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2014 Buick Enclave KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $39,397 - $40,234.

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MSRP $41,815

Fair Purchase Price $39,816
Fair Market Range ($39,397 - $40,234)

Invoice $39,770
"What Others Paid" is based on the last 90 days within the U.S.

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KBB Expert Rating 7.4 / 10
10/7.4
This Car - 2014 Buick Enclave
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Consumer Rating 8.6 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 6/11/2013


The 2014 Buick Enclave seems to define where family vehicles have been headed ever since SUVs started becoming less like trucks. It's more like a perfectly logical extension of the high-end yet sensible station wagons of the past, but with all the modern advances in style, technology, road manners, efficiency and safety required by the times. It feels just about ideal for its intended mission. It delivers all the features and qualities demanded by younger, affluent buyers with growing families, who might otherwise shop imports such as the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 or several others, yet at a price that's thousands of dollars less – while still including all the luxury and refinement that's necessary in the premium end of the market. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

Here's your list: Seating for seven or eight, versatility to haul the extras, good fuel economy, refined road manners, quiet comfort, elegant style, luxurious interior, beneficial features and modern technology – for about $40,000. Head to the Buick dealer, check out the Enclave.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Need space inside for seven or eight plus loads of their stuff? Tow a good-sized boat or horse trailer? The Enclave's tow rating is 4,500 pounds. You probably need something bigger.

What's New for 2014

Changes to the Enclave for 2014 are minor in nature. The camera-based Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure feature, which warns drivers of possible crash threats, is available. New standard features include IntelliLink Color Touch radio (includes SiriusXM), and dual charge-only USB ports at the rear of the center console.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The Enclave delivers a driving experience that's a combination of a smooth and well-controlled ride along with handling that's responsive, predictable and certainly far better than it needs to be. The steering transmits accurate messages of what's happening at the road surface, the shock absorbers provide easy compliance over bumps while maintaining control during motoring's ups and downs. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is smooth and quiet and provides performance that will be more than adequate for almost all reasonably foreseeable situations. Along with all this, the Enclave delivers fuel economy ratings near the top of its segment. And Buick's "QuietTuning" technology pays off, as at cruising speeds there is a minimum of wind, road and engine noise making its annoying way to the occupants' ears.

Favorite Features

INTERIOR VERSATILITY
Not only does the Enclave seat eight in relaxed 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.

QuietTuning
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.


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