2014 Buick Enclave

Starting MSRP: $38,890

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy

2014 Buick Enclave Review

The 2014 Buick Enclave offers a spacious and luxurious interior at a significantly lower price than many crossovers in the class.

By Martin Davis
Last Updated 12/01/2016

With luxurious features that are normally found on more expensive rivals, the 2014 Buick Enclave is a great value proposition.

The 2014 Buick Enclave comes in Convenience, Leather and Premium groups (trims).

Exterior

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The 2014 Buick Enclave has refined exterior styling that should appeal to most three-row SUV shoppers. The base model comes with 18-inch wheels, tinted rear windows, a power liftgate and heated side-view mirrors. Higher trims offer exterior upgrades like 19- or 20-inch wheels and a moonroof.

Interior

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The Enclave seats seven, or eight when equipped with a second-row bench seat. All models feature a power-adjustable driver’s seat, while features like leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats are available.

The cabin is roomy, with high-quality materials and logically placed switchgear. One of the highlights for the Enclave has to be the interior space in the first and second rows, which both have ample head- and legroom to stretch out. However, like most SUVs, space in the third-row space leaves a lot to be desired.

Performance

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The Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The front-wheel drive Enclave gets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive models get 16/22 mpg. The Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.

The Enclave is a heavy vehicle, and while acceleration from the V6 won’t push you into the back of your seat, there’s still enough power for most driving situations.

Handling is generally composed for a three-row SUV, and the Enclave impresses with a remarkably smooth ride.

Technology

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The Enclave comes with a number of standard tech features, including automatic headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Available features include a Bose audio system, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Safety

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The 2014 Buick Enclave earned an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its performance in crash tests.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are standard on all models, while available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Cost-Effectiveness

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The 2014 Buick Enclave carries a higher base price than most affordable, three-row crossovers, but it also undercuts more luxurious offerings from German and Japanese competitors. In many ways, the Enclave hits the sweet spot in terms of pricing and feature content. Even after checking off all the options, the Enclave costs significantly less than a fully loaded Acura MDX or Audi Q7.

Overall

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The Enclave is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, which both offer a comparable amount of interior space and a lower cost of entry. However, the Enclave justifies its higher price with more standard features and a higher quality interior. If you want a refined, near-luxury SUV with plenty of space and a competitive price, the Enclave is worth consideration.