2014 Buick Enclave Review

  • MSRP: $38,890
  • MPG City: 17
  • MPG Hwy: 24
  • Seating Capacity: 7 or 8
  • Rating: 8.6

The 2014 Buick Enclave is a highly rated off-road capable midsized crossover SUV that seats seven to eight people. The 2014 Enclave has three trim levels named Convenience, Leather, and Premium that are available with FWD and AWD. All model trims are equipped with 3.6 liter V-6 engines and automatic transmissions. They deliver 17/24/19 mpg along with 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

This highly lauded family car was awarded the highest possible rating of five-stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). US News named the Enclave the #1 Affordable Midsize SUV, #1 Affordable SUV with three rows, and the #1 Affordable Crossover SUV.

The 2014 Enclave is a substantial vehicle with a wheelbase of 118.90 inches and an overall length of 201.90 inches. The curb weight is approximately 4,724 pounds, and the Enclave has a towing capacity of 2000 pounds. An available trailering package bestows the Enclave with a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.

New Features for the 2014 Buick Enclave

While the exterior styling of the 2014 Enclave holds true to the sophisticated re-design of 2013 models, the IntelliLink technology feature now includes text-to-voice functionality. The back seat section of the cabin also has dual USB ports for charging devices.
Forward collision alert and a lane departure warning system are available for the Convenience and Leather model trims, and come standard with the Premium model trim.

Pros and Cons

  • Attractive, smooth exterior
  • Comfortable interior
  • Average fuel economy

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Convenience model trim has a MSRP of $39,815 with FWD and $41,815 with AWD equipped with impressive standard features. This group comes with 18-inch wheels, a power lift gate, and deluxe cloth upholstery on captain’s chair styled bucket seats for the first and second rows. The convenience group also comes with Buick’s IntelliLink sound system with AM and FM radio, a CD player, a three-month subscription to Sirius XM Radio, and a six-month subscription to OnStar Navigation.

The driver is treated to a remote vehicle starting system, a universal home remote garage door opener, and a rear vision camera integrated into the IntelliLink display monitor that is accompanied by a rear park assist system with ultrasonic audible warning. The driver will also enjoy eight-way power seat adjust along with power recline and lumbar control.

Passengers will enjoy the tri-zone automatic climate control system and the quiet interior cabin that is assured by the Quiet Tuning feature. Seating capacity is increased to eight with an optional bench-style second row seat that folds flat for extra cargo space.

The Leather model trim has a MSRP of $41,830 with FWD and $45,830 with AWD. It comes with all of the exciting features included in the Convenience group plus leather upholstery, eight-way power adjustable seats with memory and heat for both front passengers, side blind-zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert systems, and 19-inch wheels.

The Premium model trim has a MSRP of $47,390 with FWD and $49,390 with AWD. It is equipped with all of the features of the Convenience and Leather groups plus a premium Bose sound system, a power operated tilt and telescopic steering column, and heated and cooled front seats. This model trim also comes with articulating headlamps, power operated outside mirrors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning systems.

Base Specifications

  • Passenger Capacity: 7
  • Passenger Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
  • Engine: Gas V6 3.6L/217
  • Horsepower: 288 @ 6300
  • Torque: 270 @ 3400 3.6L/217

Reviewer Comments

“It’s a full-size crossover with three rows of seating and one of the smoothest rides available for less than $40,000. While heavy and a little slow to rally for highway-passing speeds, the Enclave is quiet, comfortable, and family friendly.”

– Car and Driver

“With the 2nd-row seats moved forward, 6-footers will fit in the 3rd row, but they’ll ride knees-up. The bench seats are wide enough for adults to sit 3-across seating, but the center seating position doesn’t have as much cushioning.”

– Consumer Guide

“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.”

– Kelley Blue Book

Performance and Powertrain

Test drivers enjoy the refined smooth handling of the 2014 Enclave. The V-6 engine provides ample power, and the automatic transmission gives smooth, quick shifts between gears. Reviewers have commented on the comfortable firm ride, responsive brakes and steering. They are pleased with the ample cargo space and the roomy interior for front and backseat passengers.

Reviewers and test drivers have also complimented the design of the Enclave’s interior cabin, noting an appreciation for the use of premium quality materials on well-appointed interior features, and the easy to use infotainment system.

Safety Features

Thoughtful construction of the suspension system and an abundance of first-class safety features have earned the Enclave a top safety rating.

All Enclaves are built with four-wheel independent suspension with electronic stability and traction control; front and rear anti-roll bars, speed sensing steering, and a park assist system with audible warning. They have four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, front, side, and overhead occupant sensing airbags.

Enclaves also have perimeter and approach lights, adjustable tilting head restraints for both front passengers, along with a security system that includes ignition disable and a panic alarm.

Special Features and Interior Design

The Enclave is highly lauded for its elegant style, quiet comfort, and luxurious interior. Reviewers praise the Enclave for its modern technological features, good fuel economy, abundant cargo space, and refined smooth ride.

Kelley Blue Book included the Enclave in its list of 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 for 2014, stating: “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…”

Driving Impressions

Test drivers are impressed with the ample power and smooth ride that the Enclave possesses due to its V-6 engine, synchronizing well with the six-speed automatic transmission and the responsive chassis. The drivers mentioned that they felt in tune with the road, with confident control and steering that responded perfectly.

They referred to the long test drive as ” enjoyable” and the Enclave as equally pleasurable to drive at faster speeds or when creeping through school zones. Test drivers also reported immense satisfaction with the quiet interior cabin, and referred to it as, “stress reducing, with a cabin that is isolated from the road, wind, and tire and engine noises.”

The 2014 Buick Enclave is a perfect choice for families with state-of-the-art safety features. Drivers will appreciate the smooth ride, easy handling, and the large luxurious cabin that is stocked with easy to use features and abundant cargo space.

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Buick Enclave Cargo

Buick Enclave Front View

Buick Enclave Interior Dashboard

Buick Enclave Side View

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