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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Refined “ventaports” on the hood recall Buicks of past.
Chrome and wood-finish trim accents impart a classy ambiance.
elegant, distinct styling language, which it wears well and which imparts a unique, upscale presence
Car and Driver
luxurious interior and curvaceous body
a more attractive and luxurious alternative without the sliding-door stigma
Car and Driver
The Buick Enclave is a few years along in its life, but the appealing look it introduced a few years back remains fresh. We think it's the most handsome of GM's large crossovers--the curvaceous sheetmetal has a more distinctive set of lines than almost anything else Buick offers, and the balance of chromed details to broad panels of sheetmetal is just over the top enough to qualify as American.
The only details we'd change: we'd find a way to mute the C-pillar, as it breaks up the pretty expanse of glass that gives the Enclave most of its grace, and we'd axe the faux "ventiports" on the hood that look like tacked-on aftermarket bits.
Inside, cabin appointments are more successful than ever. The instrument panel skirts the line between the vaguely Art Deco look that Buick was trying to pull off a few years ago, crossed with some more contemporary instrument panel curves, complemented by a big analog clock up top on the dash. Altogether, it's classy and conservative, and there's been careful attention paid to the integration of a large LCD screen this year--and to the updating of some interior materials from hard plastics to soft-touch ones with stitching. The Enclave's interior finally looks like one that can command its pricetag.
The Buick Enclave's curvy, attractive exterior is complemented by a more modern interior layout for 2013.