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STYLING | 9 out of 10
The cool, smooth lines of the Enclave's exterior carry country club airs
an Art Deco feel
The Auto Channel
“G.M. was successful in its effort to upgrade its interiors”
New York Times
The 2010 Buick Enclave is a good-looking vehicle, most reviewers agree. Curvaceous fenders and glamorous detailing are a big part of it, though TheCarConnection.com thinks that the D-pillar would look better blacked out than in body color (it's the vertical piece that separates the rear doors from the cargo area). The Enclave's interior is loved, too; it's subdued, luxurious, and high-quality throughout—and in many ways, a revelation for Buick.
A number of reviewers try to assess the overall design, and many see retro influences. MotherProof considers the Enclave "curvy" but still "lean" overall. According to the reviewers from Kelley Blue Book, the "waterfall" grille and portholes above the fenders hark back to the classic design lines of Buicks from the late 1940s and early '50s. It’s “a more soothing design,” Car and Driver contends—and BusinessWeek agrees, saying, “the curvy contours, the chrome, and the bold grille-work perfectly reflect the Enclave's overall tone.”
Reviewers are more positive about the Enclave's styling than that of other Buicks. Some reviews of the Enclave’s style could be mistaken for descriptions of a cocktail waitress. For example, the 2010 Buick Enclave’s "voluptuous curves" and "graceful lines" are admired by the likes of Edmunds, while Road & Travel calls it "slinky." Others are less poetic, observing that the Enclave is a “crossover with flowing lines, big wheels, a wide stance, and a tapered upper body,” according to Car and Driver. Underneath the suave exterior, it’s similar to its siblings, MSN Autos says, “but the Buick model looks the best of the trio,” referring to the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook; the closely related Chevrolet Traverse also joined GM's roster last year.
The interior of the 2010 Buick Enclave draws overwhelmingly positive comments. "The dash features a center arch in housing an analog clock giving the Enclave an Art Deco feel," says The Auto Channel. BusinessWeek gushes over the interior as well, calling it “gorgeous” and “easily as nice, or nicer, as the interiors of the Lexus RX 350, the Acura MDX, and the Volvo XC90.” The New York Times agrees, reporting, “the cabin’s design showed that G.M. was successful in its effort to upgrade its interiors.” Motor Trend notes that “its nicely designed interior is as tangible an improvement over the other two [Lambda-platform crossovers] as its organic, Coke-bottle sheet metal is compared with their creased lines.”
The 2010 Buick Enclave has a curvy exterior and tasteful, classy interior styling that are sure to impress almost any shopper for this type of vehicle.