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2015 Buick Enclave Review

The 2015 Buick Enclave ranks among the best midsize SUVs, thanks to its great safety scores, strong reliability rating, spacious cabin, and pleasant ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Solid features list
  • Great safety scores
  • Low fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Buick Enclave's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Buick Enclave has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 95 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Buick Enclave Overview

Is the 2015 Buick Enclave a Good Used SUV?

The three-row 2015 Enclave is a fine used midsize SUV. The Enclave can seat up to eight, and it boasts a tremendous amount of cargo space. It rates highly for crash safety and reliability, and it impresses with a silky smooth ride. All in all, this Buick is well-suited for growing families. However, it’s not the only top pick in this competitive class. You may also want to consider its corporate siblings, the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse and 2015 GMC Acadia, which offer similar practicality – often at a lower price.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 95 Buick Enclave reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2015 Buick Enclave?

Our site has roughly 1,200 listings for the 2015 Buick Enclave, with an average price of $26,300. Prices range from $21,000 to $31,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Buick Enclave Cost to Own?

The Enclave’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,200 – or about $5,600 per year. That’s slightly above average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Enclave?

The 2019 Buick Enclave starts at $40,000 and can exceed $57,000 in its top trim levels. The 2019 Enclave has more active safety features and nicer cabin materials than the 2015 Enclave, and the 2019 comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also provides sleeker exterior styling than the 2015 model. While the 2019 Enclave is undoubtedly the more luxurious vehicle, it doesn’t have as much cargo space as the 2015 model. If you want a practical, reliable midsize SUV, the 2015 Enclave will get you that for thousands of dollars less than the 2019 model.

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If you’d prefer a new midsize SUV but the 2019 Enclave is beyond your budget, look to the compact SUV class. The 2019 Ford Escape starts at $24,105, and the 2019 Honda CR-V has a base price of $24,350. Both SUVs have balanced handling, plenty of cargo space, and impressive interior quality. Consider the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan ($24,295) if you need third-row seating, since it’s one of the few compact SUVs to offer this feature.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Enclave Is Best?

The 2015 Enclave is part of a generation that spans the 2008 through 2017 model years. The SUV received major updates for 2013 and 2014. The 2013 Enclave got a new touch screen, refreshed styling, and available blind spot monitoring, and the 2014 Enclave became available with forward collision warning. There were no major updates for 2015, 2016, or 2017. You can save money with an earlier 2013 or 2014 model, which offers similar performance and many of the same features as the later models.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick Enclave?

The 2015 Enclave has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Buick Enclave Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall notice for the 2015 Enclave. It relates to tire defects. Make sure this recall has been addressed before buying a used Enclave.

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Which Used Buick Enclave Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Enclave is available in three trim levels: Convenience, Leather, and Premium. The base model Enclave Convenience is well-equipped with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, and three USB ports. Other standard features include keyless entry, remote start, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, parking sensors, a power liftgate, and alloy wheels.

The Enclave Leather trim is a bit more tempting, though. It’s available with all-wheel drive, and it adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and blind spot monitoring. The top-level Buick Enclave Premium trim adds navigation, a Bose stereo, heated and ventilated front seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive headlights.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully.

Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Enclave?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Enclave an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Buick a top score of Good in all areas tested.

Every Enclave SUV comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive pivoting headlights.

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2015 Buick Enclave Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Enclave or 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer may top its Buick rival when it comes to fuel economy, but otherwise, it’s a tough SUV to recommend in the midsize SUV class. The Explorer has less rear-seat and cargo space than the Enclave. It rates poorly for reliability, its interior doesn’t feel as upscale as the Buick’s, and its infotainment system is frustrating to use. Stick with the Enclave.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Enclave or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander also trails the Enclave in practicality, but it’s still worth considering. The Highlander has a handsome interior, an easy-to-use infotainment system, strong performance from its V6 engine, great safety scores, and a solid reliability rating. Test drive both of these SUVs to see which one you prefer.

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2015 Enclave Performance

How Does the 2015 Buick Enclave Drive?

The 2015 Buick Enclave has a 288-horsepower V6 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The V6 is quiet, and it scoots this big SUV around town with ease. However, it feels somewhat pokey at highway speeds and provides tepid passing power, especially when towing or carrying heavy cargo. The automatic transmission is partly to blame for this. It’s sometimes hesitant to shift when more power is required.

The Enclave’s ride is excellent, however. The suspension sops up rough pavement with remarkable composure, allowing the Enclave to glide along smoothly at highways speeds, with little road or wind noise permeating the cabin. The Buick tends to sway a bit around turns and doesn’t feel as composed on tight city streets, but that’s to be expected from an SUV of this size. Its wide turning radius and slim rear visibility can make it a chore to park.

Does the 2015 Buick Enclave Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Enclave returns just 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (16/22 mpg with AWD). That’s very low fuel economy for a midsize SUV.

2015 Buick Enclave Towing Capacity

The Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds when equipped with its available towing package. Models without the package are rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds.

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2015 Enclave Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Enclave Seat?

The 2015 Buick Enclave is a three-row SUV, and it can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on its configuration. The second row is available as a bench seat or two captain’s chairs. All three rows offer ample head- and legroom. Even the third row can comfortably seat adults for shorter trips, though it’s best left for younger kids and teens. The second-row seats can slide and recline to better accommodate tall passengers.

Cloth upholstery is standard; leather upholstery is available, as are heated and ventilated front seats. The Buick’s interior is nicely trimmed, and it’s highlighted by a padded dashboard that wouldn’t look out of place in a more expensive vehicle.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Buick Enclave?

The Enclave has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system an Acceptable rating for ease of use, noting that some of the anchors are set too deep within the seat cushions.

2015 Buick Enclave Features

Every Enclave comes well-equipped with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, a CD player, keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Available features include navigation, a Bose stereo, and an 8-inch overhead DVD screen.

The Enclave’s heating and air conditioning controls are easy to use, and they consist of a few buttons and knobs. The IntelliLink touch screen is fairly user-friendly as well, though the screen can occasionally be slow to respond.

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2015 Buick Enclave Dimensions

Buick Enclave Cargo Space

The Enclave provides one of the largest cargo areas in the midsize SUV class. It has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 68.9 cubic feet with them folded, and a vast 115.2 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. A power liftgate is standard.

2015 Enclave Length and Weight

The 2015 Enclave is 16.8 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,724 to 4,922 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Buick Enclave Built?

Buick built the 2015 Enclave in Michigan.

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