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MSRP: $38,890 - $48,465
Invoice: $36,946 - $46,042
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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Buick Enclave Interior

Auto reviewers like the widespread use of upscale materials, as well as the great build quality and overall design of the Enclave’s cabin. One reviewer also mentions that the Enclave is quiet on the highway.

  • "Enclave's interior is nicely assembled and uses high-quality materials. Chrome and wood-finish accents help convey an upscale vibe, as does the available leather upholstery and contrast stitch detailing." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Buick's QuietTuning method of in-vehicle noise reduction may sound like marketing hype, but there is actually something to it. At higher speeds the interior remains delightfully calm and free of the racket that can fatigue occupants on long drives." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Buick Enclave interior exists in a realm somewhere between regular- and luxury-branded crossovers. For 2013, certain materials were upgraded, such as the large swath of padded, leather-look material covering the dash with contrast stitching that looks and feels classy." -- Edmunds (2013)

Seating

The 2014 Enclave comes standard with seating for seven with second-row bucket seats. Upper trims with the available second-row bench seat can seat eight. Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat are optional.

Reviewers are generally pleased with the comfort and space in the front seats of the Enclave. One critic says that the second row is spacious enough for three people, and that people 6-feet tall will fit in the third row, though perhaps not very comfortably. A couple reviewers mention that rearward visibility is poor, but one says that the available rear obstacle detection system helps with this. Another test driver appreciates that the second-row seats fold and slide easily to allow access to the third row.

  • "With the 2nd-row seats moved forward, 6-footers will fit in the 3rd row, but they'll ride knees-up. The bench seats are wide enough for adults to sit 3-across seating, but the center seating position doesn't have as much cushioning." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Available with either 7- or 8-passenger seating, the Enclave features slide-and-fold second-row seats that can be operated with one hand, clearing a wide path to the third-row seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front seat comfort also scores very high, with a highly adjustable driver seat. If there's one significant downside it's limited rear visibility." -- Edmunds (2013)

Interior Features                                                

The 2014 Buick Enclave comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Buick’s touch screen-controlled IntelliLink infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a backup camera and rear parking sensors. Optional equipment includes a power sunroof, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind zone alert and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Test drivers are impressed with the Enclave’s IntelliLink system, noting that the touch screen’s controls are intuitive. One reviewer also mentions that the controls for the climate system are well-designed and easy to use. Another is impressed with the clean design of the instrument panel and the easy-to-read gauges.

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  • "Enclave's clearly marked, well lit gauges are easy to read no matter what time of day. The IntelliLink infotainment system's touchscreen controls take some practice to master, but generally they are intuitive to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2014 Buick Enclave has a handsome instrument panel with stylized instrument faces and clean integration of the IntelliLink touch-screen display." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The climate controls now are operated by three easy-to-use knobs, while every Enclave features GM's IntelliLink interface. This consists of a large touchscreen with menu icons that can be arranged however you wish -- just like a smartphone. ... The touchscreen interface has a clean layout and intuitive menu structure, but it can be problematic at times due to occasionally missed inputs and delayed reactions." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 with the third row folded and 115.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows of seats folded. These dimensions are among the largest in the class, and the Enclave offers more overall cargo space than some large SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Enclave also comes standard with a power liftgate. Reviewers are very pleased with the Enclave’s available cargo space, as well as its small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "Usable space behind a raised 3rd-row seat is more generous than most midsize SUVs, plus there is an underfloor compartment as well. The 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold easily to form a flat, nearly-level load floor. We like the standard power liftgate too. Interior small-item storage is good and includes several bins and cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo space behind the third row is unusually generous for this class, and the easy operation of the seats makes it a cinch to haul larger items." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Fold down both rows and you get a whopping 115 feet -- more than any other large luxury crossover." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 3/12/14

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