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Type: Four-door, front- /all-wheel-drive full-size util­ity ve­hi­cle. Engine (h.p.): 3.6-liter DOHC V6 (302). Trans­mis­sion: Nine-speed au­to­matic.

Mar­ket po­si­tion: The pre­vi­ous En­clave was a fa­vorite among empty-nesters and re­tirees, but the new model — with more in­te­rior space and a $40,000 base price — will likely also ap­peal to younger, more af­flu­ent fam­i­lies.

Points: New de­sign and di­men­sions en­hances ap­peal Par­ent Gen­eral ☛ Mo­tors con­tin­ues to prune ex­cess weight from vir­tu­ally all of its sedans and tall wag­ons Stan­dard V6 is strong enough, ☛ and now is more fuel-ef­fi­cient New ☛ Avenir model could ri­val Cadil­lac wag­ons in con­tent, but some ex­tra horse­power would make the Buick more de­sir­able.

Ac­tive safety: Blind-spot warn­ing with backup cross-traf­fic alert (opt.); emer­gency brak­ing (opt.); lane-de­par­ture warn­ing (std.); pedes­trian alert (opt.); lane keep­ing as­sist/ warn­ing (opt.).

MPG (city/hwy): 17/25 ( FWD). Base price (incl. des­ti­na­tion): $40,000.

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