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 Auto Channel called the dashboard, particularly the analog clock in the center, a throwback to the Art Deco movement, and BusinessWeek gushed by calling the interior "gorgeous" and that the Enclave managed to punch above its weight class into luxury territory with interior appointments that wouldn't be out of place in a Lexus, Volvo or Acura. The New York Times praised GM's ability to upgrade its interiors, compared to the other crossovers based on the same platform, and Motor Trend lauded the organic, Coke-bottle form of the Enclave's exterior, especially the flowing lines near the top of the Enclave.