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2017 Buick Enclave Walk Around


Even though the Enclave is now in its ninth season, it’s a fine-looking vehicle. Sweeping body lines, which come across as both smart and soothing, are particularly enticing when compared with the similar but relatively shapeless Chevrolet Traverse. Starting with a chromed waterfall-style grille and tasteful shoulder lines outside, the Enclave opens to an adeptly appointed interior with a sensibly configured seating arrangement.

The new Sport Touring option adds a little more color and brightness to what is already a tempting premium crossover SUV, with space for up to eight occupants.

Interior

Like the exterior, the richly appointed Buick Enclave cabin has aged nicely. Somewhat ambiguously Art Deco in visual nature, but unabashedly upscale, the dashboard is topped by an analog clock and trimmed with attractive wood. Classy yet conservative in tone, the cabin is awash with soft-touch materials and neat upholstery stitching.

Depending on configuration, either seven or eight passengers can ride in comparative comfort. Front seats are on the soft side, intended to suit various body types. In upper trim levels, front seats are eight-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated, with memory functions.

Second-row occupants sit a bit higher, for fine views to the front. Leg support is good, and headroom plentiful. Captain’s chairs are standard, but a bench can be specified for eight-passenger capacity.

Third-row space is adequate for two adults, but they probably won’t be pleased to travel far. Getting into the third row, and out again, isn’t a totally dignified endeavor. With all three rows of seats in position, cargo volume totals 23 cubic feet, expanding to 115 cubic feet with second and third rows folded down.

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