- Redesigned in 2013, adds a few new features for 2014
- Midsize crossover, seats seven or eight passengers
- Great safety ratings: five-stars from the NHTSA and an IIHS Top Safety Pick award winner
Returning after a comprehensive redesign in 2013, the 2014 Buick Enclave three-row crossover adds even more standard features to compete with other luxury crossovers on comfort and especially on price.
For 2014, the Enclave adds new technology designed to make it safer and easier to use. A forward collision warning system and land departure warning are now available. Inside, the standard IntelliLink infotainment systems adds satellite radio and text-to-voice functionality, while a pair of USB ports have been added to the backside of the center console so backseat passengers can now charge phones and other devices while on the road.
Peeking under the skin, the Enclave shares its architecture with a couple of its other GM siblings, the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia, but won’t be mistaken on the road for either. It is set apart by being the most luxurious of the trio by far, designed to compete with the luxury segment and SUVs like the Acura MDX and the Volvo XC90. The outside of the Enclave is athletic and fits the Buick aesthetic; signature Buick cues like the portholes on the hood and the waterfall grille remain, while added chrome and LEDs give the Enclave a more premium appearance. A power liftgate is standard for added convenience.
The 2014 Enclave offers one engine/transmission combination: a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 making 270 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive as an option for those who will be driving in poor weather. Fuel economy figures check in at an estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway with FWD and 16/22 mpg city/highway if AWD is equipped.
Inside, the Enclave’s update didn’t retouch the interior as much as the exterior, but there are still plenty of new features and upgrades to speak about. The dashboard’s center piece is a touch screen used to control the new IntelliLink multimedia system which allows the use of smartphone apps and includes the aforementioned additions for 2013. The climate controls have been reworked and some buttons have been replaced with capacitive touch controls. Buick has always been fond of rounded, circular shapes in their cabins and the Enclave is no exception.
Second-row captain’s chairs are standard and cap seating capacity at seven, but a second-row bench is also offered which expands the Enclave to eight passengers. Tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, remote vehicle start, and powered front seats are standard. Options include a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Buick vehicles have performed very well in crash tests over the last several years and the 2014 Enclave is no exception, earning a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS as well as a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. An electronic stability system, traction control, a backup camera, and plenty of airbags all come standard. Also standard is helpful technology like OnStar, rear parking sensors, and a theft-deterrent system. A blind spot warning system with rear cross traffic alerts is optional.