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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Buick Enclave ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Buick Enclave has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 95 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2015 Buick Enclave Review

The 2015 Buick Enclave is one of the better midsize SUVs on the market. Its cabin quality rivals some luxury SUVs, and passenger and cargo space is generous for the class thanks to a standard third row. The engine is sufficient, but it feels strained under heavy loads. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable second-row sliding seats
  • Generous cargo space

 

 

  • Slightly slow acceleration
  • Slow-loading infotainment screen

 

2015 Buick Enclave Overview

Is the 2015 Buick Enclave a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Buick Enclave earned excellent crash test results and will appeal to families that need lots of space. Its cabin is made with high-quality materials and comes equipped with plenty of comfort and safety features. Not all is perfect, however. The Enclave’s ride is generally smooth, but it can be unwieldy at times.

Used 2015 Buick Enclave Performance and Interior

Only one engine is available for the Buick Enclave: a 288-horsepower V6. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s enough power for daily driving, but it can feel sluggish when carrying a full load of people and luggage or hauling a trailer. The standard front-wheel-drive model earns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models get 16 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. These are decent numbers for a vehicle of this size. The Enclave is tuned for a forgiving ride, but the soft suspension makes maneuvering in tight spaces a bit of a chore.

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There are seats for seven people in Enclaves with standard second-row captain's chairs. Capacity expands to eight with the available second-row bench seat. Both second-row configurations slide forward to make accessing the third row easier. Adults have plenty of head- and legroom in the third row, but second-row passengers’ knees may bump into the front seats. Cargo space abounds. With the second- and third-row seats lowered, there’s more than 115 cubic feet available. That’s even more than in some large SUVs. For securing child safety seats, the Enclave offers LATCH hardware in three different locations. In the second row, the two outboard seats have upper and lower anchors. The middle seat in the third row offers only a tether anchor.

The cabin is richly outfitted, with features like leatherette upholstery. Some reviewers compare the interior quality to that of the Acura MDX. The Enclave also comes loaded with plenty of standard features, including an attractive 6.5-inch touch screen on the dash, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, and satellite radio. Redundant buttons for controlling the infotainment system are mounted conveniently, but the screen sits a bit low. Response to touch inputs is also slow. Family-friendly available features include a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a DVD player, wireless headphones, and an 8-inch overhead display.

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Used 2015 Buick Enclave Prices

Used 2015 Enclaves average just under $25,100 for the base model and climb to about $31,900 for the top trim with AWD. The actual price you pay will depend upon a number of factors, including the car’s condition, location, features, and mileage.

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We Did the Research for You: 91 Reviews Analyzed

Our staff analyzed 91 reviews of the 2015 Buick Enclave to give you a balanced, unbiased look at this SUV’s strengths and weaknesses. We do this to help readers make the best possible buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick Enclave?

The 2015 Buick Enclave has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That is considered an above-average score for the industry.

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How Safe Is the Enclave?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Enclave five out of five stars overall and in all of its crash tests save one: the rollover test. In that evaluation, the Enclave earned four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Enclave the highest rating of Good in all its crash tests.

The 2015 Enclave comes standard with two active safety features: a rearview camera and rear parking assist. Available features include: blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Enclave?

The 2015 Buick Enclave represents the eighth year of the vehicle’s first generation, which launched in 2008. If you’re considering purchasing an older model to save money, go with a 2013 or 2014 Enclave. The 2013 model made the rearview camera and infotainment system standard. The 2014 model is essentially the same as the 2015, as no significant changes were made for 2015.

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Which Used Buick Enclave Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Enclave comes in three trim levels: Convenience, Leather, and Premium. The Convenience trim is well-equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touch screen, the IntelliLink infotainment system, USB ports, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a two-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, second-row captain's chairs, and a power liftgate. This trim will probably satisfy most consumers.

For more luxury, the Leather trim adds leather seating, heated front seats, and two active safety features: blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The top-level Premium trim has heated and cooled front seats, navigation, rear audio controls, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering column, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

You might consider purchasing a certified pre-owned Enclave for extra protection. With Buick’s CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven 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.

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2015 Buick Enclave and Other SUVs to Consider

The Enclave is a somewhat unusual midsize SUV. In terms of size, it looks like – and has the cargo capacity of – a large SUV. In addition, its cabin resembles what you would find in a luxury midsize SUV rather than a nonluxury midsize. Still, there are better-handling, zippier, less expensive SUVs available.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Enclave or 2015 Chevrolet Traverse?

There's very little separating the Enclave and the 3-row Chevrolet Traverse. Both have a decent engine, but they struggle when the SUVs are fully loaded. Both also have very spacious cargo holds and offer a good range of standard features. You’ll find the Enclave’s interior a touch more upscale and quiet, and the Traverse’s handling a bit better in the city. The decision may come down to price, as the Traverse will probably save you several thousand dollars.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick Enclave or 2015 Acura MDX?

The Acura MDX is a good luxury midsize SUV that can deliver more power on the highway than the Enclave, as well as much better fuel economy. It’s also nicely loaded with features, though its infotainment system is not particularly user-friendly. While the MDX has considerable cargo space, it still lags behind the Enclave by 25 cubic feet. Plus, it costs a lot more. The Enclave is the better buy.

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