The Enclave is Buick's entry in the full-size CUV segment and shares its Lamda platform with other GM SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse. Crossovers offer a practical package of large sport-utility-like cargo capacity with improved fuel mileage and more attractive styling than most minivans.
Automakers understand the importance of this growing market and are now offering CUVs with as much luxury as any upscale sedan. Buick has been working hard to update its image and appeal to younger buyers -- the Enclave is a perfect example of its success.
The 2014 Buick Enclave can be purchased with front-wheel or all-wheel drive in three trim levels. Prices start at $38,740. Power comes from the familiar 3.6-liter 288-horsepower V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and rated for 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.
Handling isn't what you'd call sporting -- but few owners will feel the urge to drive aggressively. Braking is solid for a full-size crossover with disc brakes all around. The Stabilitrak traction control system does a good job of keeping the Enclave from losing its grip.
The Enclave's exterior styling is elegant and subdued. It shares a strong corporate resemblance to the Traverse in profile, the Buick's front fascia is much more attractive than its conservative Chevrolet counterpart. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels come as standard, but 19- and 20-inch variants are available.
Inside, you'll find seating for seven, with an optional rear bench that increases passenger capacity to eight. The cabin is a comfortable, spacious and luxurious place to be with soft leather seats, and a well-styled dashboard trimmed with leather and wood. There's a generous amount of cargo space -- especially with the rear seats folded -- and plenty of high tech features to keep everyone entertained while traveling.
You'd be hard-pressed to find another full-size crossover with the same levels of luxury and amenities at this price. The 2014 Buick Enclave may be the perfect alternative to the minivan you were hoping to avoid.
The Convenience Group is the base model trim for the 2014 Buick Enclave with prices starting at $38,740 for the front-wheel drive version and $40,740 for the all-wheel drive variant. Interior features include cloth seating for seven and tri-zone climate control. Buick's Intellilink with Bluetooth connectivity comes standard, as does an audio system with mp3 compatibility, a CD player and satellite radio. Safety features include four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes and a free trial subscription to OnStar.
The Enclave's Leather Group is a step up from the Convenience trim level, with prices starting at $42,755 for the front-wheel drive version and $44,755 for the all-wheel drive variant. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, and 20-inch are optional. A sunroof -- not available on Convenience models -- is also available. Inside, you'll find leather upholstery and room for seven. With an optional rear bench seat, passenger capacity rises to eight.
The Enclave's Premium Group is the highest trim level available with prices starting at $46,315 for the front-wheel drive version and $48,315 for the all-wheel drive variant. Standard exterior features include articulating headlamps and power-folding heated side mirrors. Inside, buyers can opt for a Buick Intellilink system with a DVD player and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The NavTraffic system is an available option as well, providing up-to-the-minute traffic and accident information wherever you are.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Buick Enclave$34,496 | 20,449 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$35,728 | 18,165 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$35,998 | 16,590 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$36,924 | 20,969 mi
2013 BUICK Enclave$36,999 | 16,094 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$39,995 | 14,544 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$42,900 | 13,142 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$42,900 | 13,602 mi
2013 Buick Enclave$42,950 | 13,273 mi
2012 Buick Enclave$28,882 | 57,612 mi
2012 Buick Enclave$29,977 | 39,694 mi
2012 Buick Enclave$30,976 | 17,023 mi
2012 Buick Enclave$34,995 | 8,006 mi
2012 Buick Enclave$38,900 | 20,829 mi
2011 Buick Enclave$26,995 | 48,012 mi
2011 Buick Enclave$27,977 | 43,131 mi
2010 Buick Enclave$19,995 | 81,830 mi
2010 Buick Enclave$24,875 | 42,352 mi
2010 Buick Enclave$32,900 | 33,651 mi
2009 Buick Enclave$21,700 | 74,679 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$13,988 | 82,810 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$16,842 | 83,954 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$18,995 | 108,129 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$18,995 | 83,420 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$19,282 | 68,644 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$19,952 | 54,894 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$19,995 | 76,269 mi
2008 Buick Enclave$20,892 | 68,986 mi
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