It’s that time of year when the adventurous take road trips to lakes, picturesque farms, and small villages of New England. Well-traveled individuals and families will contribute to the growth of tourism in the north country because of its convenience, earthly beauty, and the anticipation of the region’s luscious green foliage turning into a kaleidoscope of color.
With a long list of seasonal events and festivals, the flavors and textures of home-grown recipes, pickling, and brewing, accentuated by contemporary culture, art, quilting, sculpture—even ice cream manufacturing; visitors will find there’s no shortage of “things to do” once you arrive to the Green Mountain State.
Many people who once visited Vermont now call it home. Perhaps they’re attracted to the state because they can interact with nature and take pride in the quality of life, environment, as well as the principals of sustainability and the preservation of forests and farmlands.
Moreover, many residents point out that the freedom to live your life as you see fit is as much about their lifestyles as neighboring, New Hampshire, whose motto is—Live Free or Die.
Like many of you, we’re always on the lookout for new experiences, and when we were offered to test the new 2020 Buick Enclave Essence ST; our bags were packed before the SUV was delivered.
Once the vehicle arrived, so made an impression. The shiny, new SUV, with only a couple of hundred miles on the odometer, and that sweet new car smell, was a powerful sensory experience. The woodgrain interior—polished bright—perfectly framed the plush cabin and the four luxurious buckets and rear bench seat. Noticeably, the combination of the interior’s exquisite design and tasteful appointments melded well into the practical vehicle loaded with style and elegance.
The new and beautifully trimmed ST class is not only pleasing on the eyes but also all other senses. A prime example of this is how General Motors design teams combined technology, navigation, and entertainment into a fully intuitive and luxury automobile driving experience.
The auto company’s effort to win the race on elevating soundproofing to the next level is evident by its quietness during the multiple surfaces we traveled over seven days. Cabin amenities are spot-on and compatible with the vehicles state-of-the-art functions, which elevates the new Enclave to a level of competition in line with much more expensive SUVs of this class.
The oversized 8-inch touchscreen is bright and centered; when hooked into Sirius XM satellite, rock concert music, talk-programming, and world events are easily accessible by a gentle fingertip or by intuitive controls on the steering wheel. Safety and visibility are stepped up in the new 2020 Enclave, due to a high-def rear camera and surround vision system, keeping drivers alert to those who might not be.
What gets this luxury SUV attention at practically every place we stopped, is its premier crossover style. More comfortable than the nearest competitor, the Buick Enclave’s seats wrap around passengers and engulf them in a luxurious driving experience. Our test vehicle had two expansive moonroofs, lumbar supports, and a stable ride. With the added extravagance of a three-row seating platform, the new 2020 Enclave provides much more convenience than a family would first realize, but later appreciate when venturing on an extended vacation.
The Enclave boasts almost 100 cubic feet of cargo space—seats down—and limo-like room when unfolded and in place. The closest example of what it’s like to take friends out for a ride can be summed up as; thrill ’em, entertain ’em, then bring them out for dinner or cart them up to your ski-house. The event will leave them left with a long-lasting impression of what it’s like to “go in style.”
As for the ride, the Buick, seven-passenger crossover, is smooth and responsive, even though it is a significant sized SUV, it has the agility of a leopard on the hunt; we found this out when driving from Stowe through Smugglers Notch. Along the narrow bolder-lined pass, the Enclave easily took on every type of twist, turn, dip and drop imaginable; the finesse of the vehicle’s soul is uncovered when it transforms into a road-hugging animal. Stable, and purposeful, the Enclave—whether in the wild or when driving in civilization, instills purpose and intent, combined with a solid sense of security.
The Enclave isn’t to be confused with racing-type performance—that will only get you watched by speed enforcement; rather, the 3.6-liter V6, with 302 horses, offers more than enough power to warrant respect by other road warriors, and will get you off the exit and into traffic without worry.
After our extensive touring, a feature that never ceased to impress us was how the 2020 Enclave was never thirsty for a drink. During the week—going from Littleton, NH, to Stowe, then Burlington VT and back to New Hampshire—we only filled the tank once; it was unbelievable. With an estimated 17-25 mpg’s,
we easily hit the top end of the range—maybe exceeding it.
The Buick Enclave Essence ST has a long list of standard features that create an exceptional ride; LED headlights, Bluetooth, Smartphone connections, WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, tons of power equipment, a specialized cabin filter, and supple leather appointments.
The new 2020 Buick Enclave is a premier member of the GM family, and when the ST style package is added to the options list, the enhanced trim level of a sport-type grill, 20" alloy wheels, and other cool features increase the desirability and attractiveness of the vehicle for all generations.
At about $49,780, (our ride), fits into the range of what most families expect to spend on an SUV offering this level of pleasure and options. The combination of interior room, style, and comfort, with a hefty allocation of modern aesthetics, the Buick Enclave Essence is a must-test drive choice when you find yourself in the market for an All-American brand with extraordinary quality and value.
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