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MSRP: $39,050 - $49,305
Invoice: $37,098 - $46,840
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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Buick Enclave Interior

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Buick Enclave's cabin is comparable to those found in more luxurious rivals, remarking that it is handsome and features a number of soft-touch materials. Auto journalists are also impressed with the Enclave's spaciousness, as it has an adult-friendly third row and one of the largest cargo capacities in the class.

  • "We particularly like the padded vinyl trim on the dashboard: Thanks to contrasting stitching, it looks like real leather and contributes to the Buick's classy ambience." -- Edmunds
  • "While the Acadia takes on a more truck-like personality, the Traverse is a well-rounded everyday runner, and the Enclave is the most upscale member of the family. It isn't quite at the caliber of a Lexus or a Mercedes, but for the price, it might present the best near-luxury value among 3-row vehicles." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 Buick Enclave is the American brand's answer to luxury 3-row crossover SUVs such as the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60. Like those upscale family haulers, the Buick is awash with amenities such as plush interiors, premium audio and advanced safety systems." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Aside from unconvincing faux wood trim, the interior wouldn't look out of place in a more much expensive luxury vehicle." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The 2015 Enclave has standard seating for seven, though an available middle-row bench seat boosts seating capacity to eight. With either configuration, the second row slides back and forth. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, while leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable passenger seat are available. Reviewers report that the Enclave's seating is very spacious, with ample headroom in the front and plenty of third-row legroom. Test drivers appreciate the sliding second row, which can be moved forward to improve access to the third row, or moved rearward to increase legroom in the second row. However, a few critics mention that the second-row seat cushions are mounted too low for optimal comfort.

  • "The seats also have fore/aft adjustment - when scooted rearward, the second-row seat provides more legroom for taller passengers, while adjusting it forward results in more storage space or additional legroom for third-row passengers." -- Left Lane News
  • "Legroom is generous even in the third row, as is rear cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front-row passengers will enjoy abundant head- and legroom, as will most second-row occupants. But those middle-row seat cushions are mounted a bit low, which impacts comfort for adults. Sliding those seats all the way back helps alleviate this issue, but doing so effectively kills third-row legroom." -- Edmunds

Interior Features                                                

Standard features on the 2015 Enclave include tri-zone automatic climate control, Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Optional features include a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind zone alert and a rear-seat entertainment system.

While auto journalists say that operating the IntelliLink system is straightforward, some critics note that the touch screen's buttons are overly sensitive, can be slow to respond and hard to hit accurately when driving. Others comment that the screen is positioned low on the dash, and is out of the driver’s direct line of sight.

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  • "IntelliLink allows smartphone radio app integration, and features a clean layout and intuitive menu structure. The screen itself is mounted low in the driver's sight line, however, and requires a longer glance away from the road than we'd like. In addition, the system is sometimes slow to respond to touch inputs (and occasionally misses them entirely), making the interface a bit frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • "Step into the 2015 Buick Enclave and you'll see a handsome front panel with stylized instrument faces and clean integration of the IntelliLink touch-screen display. The display blends hard buttons and touch-based controls, the latter of which can be - if you'll excuse the pun - too touchy, especially when you're driving at freeway speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The most appreciated changes, however, are to the climate controls. Last years' flat buttons are replaced with two knobs accented with brightly lit LED temperature readouts. They're immediately intuitive and a step forward in ergonomics and design." -- Truck Trend (2013)

Cargo

The Enclave offers 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 68.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 115.2 cubic feet with both the middle and rear rows folded. Reviewers observe that the 2015 Enclave offers more cargo capacity than most rivals, and some appreciate that the second row can be slid forward to maximize the amount of cargo space behind it.

  • "The Enclave bests all of its competitors when it comes to cargo capacity, though." -- Edmunds
  • "Not only does the Enclave seat up to eight in comfort, the ingeniously-designed 2nd-row seats, with flip-up cushions and the capability to slide fore-and-aft, make it easy to access the 3rd-row seat or to increase the cargo capacity for those trips home from the big-box store." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… a full 23 cubic feet of cargo space is available with all seats in place. Fold all but the front seats down, and that figure increases to a class-leading 115 cubes." -- Left Lane News
Review Last Updated: 12/9/14

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