TheCarConnection.com finds the majority of reviewers enjoy the looks, inside and out, of the 2009 Buick Enclave. Outside, it features a curvy body and elegant styling, although we'd say that the D-pillar would look better in black—a way to help visually separate the roof from the rest of the body. Inside the quiet cabin is shod with high-quality materials and it is a revelation for Buick.
MotherProof wrote much of the same, calling the shape "lean." Kelley Blue Book added that the waterfall grille and lines above the fender evoke the classic shapes of early Buicks from the 40s and 50s. Car and Driver wrote that the shape is a more soothing design, and BusinessWeek agrees by adding that the curvy contours, bold grille, and added chrome enhance the Enclave's shape.
Each GM full-size crossover in the portfolio now (Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia) were designed and build independently from each other, although they all share running gear and suspension components. The Enclave's shape isn't borrowed from any other car, however, and opens up a new era for design with rounded shapes, soft and subtle cues, and elegant design—inside and out. The 2009 Buick Enclave's shapes were praised by Edmunds, who noted that it had "voluptuous curves," but Road & Travel called the idea "slinky." Car and Driver added more by noticing the "flowing lines, big wheels, a wide stance" and the body's tapered look up top. MSN autos wrote that the Enclave was the best looking of the GM bunch.
The interior of the 2009 Buick Enclave suggests that it's from an earlier era of Buicks, according to the Auto Channel. They wrote that the Enclave's interior, with analog clock in the dash, gave the Enclave an Art Deco feel. Motor Trend noted that the Enclave's interior was a marked improvement and that its Coke-bottle, organic exterior is inspired. The New York Times agrees, reporting that GM's intention to upgrade its interiors has paid off. BusinessWeek gushed about the interior as well, calling it gorgeous and easily as nice as other luxury competitors, including the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, and Volvo.