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2012 Buick Enclave Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Buick Enclave was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2012 Buick Enclave’s classy, high-quality interior impresses reviewers. Not only is the Enclave’s interior attractive, but it’s also roomy, with one of the largest cargo capacities in its class and a third row fit for adults.

  • "The well-assembled interior includes high-quality materials. Chrome and wood-finish trim accents impart a classy ambiance. The standard cloth upholstery is nice enough, but the available leather feels more upscale.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the first things you're likely to notice about the Enclave's interior are its stylish design and quality materials, these superficial elements are just the beginning.” -- Edmunds


The Buick Enclave can seat up to eight, and reviewers say its third row fits adults comfortably. That’s high praise in a class where most third-row seats are only suitable for children. If you’re looking for true third-row comfort, your best choice is a minivan.

  • "The ability to comfortably transport up to eight passengers with the available second-row bench seat is something not all crossovers can claim. Even the third-row seats are suitable for adult passengers.” -- Edmunds
  • "Easy entry through large doors, and the 2nd-row seats tilt and slide forward to ease access to the 3rd row. Whether buckets or bench, the 2nd-row seats slide fore and aft about 3 inches to benefit either 2nd- or 3rd-row legroom. With the 2nd row slid forward, the 3rd row can accommodate 6-footers, though they'll ride knees-up. The bench seats are wide enough for 3-across seating for adults, but center-seat cushioning is stingy.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features                                                

The Enclave comes standard with a power liftgate, a tilt and telescopic steering column and tri-zone automatic climate control. Reviewers say that most of the controls are easy to use, although one mentions that the Buick Enclave’s chrome trim can be annoyingly reflective in bright sunlight.

  • "Clear, luminous gauges are easy to see in all light conditions. The available navigation system absorbs most audio functions, but doesn't complicate their use. Climate controls are mounted fairly low but are within easy reach. Their push buttons are less convenient than rotary knobs.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Downsides here include chrome trim that can cause blinding reflections on a sunny day and audio and climate control buttons that are a bit on the small side.” -- Edmunds


The Buick Enclave has one of the largest cargo capacities in its class, outdone only by its corporate siblings, the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. It can hold up to 115.3 cubic feet of cargo behind the front seats, 67.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 23.2 cubic feet behind the third row. Reviewers say that in addition to its roomy cargo capacity, the Buick Enclave provides plenty of storage cubbies for smaller items.

  • "There's more usable space behind the raised 3rd-row seat than in most midsize SUVs, plus a handy underfloor compartment. Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold forward easily to create a flat, nearly-level load floor. … Several bins and cubbies provide ample interior storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "For bulky items, folding down the second and third-row seats creates a nice flat load floor with 116 cubic feet of cargo room, a number that handily beats many crossovers but falls short of the massive carrying capacity of modern minivans." -- Edmunds

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