KBB Editors' Overview
By Matt Degen
- Updated Date: 6/1/2014
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. Where the Enclave stands apart from peers is in size and price. As with its mainstream siblings the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, the Enclave is larger than its rivals, making it ideal for those requiring extra space for passengers and cargo. Despite its bigger footprint, the Enclave's sub-$40,000 starting price undercuts rivals by thousands. Buick's 3-row SUV may not have the brand cachet or sleek design of some rivals, but what it lacks in those areas it makes up for in value.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want an upscale hauler that can comfortably seat seven or eight people and boasts a quiet, comfortable ride in the $40,000 range, the 2015 Enclave offers good road manners and much vehicle for the money.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Buick's image and sales are rising, but some luxury buyers won't settle for anything less than a European brand such as Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz with a history of badge envy. Those brands also offer higher-mileage diesel-powered luxury SUVs. Acura's MDX, meanwhile, features cutting-edge technology and better fuel economy.
What's New for 2015
Among the minimal changes for the 2015 Enclave are a heated steering wheel on upper-level trims, a dark plum interior color option, and new exterior paint colors.
The 2015 Buick Enclave lives up to its premium SUV image with a quiet and comfortable ride. A long-term test model in our fleet stands out for its easy highway manners. The 3.6-liter V6 and its 288 horsepower offer good – but not startling – acceleration and passing power. And despite the Buick's size and 4,700-pound weight, the engine eagerly propels the big vehicle even up steep mountain passes that make lesser cars wheeze. The Enclave is most adept as a comfortable cruiser, with a soft ride and an insulated cabin that benefits from Buick's "QuietTuning" sound suppression. Conversely, this big Buick isn't one to embrace twisty canyon roads with much enthusiasm. In our time on such switchbacks, it was best to go easy on the throttle.
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.
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 SUV's interior remains delightfully calm and free of the racket that can fatigue occupants on long drives.
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