2013 Buick Enclave Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The Buick Enclave's forte is its spacious, comfortable interior. It seats up to eight passengers, and has minivan-like cargo space when its second- and third-row seats are tucked away.

It also has a standard of refinement that isn't found in some other large crossovers, even ones that share its running gear.

A quiet, comfortable ride and seating for up to eight make the Enclave a great family road-trip vehicle.

The Enclave has more usable space and flexibility than most truck-based SUVs. The front seats are wide, not particularly formed or shaped for smaller builds, and they're softly upholstered. This year, they're also offered with heating and ventilation, a feature we're finding more common in luxury vehicles with each mid-cycle refresh.

The Enclave's second-row seats perch a bit higher than in most other large crossovers, which makes them comfortable for adults, and gives a good view out.

The third row may be adequate for some adults. It's among the largest for its class, but getting into the third row could be a challenge with a high step-in height. The second row seats tilt out of the way for entry and exit into the third row, and with enough room for three children across the back bench, the Enclave may be a suitable minivan replacement for people put off by sliding doors.

With 23 cubic feet of cargo storage available behind the third row, the Enclave has the capability to carry passengers and goodies in equal turns. Fold down the second and third rows of seats into a flat floor and 115 cubes awaits any robust run to the home improvement store. The only issue we've found with getting big boxes in and out of the Enclave are the wide-swinging doors, which could be a hassle in tight parking spaces.

Throughout the cabin, materials and trims are quite good, and this year's revamp of the dash has added more soft-touch materials where hard plastics once were used. It's a richer look, more fitting for a pricey family wagon like this one.

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