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Buick Enclave

Year: Starting at $38,445 MPG 16-22 If a car is a fashion statement, the Buick Enclave is the polo shirt and pressed chinos of the automotive world—competent and a bit sedate. It’s also massively popular, with sales topping 57,000 in 2011, proving that the crossover is truly the new station wagon for the discerning family. Moderately restyled for 2013, the Enclave is offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, and in Convenience, Leather, and Premium trim levels. All have a V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission that yield 24 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive model. The four-wheel-drive model does slightly less, with 22 mpg on the highway. The three rows really do accommodate three rows of full-size passengers, but in consequence, there’s less luggage space in the back than might be desired, at a maximum of 23.3 cubic feet if you leave all rows of seats in place. Safety features include a front center side air bag, which Buick notes is an industry first, and a standard rear-vision camera. A power liftgate and remote start are both standard. Luxury add-ons abound, including a premium audio system, color-touch radio with DVD and navigation plus a seven-inch touchscreen, an eight-way passenger’s seat adjuster, and choccochino and cocoa leather color combinations for the interior. The chrome accents are real, the stitching on the door trim and interior is real, and so is Buick’s commitment to the upscale family buyer. …