If you're shopping for an upscale, family-friendly, mid-size crossover SUV with an attractive price tag, the used Buick Enclave never misses. Big families will find it's easy to pile into the cabin, which features adult-friendly third-row seats and a second row that slides and reclines for easy access to them. Every Enclave comes standard with seating for seven passengers, but the optional second-row bench will give you an extra seat if necessary.
Why You Should Choose the Used Buick Enclave
The used Buick Enclave's upscale style is another big draw. The cabin supplies high-quality materials and plenty of luxury features - like leather upholstery, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a dual-panel sunroof. But, even with so much comfort and convenience on offer, the Enclave comes at an extremely fair price.
This luxury crossover also has a practical side. Behind the rear seats, there are 23 cubic feet of cargo space for your kids' sports gear. Flip down the second and third rows to create 115 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. That's more than enough space for the occasional haul of purchases. Rounding out the Enclave's attractions is its smooth, quiet ride. If you do a lot of highway traveling, you'll find that this crossover SUV is on par with luxury competitors with its composed handling and refined ride.
The Buick Enclave Evolution
As of this writing, there's only one crop of used Buick Enclaves - the first generation that debuted for 2008. From model year to model year, Buick has given the Enclave the updates it needs to stay competitive among luxurious, family-friendly crossovers.
· 2009: New Bluetooth connectivity links smartphones to the central infotainment system for hands-free calling and audio streaming. The 2009 Enclave was also the first to included traffic updates for the navigation system, helping you avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic jams. · 2010: The Enclave's updated transmission provides quicker downshifts, thereby helping you get up to speed faster. The transmission in prior model years was programed to conserve fuel, and it had a reputation for being slow on the uptake. · 2012: The current Enclave trim lineup - the Convenience, Leather, and Premium trims - arrive. Prior trims include the base CX and luxurious CXL. · 2014: Forward collision and lane departure warning systems arrive to help drivers avoid potential accidents.
Used Buyers Beware
We recommend shopping for a used Buick Enclave from 2010 and later, as these crossovers offer extra engine power and superior transmission performance. The 2008 and 2009 Enclaves featured automatic transmissions that catered to fuel economy, which made them slow to downshift - and therefore slow to provide power for passing and merging. Starting in 2010, though, the Enclave transmission was reprogrammed to provide quicker responses to your requests.