The 2014 Buick Enclave is the full-size crossover that is essentially in three training levels which are known as groups: Convenience, Leather and Premium. Each Enclave comes standard with chairs in the second row captain’s and seating for seven. A second row seat is optional on Premium leather groups and increases the total number of seats to eight.
The Enclave Group with convenience comes with 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, rear window, power liftgate, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote start, cruise control, three-zone automatic climate control, an electric eight- position driver seat (plus two-way lumbar adjustment), power passenger seat two-way, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Electronic features include standard OnStar telematics, audio connectivity, Bluetooth phone and rear-view camera, a touch screen 6.5-inch, interface electronics Buick IntelliLink (which includes voice control, Radio smart phone app integration), ports USB dual Charging (in the rear of the center console) and a sound system that includes a six-speaker CD player, auxiliary audio input, an audio interface iPod/USB and satellite radio. Step Up to the Skin Group adds 19-inch wheels, a warning system of blind spots, cross traffic alert, leather upholstery, the heated front seats and the power passenger seat eight positions.
The group of top-of -the- line high quality inclusive of more adaptive headlights, power folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a monitoring system for blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert system collision, lane departure warning system, a power-adjustable steering wheel, front seats with heating and ventilation, and a Bose sound system 10 speakers (optional Leather Group). Option groups include Premium leather and 20-inch wheels, a sunroof dual pane, an entertainment system for rear seat, a power outlet of 110 volts, an audio system and Bose surround sound system integrated navigation in IntelliLink.
2014 Buick Enclave Interior
The Buick Enclave inside exists in a realm between regular and luxury branded crosses. The materials are attractive and of good quality. In particular, as we cut vinyl padding on the dashboard with contrast stitching, looks like real leather and classy atmosphere contributes to the Buick.
Climate controls are operated by three easy -to-use controls, while each account Enclave Buick IntelliLink touchscreen of 6.5 inches. IntelliLink radio allows smart phone application integration, and has a clean design and intuitive menu structure. The screen itself is mounted under the driver’s line of sight, however, and requires a closer look away from the road than we would like. Furthermore, the system is sometimes slow to respond to touch inputs (and occasionally misses them entirely), so the interface a bit frustrating.
As for more practical matters, the Enclave (along with his cousins GM) is one of the most extensive crossovers available for both people and cargo. First row passengers enjoy plenty of legroom and head, as well as the occupants of the second row. But the cushions of the middle row seats are mounted a bit low, which affects comfort for adults. Sliding those seats to the bottom helps ease this problem, but if it does effectively kills legroom in the third row.
The narrow, flat third-row seats are padded, easily deployed and stowed, but in reality are only suitable for children and small adults. Some competitors like the Ford Flex, are a bit better in this regard. As is always the case with vehicles with three rows, rearward visibility is almost nonexistent when you have a full crew on board, so the standard rear view camera is a big help. The Enclave beats all its competitors when it comes to capacity, however. Even with the third row seats in place, which can carry up to 23.3 cubic feet of luggage. That figure jumps to 68.9 behind the second row, and a cavernous 116.3 cubes with the second and third row seats stowed.
2014 Buick Enclave Engine
Every 2014 Buick Enclave comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 270 pound- feet of torque. 2014 Buick Enclave, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an option. Properly equipped, the Enclave can tow 4.500 pounds. In Edmunds performance testing, an enclave in all wheel drive went from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which is the on par with other large crosses a base V6 engine. Fuel economy estimated by the EPA is 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) with front-wheel drive and 18 combined (16 city/22 highway) with four-wheel drive.
2014 Buick Enclave Security
Each 2014 Enclave includes anti-lock brakes, the stability and the traction control, front side airbags, outboard -length side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Also standard is a big air bag is deployed between the front seats in a side impact. The 2014 Buick Enclave standard OnStar system includes automatic collision notification, roadside assistance on demand, an emergency button, stolen vehicle locator and active intervention and remote door unlocking.
Rear parking sensors are standard on all versions. The Premium Leather Groups and include a warning system and blind-spot warning system supporting cross traffic. The Group also includes Premium departure warning systems and collision warning lanes. The last two are optional on the Skin Group. In Edmunds brake testing, an enclave with optional 20-inch wheels stopped from 60 mph in 126 feet which is the average distance.
In government crash testing, the Enclave earned a top five-star rating for overall performance, with five stars given for the total impact protection and five stars for overall side impact protection. The Buick Enclave also aced Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests Roads, where he earned the highest rating of “good” in tests, side impact and roof strength moderate frontal offset overlap.