When Buick recently decided to name 11 "greatest hits" from its back catalog, it wanted one vehicle to define each decade the company has been making luxury cars. The most current model on the list and the one representing the modern Buick brand? The Enclave. This full-size crossover seats up to eight people in a giant interior that could also double as a moving van. Its luxury styling elements, quiet cabin and optional AWD have earned the V-6-powered Enclave not only prestige within Buick’s history, but also a breakout sales success rank that few expected when the model was launched as a 2008 model.
The name is pronounced “On Clave” and loosely means "to surround and protect." The name matches the mission of this family friendly wagon: offer almost all of the normal minivan space and safety benefits in a more fashionable SUV shell - with optional AWD and 4,500-pound towing capability.
The latest 2014 Buick Enclave packs a few updates to its interior amenities, new safety tech and a light exterior refresh that includes LED lights front and rear. How does it fare versus its primary competition in the $45,000 luxury crossover segment: the Infiniti JX35 and the new Acura MDX? Does it have enough luxury to justify the extra spend over the latest seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe?
Updated 03/27/2015: Buick announced the Enclave will receive a Tuscan Edition package for the 2015 model year at the New York Auto Show in April. Learn more about it below.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2014 Buick Enclave with mega photo gallery of the revised exterior and interior.