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2014 Buick Enclave

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2014 Buick Enclave Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

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 the Enclave
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.

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.

2014 Buick Enclave Details
2014 Buick Enclave photo Interior

The 2014 Buick Enclave has a handsome instrument panel with stylized instrument faces and clean integration of the IntelliLink touch-screen display. Accented with real stitching and new ice-blue LED ambient lighting, the Enclave’s interior makes for a warm, inviting cabin. Laminated glass and copious sound-deadening material create a passenger space that is whisper-quiet at highway speeds. 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. 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.

Exterior
2014 Buick Enclave photo

Up front, the 2014 Enclave has LED-enhanced headlights and Buick’s signature “waterfall” grille. The sheet metal is clean and graceful, and the Enclave appears remarkably compact and tidy considering the generous interior space it encloses. Nuances include the traditional Buick “portholes” above the front fenders. Further luxury enhancements include standard 18-inch wheels (19- and 20-inchers are optional), chrome-trimmed roof rails and chrome exhaust tips integrated into the lower-rear fascia.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Enclave comes in three equipment levels. The base package (“Convenience”) includes 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats, rearview camera and park assist, IntelliLink communications and Color Touch audio system with its 7-inch display. The standard airbag array includes 3-row side-curtain bags that stay inflated longer in the event of a rollover, and an industry-first “center-side” airbag in the center console that protects driver and front-seat passenger from opposite-side impacts. New for 2014 are standard charge-only USB ports at the rear of the center console.

Optional Equipment

Many of the available features for the Enclave are in option groups. The Leather group adds leather upholstery and heated front-row seats. The Premium Group brings heated and cooled front seats, articulating headlights and a Bose 10-speaker audio upgrade. Other options include a $2,000 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for all-season capability, plus a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 8-passenger seating, Bose audio, a DVD navigation system and a power sunroof. The new camera-based Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning is included in the Premium Group.

Under the Hood

Powering the 2014 Enclave is a responsive and smooth 3.6-liter V6. It delivers energetic performance and excellent fuel economy with the help of the modern technologies of variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and an electronic throttle. The V6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A wide spread of gear ratios helps get the most out of the engine while maximizing efficiency. We did, however, notice some delayed reactions from the transmission and an occasional rough shift. An optional AWD system is also available that requires no driver intervention and automatically distributes torque between the front and rear wheels.

3.6-liter V6
288 horsepower at 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/22 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Buick Enclave Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 353 Ratings for the 2008 - 2017 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Overall, I have been satisfied with this vehicle.

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quiet, smooth, roomy and easy to drive."

Cons: "Gas mileage & no clothing hooks near the side door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am surprised that GM has not been able to engineer the engine to get better gas mileage. Driving for a sustained period of time at 55 mph is very unrealistic. Most expressway (highways) are posted at 65 -70 mph and getting the highway mpg that this vehicle is rated at is quite difficult."

Great vehicle for travel

By on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "safety rating, smooth ride"

Cons: "not much get up & go, more slow & sure."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm on my second Enclave. Traded in my 2012 model with 70k miles. Love the Enclave on the road. No mechanical problems, dealership has handled recalls and have just had a great overall experience. The 2012 was the first SUV I had ever owned and even though I don't need this much car, I feel better driving on the road with the Enclave's high safety rating."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great car with versatility, capacity and comfort.

By on Sunday, February 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort, capacity, smooth ride"

Cons: "poor mpg, blind spots due to large A pillars."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The Enclave is spacious, comfortable, and rides well. The mpg on the highway is pretty good (23+) but the city MPG is bad (around 12). Visibility is good with the exception of the A pillar area."

31 people out of 44 found this review helpful

Buick Family

By on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Its great on gas and very smooth driving"

Cons: "I wish it had a V8 that my only :(V6 works fine :)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this vehicle for my spouse and two daughter they love our 2015 (White Diamond) Buick. We had know issues or concerns since our purchase."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

We purchased this vehicle based on safety ratings.

By on Thursday, February 18, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: 5 safety recalls

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great driving vehicle, and beautiful design."

Cons: "5 safety recalls in the first year of ownership"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"We purchased 2014 Buick Enclave based entirely on highway crash safety features. We are both retired Law Enforcement Officers, and vehicle safety is vital. After the 5th vehicle part safety recall, we traded in this vehicle. We lost approximately $7000 in value, due to the 5 safety recalls. The Buick dealership where we purchased this vehicle refused to accept it as a trade in so we could purchase the 2015 model. Five Buick dealerships refused to accept this vehicle as a trade in. We finally accepted the $7000 loss and traded the Buick in on a Volvo. We were Buick owners for 3 decades. Never again, will we purchase a GM product. As union members, we did support American made/or America brands, no more."

16 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Love the safety features

By on Sunday, February 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort and Safety Features"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been driving my Enclave for the past 2 years, I have found it of be very comfortable for my size (6'6" 280#). The best thing I found is when I was rear ended by a F150 pickup going 55MPH while I was stopped. Other than being a little dazed at the unexpected force of the impact, I was able to walk away and with out any injuries or even soreness. What I didn't expect were the safety features that kicked in automatically. The Enclave to turned itself off and turned on the hazard lights. The vehicle was a totally loss, but I was not."

16 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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