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2016 Buick Enclave Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Buick Enclave was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

According to reviewers, the 2016 Buick Enclave's interior is well-appointed, made with soft-touch surfaces and quality materials and is almost as nice as a luxury SUV's cabin. They remark the Enclave has spacious seating in all three rows and an impressive amount of cargo space.

  • "The interior of a Buick Enclave isn't quite as rich as those found in some premium competitors, but most surfaces are still attractive and of good quality." -- Edmunds
  • "While the Acadia takes on a more truck-like personality, the Traverse is a well-rounded everyday runner, and the Enclave is the most upscale member of the family. It isn't quite at the caliber of a Lexus or a Mercedes, but for the price, it might present the best near-luxury value among 3-row vehicles." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The 2015 Buick Enclave is the American brand's answer to luxury 3-row crossover SUVs such as the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60. Like those upscale family haulers, the Buick is awash with amenities such as plush interiors, premium audio and advanced safety systems." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Aside from unconvincing faux wood trim, the interior wouldn't look out of place in a more much expensive luxury vehicle." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Enclave seats seven, or eight when equipped with an available middle-row bench seat. The second row slides back and forth, and a power-adjustable driver's seat comes standard. Available features include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated and ventilated front seats. Test drivers report that the Enclave has spacious seating in all three rows, and they appreciate that the sliding second-row seats allow for more legroom in the second or third row. A few note that the second-row seats are mounted too low for best comfort, and that rearward visibility is poor when the Enclave is filled with passengers.

  • "Front-row passengers will enjoy abundant head- and legroom, as will most second-row occupants. But those middle-row seat cushions are mounted a bit low, which impacts comfort for adults. Sliding the second-row seats all the way back helps alleviate this issue, but doing so effectively kills third-row legroom. The third row is actually roomy enough for adults to fit in comfortably (as long as second-row occupants are kind enough not to slide their seats all the way back), though it's best for those of smaller stature or children. This is especially true if you want to fit three across. Rearward visibility is almost nonexistent when you have a full crew aboard." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats also have fore/aft adjustment - when scooted rearward, the second-row seat provides more legroom for taller passengers, while adjusting it forward results in more storage space or additional legroom for third-row passengers." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Legroom is generous even in the third row, as is rear cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Interior Features                                                

The 2016 Enclave comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, which enables up to seven mobile devices to connect to the Internet simultaneously. Available features include navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert.

Reviewers think the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Enclave is high-tech, but they note the touch controls can be frustrating to use and the screen is positioned too low for the driver to see easily. A few critics say the redesigned climate controls are easy to see and use.

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  • "The climate controls are operated by three easy-to-use knobs, though the buttons interspersed with them are very small. Every Enclave features Buick's IntelliLink 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which provides smartphone integration for Internet radio and other apps. It features a clean layout and an intuitive menu structure, though learning one's way around the system can take a while. The screen itself is mounted low in the driver's sight line and requires a longer glance away from the road than we'd like. In addition, the system is sometimes slow to respond to touch inputs (and occasionally misses them entirely), making the interface a bit frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • "Step into the 2015 Buick Enclave and you'll see a handsome front panel with stylized instrument faces and clean integration of the IntelliLink touch-screen display. The display blends hard buttons and touch-based controls, the latter of which can be - if you'll excuse the pun - too touchy, especially when you're driving at freeway speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The most appreciated changes, however, are to the climate controls. Last years' flat buttons are replaced with two knobs accented with brightly lit LED temperature readouts. They're immediately intuitive and a step forward in ergonomics and design." -- Truck Trend (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Enclave has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in use, 68.9 cubic feet with the third row folded and 115.2 cubic feet with both the middle and rear rows folded. Auto writers say the Enclave has an impressive cargo area, and they note the second-row seats can slide forward to maximize the available cargo space.

  • "When it comes to cargo space, the Enclave is definitely a leader in its class. Even with the third-row seats in place, it can carry more luggage than most rivals. Space is abundant when lowering either the second or third row, as the Enclave offers more cargo space than any crossover apart from its Chevrolet and GMC siblings." -- Edmunds
  • "Not only does the Enclave seat up to eight in comfort, the ingeniously-designed 2nd-row seats, with flip-up cushions and the capability to slide fore-and-aft, make it easy to access the 3rd-row seat or to increase the cargo capacity for those trips home from the big-box store." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "… a full 23 cubic feet of cargo space is available with all seats in place. Fold all but the front seats down, and that figure increases to a class-leading 115 cubes." -- Left Lane News (2015)

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