2014 Buick Enclave

Convenience FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2014 Buick Enclave
2014 Buick Enclave

New for 2014

The 2014 Buick Enclave now comes with forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and dual charge-only USB ports for the second row.

Vehicle Overview

The Buick Enclave is the automaker’s best-selling seven- to eight-passenger crossover, and was recently refreshed for the 2013 model year. It fits above the compact five-passenger Encore crossover in Buick’s lineup.

Summary

The 2014 Buick Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic for an EPA-estimated 16-17/22-24 city/highway in front- and all-wheel-drive forms. It was refreshed for the 2013 model year, keeping the same drivetrain, but making changes to the exterior (front and rear bumpers, trim colors, and subtly restyled grille) and the interior (latest IntelliLink infotainment system, heated/cooled front seat, and material color changes).

Some of the 2014 Enclave's more notable available and standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, swiveling HID headlights to help see around corners, forward collision alert, a front center side airbag, and a lane departure system.

The 2014 Buick Enclave received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS earned a rating of good in the four categories in which it has been tested (the highest-available rating is good).

What We Think

The Buick Enclave hasn’t changed much since the refresh last year, but does it need to? We don’t think so. “The Enclave has one of the more habitable third-row seats in the crossover arena. Adults who measure six feet tall and under can sit back there, provided the sliding second-row captains chairs are not all the way back,” we said in a Driven review of the refreshed 2013 Enclave. “The one mechanical change this year is new dampers, and with them the Enclave rides extremely well -- much better than the fancy-pants Cadillac Escalade -- and it even steers and handles decently. It’s also a quiet cruiser, giving credence to all Buick’s talk about 'quiet tuning.'” We took a short trip up north for a skiing weekend and said, “We appreciated the room, quiet, and comfort, although in the bitter cold we would have welcomed a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, and the interior overall is not as luxurious as a JX35 [now called the QX60].”
You’ll Like
  • Room for adults in third row
  • Class-leading cargo space
  • Great ride with 2013's suspension updates
You Won’t Like
  • Average fuel economy
  • Some hard plastics inside
  • Doesn't offer all the tech of competitors
Key Competitors
  • Acura MDX
  • Infiniti QX60
  • GMC Acadia
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Volvo XC90

Rating

4
2015 Buick Midsize Crossover Front Three Quarter Motion 3
Spied: Buick's Midsize Crossover Caught Testing

While we give credit to Buick for its bold introduction of the subcompact Encore, it was somewhat of a risky move leaving a substantial price and size gap between it and the full-sized three-row Enclave crossover. Based on these spy photos, it looks like an intermediate model to slot between the two is in the works.

What gives this away as a tri-shield variant of what’s likely to also be the basis for the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are the slightly sloping beltline and vertical-slat grille with round center badge — just like that of the current Encore and Enclave.

Proportions indicate a slightly smaller vehicle compared to the current Equinox and Terrain, which are closer in size to the Ford Edge than the compact Escape. The Buick “Anthem,” as it’s rumored to be called (although we’d expect a name starting with an “E” to keep with Buick’s sport ‘ute naming convention), will also go up against the Escape-based Lincoln MKC when it hits showrooms, possibly late next year as a 2015 model.

In terms of locomotion, there’s a chance Buick’s midsizer could get an all-four-cylinder powertrain lineup. The current 3.6-liter V-6 in the Equinox produces a near-class-leading 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, but its 17/24 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating is near the bottom of the segment. Some good candidates could be GM’s direct-injection 2.0-liter turbo I-4, which produces 259 hp and 295 lb-ft in the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Regal, with the 2.5-liter direct-injected I-4 serving as the base engine.

You might have noticed the roof-mounted device on this prototype. It looks very similar to those affixed to Google’s self-driving cars running around Northern California near the tech giant’s headquarters. We’re not sure what purpose they serve here, but the gadget could be an indication that GM is working on integrating some level of autonomous computerized vehicle control into future models. When contacted for comment, Buick representative Phil Colley simply stated “We do not comment on future product speculation.”

Do you think a midsize Buick crossover is a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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2014 Buick Enclave Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
Horsepower:
288 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
270 ft lb of torque @ 3400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt (optional)
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front (optional)
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • Navigation

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Buick Enclave

Depreciation
44.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$20,696
44.2%
Insurance
$6,415
13.7%
Fuel Cost
$12,206
26.1%
Financing
$4,212
9%
Maintenance
$2,496
5.3%
Repair Costs
$281
0.6%
State Fees
$507
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $46,813 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average