The Enclave is functional like a minivan, but finished to a higher standard than those family haulers. The upgraded dashboard introduced two years ago is covered in a soft-touch material with a richer feel, and the woodgrain is more discreet. In other places, the fit and finish of the Enclave is first rate.
Interior storage is plentiful too, with 23 cubic feet of storage room behind the third row when the cargo management system is removed. Fold down the second- and third-row seating and the Enclave opens up to more than 115 cubic feet of cargo space, which is sizable enough for 4-by-8 sheets of building material or any ambitious run to a big-box retailer. The second row tilts forward for more space, however the wide rear doors can be a hassle in tight parking spots. (Maybe that's why minivans have sliding doors?)
The cabin is spacious and comfortable with seating for up to eight people, depending on configuration. It many ways the Enclave acts like a minivan, with good cargo space and a folding third row, but without the stigma of a van.
We get the appeal too. The Enclave is as comfortable as a full-size SUV, and it begins with the front seats. They're not bolstered as much as we'd like, but they are wide and well upholstered to fit many body types and offer a good driving and seating position that's high and in command. Heated and cooled front seats are standard or available on most models.
Second-row passengers don't miss out on much either. The Enclave's chairs in the second row ride higher for a good view with adequate leg support. There's enough head room for tall passengers and the Enclave is big enough for adults in the second row to stretch—might we suggest yoga?
The third row offers enough room for adults too, although we wouldn't suggest it for really long trips. The Enclave is one of the largest crossovers of its kind, and although getting into and out of the third row might be a challenge for some—other vehicles have a lower step-in height—the Enclave has a tilt feature for the middle row that can help. With the third row and three-across seating, the Enclave could be an ideal minivan replacement for some.