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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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The 2012 Buick Enclave has styling that's certainly not fresh, but it is, we think, the best-looking of GM's large crossover vehicles, with its curvy, Coke-bottle sheetmetal, highlighted gently by mostly smooth chrome details.
But some of the details still fail to win us over; the "ventiports" on the hood are borderline tacky, and the C-pillar tends to interrupt what's otherwise such beautiful continuous side glass. Otherwise, the Enclave is handsome and pretty classy.
Inside, cabin appointments are mostly a success; the instrument panel skirts the line between the vaguely Art Deco look that Buick was trying to pull off a few years ago, crossed with some more contemporary instrument panel curves, complemented by a big analog clock up top on the dash. Altogether, it's classy, if a bit too conservative, and the only thing that lets it down in some places are a few rather cheap-looking plastic trim details.
Conservative-looking would be the best way to sum the look of the 2012 Buick Enclave inside and out; but its curvy, handsome look saves it from anonymity.