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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Buick Enclave Leather Group SUV

  • The 2015 Buick Enclave is a great middle-ground option for families who want a lot of space with luxury ambience, but aren't ready to pay the premium asking price for a three-row SUV from one of the import luxury brands.

  • Pros

    Smooth and quiet ride; luxurious cabin; generous cargo capacity, even behind the third row; seating for up to eight; top safety scores.

  • Cons

    Can feel cumbersomely large; small, antiquated audio and climate controls; occasionally finicky infotainment system.

  • What's New for 2015

    The 2015 Buick Enclave is essentially unchanged.

Review

There are many choices for hauling your family around these days, and each offers its own set of benefits. A large crossover SUV can give you the passenger comfort, cargo space and fuel economy you're looking for. But if you also want one that rises above the utilitarian fray yet is still reasonably priced, the three-row 2015 Buick Enclave could end up being your ideal choice.

Along with the requisite cargo and passenger space, the 2015 Buick Enclave's calling card is its impressively smooth and quiet ride. Unlike some traditional truck-based SUVs, it can be driven daily on pitted freeways and uneven asphalt in comfort. And if you need the Buick to do some boat-tugging duty, it can haul 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. It's also pretty nice inside, benefitting from quality materials and plenty of standard and optional feature content.

Of course, if you don't deem these luxury leanings absolutely necessary, you can save some money with the Buick's siblings, the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, and still get pretty much the same vehicle. The Infiniti QX60 is another smart choice given its roomy seating and classy interior design. We also like the 2015 Acura MDX, as it offers three rows of seating along with a much sportier personality, though it's not as roomy in back as these other options. So the Edmunds.com "B" rated Buick Enclave is up against some varied rivals, but considering its combination of sheer interior volume, a comfortable ride and upscale ambience, is shouldn't go overlooked.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Buick Enclave is a full-size crossover that essentially comes in three trim levels that are referred to as groups: Convenience, Leather and Premium.

Every Enclave comes standard with second-row captain's chairs and seven-passenger capacity. A second-row bench seat is optional on the Leather and Premium groups and increases the seat total to eight.

Standard equipment for the Enclave with the Convenience Group includes 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote ignition, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (plus two-way lumbar adjustment), a two-way power passenger seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Electronics for the Convenience Group include OnStar telematics, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Buick's IntelliLink electronics interface (which includes voice control and smartphone radio app integration), dual USB charge ports (on the rear of the center console) and a six-speaker sound system that includes a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio.

Stepping up to the Leather Group adds 19-inch wheels, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats and an eight-way power passenger seat.

The top-of-the-line Premium Group includes all of the above plus adaptive headlights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a forward collision alert system, a lane departure warning system, heated and ventilated front seats and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.

Options on the Leather and Premium groups include 20-inch wheels, a dual-panel sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 120-volt power outlet, a Bose surround-sound audio system and a navigation system integrated into IntelliLink.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2015 Buick Enclaves come with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Properly equipped, the Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive Enclave went from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which is a little slower than average for large crossovers, some of which are equipped with more powerful V8 engines.

The EPA estimates that a front-wheel-drive Enclave will return 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway), and all-wheel drive brings that number down slightly to 18 mpg combined (16 /22).

Safety

All 2015 Enclaves are equipped with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front outboard side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Also standard is a large airbag that deploys between the front seats in the event of a side impact. The standard OnStar system includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, an emergency button, stolen vehicle locator and active intervention, and remote door unlock.

The Leather and Premium Groups include cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot warning system. The Premium Group also includes forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning systems, both of which are available on the Leather Group also.

In Edmunds brake testing, an Enclave with the optional 20-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 126 feet, which is an average distance.

In government crash tests, the Enclave earned the highest possible rating of five out of five possible stars for overall performance, with five stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. The Enclave also did well in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, earning a highest rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test as well as the side-impact, roof strength and seatbelts and head restraints (whiplash protection) tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The interior of a Buick Enclave isn't quite as rich as those found in some competitors, but surfaces are still attractive and of good quality. We particularly like the padded vinyl trim on the dashboard: Thanks to contrasting stitching, it looks like real leather and contributes to the Buick's classy ambience.

The climate controls are operated by three easy-to-use knobs, while every Enclave features Buick's IntelliLink 6.5-inch touchscreen display. IntelliLink allows smartphone radio app integration, and features a clean layout and intuitive menu structure. The screen itself is mounted low in the driver's sight line, however, and requires a longer glance away from the road than we'd like. In addition, the system is sometimes slow to respond to touch inputs (and occasionally misses them entirely), making the interface a bit frustrating.

As for more practical matters, the Enclave (along with its GM cousins) is one of the most spacious crossovers available for both people and cargo. And really, no luxury-branded model comes close. Front-row passengers will enjoy abundant head- and legroom, as will most second-row occupants. But those middle-row seat cushions are mounted a bit low, which impacts comfort for adults. Sliding those seats all the way back helps alleviate this issue, but doing so effectively kills third-row legroom.

The third row is actually roomy enough for adults to fit in comfortably (as long as second-row occupants are generous), though it's realistically best suited for those of smaller stature or children. This is especially true if you want to fit three across. Rearward visibility is almost nonexistent when you have a full crew onboard, so the standard rearview camera is a huge help.

When it comes to cargo space, the Enclave is definitely a leader in its class. Even with the third-row seats in place, it can carry more luggage than most rivals. Space remains abundant when lowering either the second or third row, as the Enclave offers more cargo space than any crossover apart from its Chevrolet and GMC siblings.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Buick Enclave isn't exactly light on its feet. The V6 engine provides adequate performance but lacks authoritative punch during passing maneuvers. In addition, the automatic transmission can be slow to react when a quick downshift is needed, but gearchanges are at least smooth. It's an excellent highway cruiser, however, thanks to its impressively smooth ride and low levels of wind and road noise. Driven around turns, this big crossover SUV is reasonably secure, but it does feel bulkier and less maneuverable than the sportier MDX.

Reviews from owners of the 2015 Buick Enclave Leather Group SUV

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great size, handing, styling and dependable

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Vehicle: 2015 Buick Enclave

This SUV has good styling with fine details, great handling, a lot of room and comfortable to drive and ride. A great value compared to alternatives. As most SUV'S fuel economy is a liability.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Our second enclave won't be our last

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Vehicle: 2015 Buick Enclave

Our first Buick Enclave was a 2008 which we bought in Nov. 2007. We were completely satisfied with it, but when it approached 100,000 miles we decided to trade it for a 2015, which came with the Premium group. That means it is fully loaded. I didn’t expect the refinement that Buick made to its already fantastic SUV. Even though the old one and the new one look a lot alike, they seem, and feel quite different. So far, in 16 months and 22,000 miles with the 2015 we have been extremely pleased with everything. We also have a 2010 Lacrosse and really like the push button start. I don’t know why they didn’t put that on the newer Enclaves. But that is the only complaint we have, and it is a very minor one. We are experiencing about the same fuel efficiency as we did with our old one – about 15 MPG around town and 21-23 on the highway depending upon the wind. We have occasionally experienced 23 mpg even with the AWD option, but usually we get closer to 21 mpg. This efficiency is satisfying to us. Before buying the new one I tried all of the Ford SUV’s, and when I got back in my old Enclave I liked it better than any of the brand new Fords I drove. It felt more substantial, was more comfortable, roomier, and drove more like a car. So, it was off to the Buick dealer. Some reviewers have criticized the radio/navigation system, and their complaints baffle me. I find the navigation system extremely easy to use, and would never try to utilize the texting capability. You shouldn’t text while driving anyway, and I was puzzled why they included that capability. We really like the soft button options on the navigation screen, and find it extremely easy to use. The learning curve was about 1 minute. In case square feet of storage don’t mean much to you here is an experience we had with our old Enclave that might be more meaningful. The new one has the same interior room as our old one, and it was roomy enough that we drove for a week in Colorado with our daughter, her husband, and two 6 and 9 year old boys. There was enough room behind the 3rd seat to carry all of the luggage that we needed for a week for all 6 of us, including things to keep 2 active boys busy. This car is no hot rod, but it isn’t supposed to be. I have never found a problem with acceleration on the highway. It has plenty of power for ordinary highway usage, including passing on 2 lane highways, and merging onto interstates. We had 93,000 trouble free, enjoyable miles in our 2008 and are expecting the same experience with the 2015. I hope that Buick is still making an updated Enclave in a few years when we will look for a replacement. There is really no reason for us to look at any other brand.




Plus/minus

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Vehicle: 2015 Buick Enclave

i find the enclave to have tons of space in the car, drives smoothly, i feel safe in the car but the electronics is god awful. the incoming texts worked for less than a year. brought it in to service and they blamed it on an apple upgrade. the navigation is terrible. half the time the letters or numbers are missing so you can't enter in an address. was lost the other day and it would not let me enter the address so i hit the map option and it basically gives you a map of the state. not very helpful! since one of the features is that it's supposed to read your incoming texts to you but does not, if your in the car, parked and checking texts, you can't listen to the radio because anytime you text something it screws up the audio. not ever getting another buick again.



2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Behind times

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Vehicle: 2015 Buick Enclave

They need to let the retro clock go. Move electronics up as it is now you have to take eyes off road to hit buttons. Buick engineers should take lessons from other auto engineers. The electronics could be simplified. Why would they only put cup holders in door of second row. Everyone knows cups don't work in door cup holders. To lay third row seats down you have to move second row of seats forward. At that price range they should be electric. I will be glad when I hit 50000 miles and we trade. Never buying Buick again here. Gas mileage is better with ford explorers. .



3 of 4 people found this review helpful

New buick enclave owner-first road trip-awesome!!

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Vehicle: 2015 Buick Enclave

Had '05 Rendezvous for 11 years/134K - great service out of this car. Wife has a '10 LaCrosse that we love. With "in stock the longest" discount plus, we were able to purchase a '15 Buick Enclave Premium. What a beautiful car! And it is loaded! Just took our first family road trip in it - 700 miles RT. Wonderful experience. After 7 hours of driving, not even fatigued upon arrival! Smooth, very quiet, solid, confident ride (was that a bump we just went over?). And quite stylish especially with 20" wheels. Car sits just high enough for perfect lookout height and visibility on the road. The blind spot monitor system is a huge safety assistance tool on the interstate. Extremely comfortable front seats with heated/cooled feature. I am 6'-4" tall and enjoy the spaciousness in the driver's seat area. The console sitting low contributes to open feel. Telescopic and tilt provision allows for just the right positioning of the steering wheel - and the seat positioning controls allows for just enough options in getting it right. Other brands offering a bit of overkill with seat adjustments IMHO. Beautiful sounding Bose system - natural production of sound. Not a fan of over-punchy, bass rumble systems other brands are offering. Had third row folded down and that provided a cavernous amount of space for our luggage, Christmas gifts, and still plenty of room for our mid-size dog carrier in the back. At 6'-4", I appreciate that I can walk under the liftgate when it is open without banging my head. I test drove the newly designed Lincoln MKX and that was one of a number of issues I had with that car. VERY HAPPY WITH THIS CAR!! If anything, should have a push button start like our six year old LaCrosse. Looking forward to many more road trips in this car but in the meantime, I will enjoy my commute to work everyday in this premium automobile. Buick should bring back their tag line from years ago - "...because how you get there is as important as where you're going." Bravo, Buick...



8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Third impressions

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Vehicle: 2015 Buick Enclave

This is my third posting. We recently completed a 4987.5 mile trip with the Enclave, from Arizona, to South Carolina, to Florida and back to Arizona. I now have more extended time in the car, and can fine tune my thoughts. The good news is that, on the road travelling, the car is superbly easy to drive, very nice ride, and a feeling of safety and substance. Gas mileage on the highway was also very good, with an overall 26.5MPG for the trip. All worked well, comfort was very nice. The sound system is excellent. The BOSE system and radio was superb. When you also have a very quiet interior even at highway speeds, this was an easy car to be in and drive. The lane deviation system is a very nice feature, particularly useful on the highway. The blind spot warning is also a great feature, particularly when side and rear vision is less than ideal. The forward collision warning system was not in play, but seems like it would be a good feature. The ride, on the highway, is controlled, serene and quiet. (Unlike city driving, where the ride was harsh...feeling every road imperfection.) The navigation system is not particularly intuitive (although when set correctly it was helpful). One very annoying thing is that when our iPhone 6+ was connected via USB, the radio automatically defaults to the music on the iPhone and you must manually go thru the menu to get back to what was on the radio. Front seats are comfy, supportive and good for a long ride. The automatic return to a seat setting was very nice, as were the heated seats and heated steering wheel. Cruise control worked fine, but more than once I inadvertently turned on the heat to the steering wheel rather than engage cruise control. As noted in an earlier post, the middle row of seats is a joke. Compared to our Sienna van, the seats were uncomfortable even for people that are well under 6' tall. I really want to like the car. It is good looking, cruises well, and gets good MPG on the highway, But....the ride is harsh in town, about 15MPG in town, and the lines of sight in the rear and sides are awkward, more so in town driving. The rear seat comfort also is very poor for a car in this price category. We bought at the end of the 2015 model cycle; it had an MSRP of $47K, and we paid just over $37K. Buick also has a fairly decent reliability rating, and the 48mo warranty is a plus. Lots of good things about the car....a few that are poor. But, if the rear seat is not a concern, and perhaps without the towing package the city ride would improve, it is a safe and good looking car.



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