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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Refined “ventaports” on the hood recall Buicks of past.
Chrome and wood-finish trim accents impart a classy ambiance.
elegant, distinct styling language, which it wears well and which imparts a unique, upscale presence
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luxurious interior and curvaceous body
a more attractive and luxurious alternative without the sliding-door stigma
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Although its design is now four years old, the 2011 Buick Enclave still looks classy and contemporary, with curvaceous fenders and glamorous detailing. The Enclave is almost the anti–Ford Flex; look down its bodysides and it's curvy and concave. The Enclave simply looks great—even better if you get it in black, which blocks out the body-color C-pillar that otherwise disrupts the flowing side glass. Another styling detail you either love or hate is the chromed ports alongside the hood; it's a cue from Buick's heritage, but it can be seen as either classy or tacky.
The Enclave's interior is loved, too; it's subdued, luxurious, and high-quality throughout—and in many ways, a revelation for Buick—although it's beginning to feel a bit more like the Buick of old than the fresh new Buick we've seen of late. The Enclave's interior design is attractive, but there are a few more dull surfaces and hard plastics than you might expect from a vehicle in this class, and there's none of the more cockpit-like appeal that's been brought to the brand's newer products. A Deco-style arch in the middle of the dash features a somewhat cheap-looking chromed analog clock, mounted on a dull plastic background—an ever-present, half-hearted effort at luxury—while most of the rest of the Enclave interior feels luxurious, if a bit conservative.
The 2011 Buick Enclave is very conservative looking, but its curvy exterior and most of the interior are enough to impress most shoppers looking for a practical and luxurious vehicle.