Editors at TheCarConnection.com say that the Enclave has plenty of interior room, and that it's usefully packaged. ConsumerGuide noted the same, and an expanse of head and leg room, and that getting in and out of the crossover is a "breeze."
Cars.com found that the third row might be a little cramped for adult passengers, but BusinessWeek noted the exceptional comfort of the second-row captain's chairs and their SmartSlide feature, which allows them to fold forward, making entry and exit easy for third-row passengers. The 2009 Buick Encore has been praised for being a quiet and roomy crossover.
The Auto Channel noticed the effort that GM designers made to keep the cabin quiet and comfortable, lauding the effort as "magnificent." The New York Times even took note of GM's QuietTuning technology that stuffs the Enclave with more sound-deadening material than its cousins, which could help propel the brand to compete up against the likes of Lexus. Kelley Blue Book wrote that the interior was "delightfully calm," and managed to quell most of the noises that creep in during long drives. By the numbers, the Enclave has a leg up on some of its competitors.
Car and Driver laid out the dimensions, noting 115 cubic feet behind the front row with all the seats folded down, large enough to lay flat 4-by-8 foot sheets of plywood, or 19 cubic feet behind the third row with all three rows of seating in place. A few bad choices regarding cabin materials remain the only black mark against the 2009 Buick Enclave.
The interior is inviting, Kelley Blue Book wrote, with a dashboard that's enhanced with wood applique, chrome trim and high-quality materials all the way around. Motor Trend admired the wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, but noted that it didn't jibe with the hard plastics found on the steering wheel hub. Some of they vinyl grains weren't top-shelf either, they wrote.