The new 2014 Buick Enclave is getting high marks for safety among other accolades for comfort, space and overall design. The car manufacturer has hit on a true success across the board with this latest version of what they call their crossover. We call it a full-sized SUV. While is has not been dramatically restyled or technologically reinvented, the 2014 has been engineered to be everything to all who drive it — making it hard to determine the key demographic that Buick was going after.
The 3.6L VVT V6 engine with direct injection (SIDI) boasts 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The All Wheel Drive (AWD) edition provides both the StabiliTrak and full-time traction control systems that constantly monitor and help retain traction for a smooth ride regardless of the terrain. This year’s model is improved to include an innovative new powertrain system to achieve fuel efficiency — a selling point for all crossover vehicles that a bigger crossover doesn’t have to mean a bigger fuel budget. The Enclave gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city.
Soft-touch premium materials are used, making this a true luxury automobile. Heated and cooled leather seating, warm wood tones, brushed chrome accents and ambient lighting create a contemporary interior that is spacious and convenient. The Buick IntelliLink Infotainment System, voice commands for smartphone use and other audio options mean the latest technology is part of the package at the Premium Group level. Navigation and premium-sound Bose system are also well displayed on the dash with easy controls and steering-wheel connectivity.
All of the safety options are included at the Premium Group level as well. Buick Enclave’s newest addition to its already extensive list of safety options includes forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems. The front center air bag, which Buick was first to offer, and the side blind zone with rear cross traffic alerts make this classy vehicle one of the safest on the road.
2014 Buick Enclave
- City MPG 17
- Hwy MPG 24
- 0-60 MPH 8.0 sec
- Transmission 6 speed automatic
- MSRP $48,315 (Top of the line)