Enclave finds its place among a number of competitors that share the same line, including the Acura MDX and the Infiniti QX60 as well as high-end versions of the Kia Telluride and the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. All models come with a smooth 3.6-liter V6, and Buick has taken extra steps to create a muffled cabin that relaxes on long road trips. The generous list of standard features also helps the Enclave advertise itself, but buyers cross-shopping similarly sized SUVs are turning it down bmw, Mercedes Benzand Volvo will find that the Enclave’s presentation lacks the polish that makes these European offerings more desirable.

What’s new for 2023?

The Enclave’s Sport Touring Package, available only on entry-level Essence trim, swaps its polished 20-inch wheels for gloss black-painted ones for 2023. The only other change to the Enclave is a new exterior color: Moonstone Gray Metallic.

Prices and which to buy

Spending big bucks on the top-of-the-line Avenir model doesn’t quite get you the luxury setting we expect from a premium SUV, so we’d save the money and go with the entry-level Essence. It’s a well-appointed family vehicle with plenty of features – like Wi-Fi, leather seats and six USB ports – that will keep passengers happy. We’d recommend treating yourself to the Sport Touring Package, which swaps out the Essence’s 18-inch wheels for more attractive 20-inch wheels and adds body-colored door handles for a more streamlined look.

engine, transmission and performance

Under the hood of each Enclave is a 3.6-liter V6 developing 310 hp. It drives either the front wheels or all four wheels via a discreet nine-speed automatic. Our loaded Avenir test vehicle made it on our test track 60 km/h in 6.5 seconds. It’s not the fastest crossover, but the Enclave is fast enough that there’s never a worry when merging onto the freeway, and the engine goes about its work while exiting the passenger cabin undisturbed. A well-damped suspension helps the three-row SUV hide its bulk, but it never feels quite as sporty as, say, the Audi Q7. Instead, the Enclave trades comfort for a luxurious ride that glides over pockmarked asphalt and barely registers hard impacts. The steering offers a fair amount of feedback for a crossover with crisp response and moderate effort. For those who need towing capacity, the Buick can tow up to 5000 pounds when properly outfitted.

Fuel consumption and MPG in the real world

It’s unfair to expect economy car efficiency from a mighty threesome like the Enclave, but rivals like that do Volvo XC90 simply outshine the Buick in our test. While the EPA’s ratings have these people carriers in a close heat with each other, the XC90 has comfortably beaten its EPA highway estimate. On our economical 75 mph stretch of highway, which is part of our extensive testing program, the four-wheel drive enclave Avenir delivered exactly as promised: 25 mpg. Not bad, but not on the level of the others. For more information on the Enclave’s fuel economy, see EPA website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The Enclave’s cabin is as spacious inside as you would expect from a vehicle of this size, and Buick has incorporated many comfort and convenience features. Overall, the interior design is nice and practical, but the quality of materials and attention to detail keep the Enclave from being competitive with its luxury brand rivals. The wood trim looks and feels chintzy, the sun visors for the optional panoramic roof aren’t powered, and only the second-row passenger-side seat slides forward to allow third-row passengers to get in and out – a clear reduction in costs affects comfort. If cargo space is your primary concern, the Enclave is the best choice in this segment, offering the most cubic feet of storage in any of its configurations. In our tests, it swallowed a whopping 38 carry-on boxes with all the seats down and had room for an impressive five carry-on bags behind its electrically operated third row of seats.

infotainment and connectivity

Nestled in the dash between two asymmetrical air vents is the Enclave’s standard 8.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system. The interface is user-friendly and presented in a beautiful arrangement with crisp graphics and a wealth of features. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and users can connect their devices to the internet via a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates is optional, as is a wireless charging pad for smartphones. All three rows of seats also have two USB ports for charging devices.

Safety and driver assistance functions

A lot of standards driver assistance technologies are offered even on the preferred base model, but buyers wanting to upgrade to features like adaptive cruise control will need to upgrade to higher trim or purchase an option package. For more information on the Enclave’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) Web pages. Key security features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist with Lane Keeping Assist as standard
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Buick offers the most powertrain warranty coverage among its main competitors and even sweetens the deal with a free service visit within the first year of ownership. The XC90’s powertrain warranty isn’t as long as the Buick’s, but the Volvo offers longer free maintenance and more years of corrosion protection.

  • The limited warranty is four years or 50,000 miles
  • The powertrain warranty is six years or 70,000 miles
  • Free maintenance is covered for the first visit

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2022 Buick Enclave Avenir AWD
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, Front/All Wheel Drive, 7 Passenger, 4 Door Wagon

PRICE
Base/as tested: $58,295/$60,450
Options: Avenir Technology Package (adaptive dampers, upgraded headlights), $1595; trailer pack, $650;

ENGINE
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct injection
Displacement: 223 inches33649 cm3
Power: 310 hp at 6800 rpm
Torque: 266 lb-ft at 2800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: Struts/Multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.6″ ventilated disc / 12.4″ ventilated disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX20
255/55R-20 107H M+S TPC

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 120.9 inches
Length: 204.8 inches
Width: 78.8 inches
Height: 69.9 inches
Passenger volume: 157 ft3
Cargo volume: 24 ft3
Curb weight: 4687 lbs

CD TEST RESULTS
60mph: 6.5 sec
1/4 mile: 15.0 sec at 94 mph
100mph: 17.2s
130mph: 31.3s

Omit results above 1 foot rollout from 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5-60 mph: 6.8 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top gear, 80-110 km/h: 4.6 sec
top speed (CD Estimated): 130mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 176 ft
Road holding, 300 ft skidpad: 0.83 g

CD FUEL SAVING
Observed: 16 mpg
75-mile highway driving: 23 mpg
Freeway range: 490 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/17/25 mpg

CD EXAMINATION EXPLAINED

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Connecticut mansion hides 30-car underground garage

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If you want a quarantine palace for the next pandemic, there’s a home in Greenwich, Connecticut that has already proven up to the task. Built in 2009, the owner could have spent years here protecting himself from the Great Recession. The 17,878 square foot main house is spread over 19.6 acres on three lots and sits on the largest lot of 8.71 acres. Apartment seekers will find 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, five half-baths, space to park six cars above ground in the garage and porte-cochere — and space to park an additional 30 cars in an underground garage.

This is the first time the house has been listed as a historic monument since its construction. The getaway, listed by Rob Johnson at Brown Harris Stevens, has been on the market for at least five months at a price of $33.8 million. It’s easy to call that price crazy, but every regular reader has seen a limited edition hypercars So asking for $4 million or more before it’s released isn’t necessarily the bar to possible weirdness.

If parking isn’t enough for 36 rides, the unconnected lots are 5.3 and 5.13 acres, enough to fit a few hundred cars and a few righteous man’s shelters as opposed to mere man caves.

The rest of the property includes pretty much everything you would expect from the Mansion Starter Kit: double staircase in the grand entrance foyer, master suite, huge eat-in kitchen, formal and informal dining rooms, living room and bar areas, several offices, library, mudroom off the above-ground garage, gym and “Playground”, golf simulation room, wine cellar, seven wood burning fireplaces, staff cottage, pools and spas and an indoor kennel big enough for three large dogs. The Zillow List says the house comes with a washer and dryer so don’t worry about the appliances getting nickel and did. That’s money you can save for property taxes, which will total $381,264 annually the latest mill rate for Greenwich when the property has been appraised at the asking price.

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Cadillac’s V-LMDh race car looks mean on the track

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Cadillac delivered the first look at its in June new LMDh race car which will compete at the highest level in both the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship next year in the GTP and Hypercar classes.

Dubbed the V-LMDh, the new racer is currently being tested at racetracks across the country, and this week Cadillac released a video showing some of the testing that was recently held at Georgia’s Road Atlanta.

Cadillac is yet to reveal full details on the V-LMDh, but we do know that the car uses a Dallara chassis and runs a hybrid powertrain with a 5.5-liter dual overhead cam V8 for the internal combustion component. There is also a single engine generator, probably positioned on the front axle. According to LMDh rules, powertrain output must be limited to 670 hp.

Cadillac describes the V-8 as a newly developed unit, meaning it’s not just the engine out of it Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Racing car, also a DOHC V8 with a displacement of 5.5 liters. Judging by the audio in the video, the V-LMDh’s engine doesn’t run with a flat crank like in the Corvette C8.R (and Corvette Z06).

Cadillac is partnering with two of its existing partner teams for its LMDh campaign in the current DPi class of the SportsCar Championship, which will be replaced by the GTP class next year. The teams are Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing. Chip Ganassi Racing was responsible for the Ford GT’s picture-perfect victory in the GTE Pro class 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016this was the 50th anniversary of Ford’s famous win over Ferrari in the GT40 at the French classic.

Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande will drive the V-LMDh for Chip Ganassi Racing in the SportsCar Championship, and Action Express Racing will drive Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims. Additional drivers for both teams will be announced at a later date.

Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook drive the V-LMDh in the World Endurance Championship. The car will be used by Chip Ganassi Racing and will run for the full season, which means one run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It will be Cadillac’s first return to the French classic after 21 years.

The GTP and Hypercar classes in which Cadillac will compete are open to both the new LMDh cars and the current LMH cars, with Balance of Performance rules planned to ensure a level playing field.

Acura, bmwand Porsche will also use LMDh race cars, and alpine and Lamborghini will join the fight in 2024. By Kolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, peugeotand Toyota are all committed to the LMH category.

The first race for LMDh will be the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona next January. The race is the inaugural round of the 2023 SportsCar Championship.

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Report: Mercedes Rent-a-Horsepower Subscription Illegal in Europe

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUVMercedes-Benz has launched a plan to do this Let EV buyers subscribe to extra power for their cars for a fee. But only in the US

Top Gear Netherlands reports: “In Europe, Mercedes electric cars will not yet offer subscriptions to add additional horsepower”. A spokesman told Top Gear: “It depends on legal matters.”

$1,200 a year here

The subscription costs US Mercedes owners $1,200 per year. It shortens the time from 0 to 100 km/h of our all-electric Mercedes models by one second or less: that EQE sedan, EQE SUV, EQS sedan, and EQS SUV.

It’s probably a sign of things to come. Many automakers have publicly toyed with locking vehicle features and performance levels behind subscriptions.

Can be a sign of the future

Now that many cars have wireless internet connections, automakers could send a signal to turn a feature — like a heated steering wheel or a software program that adds extra horsepower — on or off to a car in an owner’s driveway.

That could create a world where buyers add or remove features with a mobile app and pay subscription fees to do so.

Fees could affect convenience features — BMW has been experimenting with monthly payments for heated seats in some markets. They could affect performance, as with Mercedes’ new acceleration boost. They could even involve advanced technologies – Volkswagen recently unveiled a concept with self-driving software that calculates ticket prices depending on where you want it to take you.

Better for automakers

The idea could simplify car construction.

Today, if an automaker wants to sell a car with a choice of two audio systems, they must design and build two different audio systems. Often automakers have to stop a factory production line to switch to new equipment to build different trim levels and guess how many of each option package the market will demand.

In the subscription-based future, it could be cheaper to build every car with the same features. Automakers could then allow buyers to turn them on and off over time, with fluctuating monthly car payments based on what features owners have enabled each month.

The same automaker could design and install a 16-speaker audio system in any car. You could then have buyers pay for active eight, 12, or 16 speakers.

It would also give them a revenue stream from even used cars. You might buy a used car but still have to pay the company that built it for the automatic high beams or extra power you want.

Some consumers, lawmakers pushback

Buyers hate the idea. Our research shows that only 25% of drivers are open to it.

And apparently few European legislators.

Europe is known for stronger consumer protection than America. But the idea that governments should step in to ban subscription plans is starting to take root in the States.

Two New Jersey lawmakers have proposed a similar ban on subscription services in that state.

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