As some consumers tire of the large sometimes boxy traditional SUV, more manufactures are creating the next generation of people and cargo mover in a sleeker, and in the case of the seven-passenger Enclave, more luxurious rendition that still offers the kind of functionality buyers are used to.
It would be hard to find a straight line anywhere on the sculpted body that features HID headlamps up front, rounded and flared fenders front and back and a large, rear power lift-gate.
The Enclave comes in two trim levels and each of those is available as either front, or all wheel drive. While the CXL is the more upscale version, you'd be hard pressed to tell that our test FWD CX model was not a top of the line offering especially as it came through with the optional power sunroof and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.
There is one power train available, a 3.6 Liter 275 horsepower V6 coupled to a 6-speed automatic.
Braking is provided by 4-wheel ABS discs with traction control and stability control technologies.
The EPA rates the FWD Enclave at 16 City/24 Highway.
Luxury abounds on the inside: from the adjustable leather wrapped multi function steering wheel and power seats to the front and second row captain's chairs with fold-down arm rests and the rear seat DVD entertainment system that includes wireless remote and headsets.
The second row seats slide forward to allow access for third row passengers and a fully folding configuration of seating allows for maximum flexibility.
An AM/FM CD player with MP3 compatibility comes standard with a long list of available entertainment and navigation systems optional.
Dual stage air bags are standard as are side impact protection up front with side curtain protection for all three rows.
All Enclaves come with a 4 year/50,000 mile warranty. Our test FWD CX carries an MSRP of $32,790 with the CXL model listing at $34,990.
The Buick Enclave crossover: a new interpretation of the beloved American family motoring icon.