In an ever-changing market, car buyers are demanding quality products and positive buying experiences. This change has been the focus of Buick for the past few decades, and the outcome has been a product lineup that is changing the way people think of the brand. Within the past decade, Buick has repositioned the brand to be one of the most design and luxury oriented brands in the automotive market. I recently tested one of Buick’s most popular models, the 2014 Enclave, and the experience was exceptional.
The Enclave draws the eye along the car, where the sloping beltline is finished off with distinctive headlights. Chrome accents are abundant across the Buick lineup, as are headlights trimmed with beautiful strips of LED daytime running lights and Buick’s iconic blue halo rings. The Enclave’s lines wrap around to a conservatively styled rear.
It is evident that Buick has spent countless hours perfecting the interior, and the outcome is an experience that makes you appreciate quality and craftsmanship. The richly appointed cabin uses wood trim, fabrics and leathers that are all rich in color. The premium materials move into the second and third rows, where seating configurations can be changed to accommodate either seven or eight passengers comfortably. The interior is completed with a large cargo area behind the third row that can be expanded with the easy-to-fold second and third row seats.
When you get behind the wheel of the Enclave, you feel as though you have command of the road. Where Buick excels is the quietness of the cabin, even at highway speeds. When driving at highway speeds on Highway 61 through Red Wing, the road noise and unevenness of the pavement goes unnoticed with the use of Buick’s Quiet Tuning and the comfort focused suspension. Peace of mind comes from the available All Wheel Drive system and extensive list of safety features. The most lasting impression the Enclave leaves, though, is its versatility on the roads. The Enclave is a large crossover, though you would never know it from the way it drives. It easily maneuvers the parking lots and narrow streets of a city, yet never feels dwarfed when driving along larger vehicles.
The Enclave is undoubtedly a luxury vehicle, and it does not disappoint with convenience and technology features. The day of the drive, it was 80°F and humid, and I was able to test the available remote start system and cooled seats. While driving and listening to my music via the Bluetooth streaming audio, I was also able to connect with an OnStar representative. Passengers will enjoy a host of entertainment options, and one standout feature is the dual USB charging ports for the backseat passengers. Keeping the tablets and mobile phones charged will never again be a worry on the longer road trips taken in the Enclave. The Enclave has added convenience with the standard power operated liftgate.
The Enclave occupies a unique position in the market, with competition in the luxury and premium segment. Acura’s MDX and Lexus’ RX crossovers have long been the benchmark of the luxury crossover segment, but no longer. Buick has successfully produced a superior vehicle that bests the luxury and performance features of the MDX and the versatility of the smaller RX. The Enclave is a vehicle that can be loaded up with a family and their cargo for a weekend trip to the cabin or a trip to the grocery store, all while maintaining the luxury that Buick has promised. What is so great about the Enclave is that it works seamlessly for people in so many different stages of life. Whether an emerging family looking to expand the versatility offered by their vehicle or empty nesters looking to upgrade to something comfortable and luxurious, the Enclave delivers.
The Buick Enclave is a perfect vehicle for people in so many different stages of life, and now is the time to buy. At Red Wing Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac, the years of experience and dedication to our customers add to an experience that is superior to that of any other. To show how dedicated we are to earning your business, Red Wing Buick will match the price of an exact Buick that a customer finds, and will provide you with additional information to make an informed decision. Here in Red Wing, we know that the purchase process can be arduous, but we are dedicated to serving our customers and providing them with the knowledge and service that is expected from a luxury brand like Buick.