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Author Topic: Acadia Denali vs Buick Enclave, ride and handling differences  (Read 7451 times, 9 Replies)
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« on: June 13, 2011, 11:30:20 PM »

I drove the Buick and did not like it at all. Ride felt very soft, cushy and disconnected. Handling seemed rubbery and imprecise. I was half way out the door and the dealer suggested driving the Acadia Denail which was not on my radar at the time. I expected it to be the same as the Buick and almost skipped it but the ride was notably firmer and handling was much much better IMO. I know the Denali had 20" wheels vs the 19" in the enclave I tested. The question is, does the enclave and acadia have different suspensions and different handling characteristics and is this what would be expected or was this an anomaly? Could it simply be the wheel size and tire differences? Any thoughts and or similar or conflicting experiences would be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 11:35:01 PM »

I think you will find that the Enclave models have this soft, cushy ride vs the "firmer" handling of the Acadia model.  The Enclave is the "premier" Lambda model and as such has a different suspension set up
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 05:50:05 AM »

I believe you'll find different suspension packages within each Lambda line as well.  Isn't there an offering of "standard" suspension and "sport-tuned" (or "touring") suspension through the Chevy, GMC and Buick lines?
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 03:07:50 PM »

That's what you get with a Buick.  I'm driving a rental Lucerne this week - man do I feel old.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 04:25:42 PM »

That's what you get with a Buick.  I'm driving a rental Lucerne this week - man do I feel old.

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Hey I don't feel old when I drive the Enclave!  Love how smooth and quiet it is.  I said before I thought the Outlook was a nice riding and quiet SUV until I rode in the Enclave. 

I drove the Buick and did not like it at all. Ride felt very soft, cushy and disconnected. Handling seemed rubbery and imprecise. I


Don't have the same handling as you mentioned above.  My Enclave handles great and is precise.
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 08:52:40 PM »

Enclave breaks the mold a bit - Lucerne however - classic Buick if you know what I mean.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011, 07:39:24 AM »

Enclave breaks the mold a bit - Lucerne however - classic Buick if you know what I mean.

Yep I do the loaner Reichard would give me when the Outlook was in the shop was a LeSabre.  Lots of miles on it yet it was a real soft cushy ride nothing in comparison to the Enclave.
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 10:29:18 AM »

I wouldn't trade my Denali for any Enclave out there, just don't like the window design, front end or the dash. This is just my personal opinion. I'm sure that the Enclave is a fine ride, just not my favorite. I sure hope that they don't down size the Acadia.
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 02:02:49 PM »

One contributing factor will be the tires.  Away from 19's vs 20's the Michelins on the Buick are only S rated so that will make it smoother but not handle as well.
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011, 04:16:38 PM »

I had a hard time deciding between the Acadaia and Enclave. I noticed the same thing as the original poster. In the end, I got my Acadia Denali today  Grin and the better handling was definitely an influence.
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