With seating for up to eight passengers, the Buick Enclave has a comfortable and spacious cabin. It doesn't have sliding side doors, but it certainly acts like a minivan, with great cargo space and a fold-away third-row seat.
Anyone that's driven a trucky SUV realizes why crossovers are more popular with passengers. The Enclave is as comfortable as any full-size GM SUV, and it begins in the front seats. They're not especially well-bolstered but they are wide and softly upholstered to fit a wide variety of body types--and to set up a good driving position. Heating and ventilation are either standard or available on most models.
In the second row, the Enclave doles out a high seating position for a good view and proper leg support. Headroom is more than plentiful, and the Enclave's wide enough for a pair of adults to stretch out.Even in the third row, the big Buick crossover offers enough room for adults. It's one of the largest among all the competitive crossovers--and although entry and exit aren't as easy as in some other vehicles with lower step-in heights, the Enclave has an easy to use tilt mechanism for the middle row that opens up more entry space for the third row. With that extra row and three-across seating for kids in it, the Enclave is a true minivan alternative, missing only sliding side doors.
Storage is also plentiful, with over 23 cubic feet of space behind the third row when the cargo management system is removed, and if you fold down the second and third rows, you'll free up over 115 cubic feet of cargo space. The Enclave's back seats fold down to a completely flat cargo floor, too, allowing a minivan-like space behind the second row good enough for just about any purchase from big-box stores, and the second tow tilts forward for even more space. The only issue is that you might not be able to fully open those wide rear side doors if you're parked.
The Enclave may have a lot of the functionality of a minivan, but it's finished to a level that exceeds most of those family boxes. The restyled dash introduced last year is covered in more soft-touch plastic for a richer look, and some of the woodgrain trim is of a more discreet variety. Elsewhere in the cabin, materials and trims are quite good.