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2014 Buick Enclave Styling

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If you're in the curvy-crossover camp, the Buick Enclave's styling resonates, even today, some six years down the road. It's an appealing shape that hasn't dulled with age. Compared to its more amorphous Chevy Traverse and angular GMC Acadia cousins, the Enclave strikes a balance between the packaging reality of a big family crossover and the contemporary cues baked into every current Buick.

If we could change anything, it would come down to details. For the most part, they're just over the top enough to grab the eye without blinding it. Still, 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. For sure, we'd nix the hood's "ventiports," which aren't functional and detract in an inexpensive way.

The Buick Enclave's appeal starts with its softly styled sheetmetal and its contemporary cabin.

The Enclave's cabin has a soothing quality that's only become more convincing since its debut. The dash itself evokes a vaguely Art Deco theme, without lapsing into cliches--well, except for the analog clock up top on the dash. It's conservative and classy, even with the big touchscreen that was integrated into the cockpit last year; part of the effect comes from new interior materials, upgraded from hard plastics to soft-touch ones with stitching.

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