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Avg. Price Paid: $21,419 - $26,408
Original MSRP: $35,865 - $44,345
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Buick Enclave Interior

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The 2011 Enclave's cabin is very spacious, with plenty of room for up to eight passengers and cargo. In addition, it's extremely upscale for its class and boasts plenty of standard and optional features.

  • "The well-assembled interior includes high-quality materials. Chrome and wood-finish trim accents impart a classy ambiance. The standard cloth upholstery is nice enough, but the optional leather feels more upscale." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Enclave's cabin feels upscale. Its surfaces are low-gloss and the various panels fit together nicely." -- Edmunds
  • "When I opened the door that sparkle could be seen everywhere, as the interior ambience is upscale and very sophisticated. Not only are the seats comfortable, they are luxuriously covered with soft-stitched leather. The trim also contains leather that blends with the burl wood mixed with brushed aluminum trim." -- The Washington Times

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Seating

Test drivers say the Enclave's seating is comfortable, though like any three-row SUV, the seats get more cramped the further back you go. Still, reviewers agree that the Enclave's third row is more spacious than most midsize SUVs.

The second row can seat either two or three, depending on whether it's equipped with the bench seat or captain's chairs. Heated front seats are standard on mid-level CXL models, while top-of-the-line CXL2 models add a cooling function.

  • "Easy entry through large doors, and the 2nd-row seats tilt and slide forward to ease access to the 3rd row. Whether buckets or bench, the 2nd-row seats slide fore and aft about 3 inches to benefit either 2nd- or 3rd-row legroom. With the 2nd row slid forward, the 3rd row can accommodate 6-footers, though they'll ride knees-up. The bench seats are wide enough for 3-across seating for adults, but center-seat cushioning is stingy." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A six-foot-four colleague pronounces the third row 'usable,' but another tall tester notes the front seatbelt harness does not adjust above abnormal shoulder level." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features                                                

The Enclave features plenty of standard features -- including seating for up to eight, a tilt and telescopic steering column, OnStar and tri-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include a navigation system with built-in rearview camera and a rear-seat entertainment system.

  • "Clear, luminous gauges are easy to see in all light conditions. The optional navigation system absorbs most audio functions, but doesn't complicate their use. Climate controls are mounted fairly low but are within easy reach. Their push buttons are less convenient than rotary knobs." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The dash features three arches trimmed in wood. The vents are elegant ovals, and even the PRNDL readout on the center console is encased in a clear lens, a concept-car touch that never seems to make it into production." -- Road and Track

Cargo

The Enclave's cargo capacity is a hit with reviewers. It provides a maximum of 115 cubic feet of space if you fold down the second and third rows. Reviewers say that space is good even with all three rows in use. The Enclave’s capacity beats many of its competitors, such as the more expensive Lincoln MKT (which provides a maximum of 75.9 cubic feet).

  • "A strong point. Enclave's cargo volume is largest among premium midsize SUVs, rivaling that of many large SUVs. There's more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus a handy underfloor compartment." -- Consumer Guide
  • "One touch of a button on the keyfob raises the rear liftgate, providing access to the Enclave CXL's rear cargo, which can easily stow several bags of golf clubs." -- The Washington Times
  • "Despite its ample measure of functionality, it's true that the 2011 Buick Enclave still can't match a minivan when it comes to practicality; the Enclave offers less cargo space, and its lack of sliding doors makes it more difficult to load rear passengers. In its favor, though, is its sheet metal: This Buick is a lot more stylish than any minivan." -- Edmunds

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