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2018 Buick Enclave Walk Around


Fetching in silhouette, the reworked Enclave no longer suffers from a bottom-heavy appearance. Inclined LED headlights lead the way, flanking a slatted grille that splits into wide wings. The nose is lower and sleeker than before. A metallic bodyside strip carefully defines the Enclave’s side view, drawing attention to its overall shape.

Avenir editions have a unique mesh grille with chrome wings, said to be inspired by concept models. Six-spoke 20-inch Avenir wheels have a pearl nickel finish.

Interior

Elegance continues into the rich yet subtle Enclave cockpit, blending technology with tastefulness. The cabin’s fit and finish excels and offers impressive comfort.

The standard seats are upholstered in cloth but offer masterful elegance. Other Enclaves upgrade to leather. Avenir models apply leather to the dashboard, console, and door panels. Electronic instruments and display touchscreens appear in an expressive sweep across the dashboard, which also contains buttons and traditional switches. Metallic frames on the air vents overlap each front door, helping to keep the cabin cohesive. Buick’s IntelliLink is among the simpler infotainment interfaces.

Adults in the first and second rows not only get plenty of space, they can expect to be coddled. They also get good head clearance and leg space. Power front seats are supportive and comparatively firm. Firm second-row bucket seats slide fore/aft to expand either leg or cargo space. Even with the optional dual-pane sunroof, headroom is sizable.

The second-row’s right-hand passenger seat pivots to ease access to the third row, which provides ample space. Even six-foot adults can fit comfortably, though the seat is somewhat low.

Cargo space excels. Cargo volume behind the third-row seat totals 23.6 cubic feet, growing to 58 cubic feet with that seat folded away. Though it’s not fully flat, the load floor is vast, with cargo capacity reaching 97.6 cubic when second-row seatbacks are down.

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