2015 Buick Enclave
As it is based on the GM Lambda platform, the Buick Enclave received all the premium features usually associated with the luxury cars. Generously dimensioned, equipped with rather extensive trim packages and powered by a modern 3.6-liter engine, the 2015 Buick Enclave continued the luxury path set forth in 2007 when the car was introduced. Interestingly, Buick did not change anything important for the 2015 model year. The looks remained the same, the trim levels are basically copied from the year before and the change only includes update of various upholsteries and new wheel options.
That however, did not stop the Enclave to continue its mission in the full sized luxury SUV segment. With the roomiest cabin in the business, standard seven seats layout (eight seat layout is available for Leather and Premium trim levels) and rather nicely decorated interior elements, the Enclave continues to be one of the most impressive vehicles in the Buick lineup. Its looks closely follow the lines of smaller Opel sourced vehicles, but all of its features, equipment and driving systems are purely American. That said, the 2015 Buick Enclave is available as a front wheel drive vehicle as well as a four wheel drive SUV. Its dimensions made it rather heavy, so the Enclave, depending on the version weighs from 4.760 lbs to 5.000 lbs which is a lot even for a full sized SUV. New competition from Europe came with lowered overall weight which means that newer vehicles are more fuel efficient and faster. Thankfully, EPA rated the 2015 Enclave at 19 mpg combined which is on par with the other counterparts from the segment. However, the Enclave is powered with the 3.6 liter V6 engine which develops 288 HP and 270 pound-feet of torque. The power is enough to move around a big lump of metal, but it would be better if GM sourced some of its V8 engines for the large Enclave. With the V6, the Enclave can hit 60 mph in 8.6 seconds which is frankly, a bit slower in comparison with the modern competition.
That, however, won’t be a problem for the majority of buyers as Buick offers exceptional cargo capacity and, when equipped properly an option to tow 4.500 lbs. That means, it’ll be easy to haul a boat, a lightweight racing car or any sporty equipment you could think of.
With three trim levels – Convenience, Leather and Premium, the 2015 Buick Enclave can be equipped with the newest infotainment systems developed by the GM. We know that GM makes rather impressive software and entertainment interface systems; thus, getting the newest IntelliLink and OnStar telematics is an asset indeed.
For the higher trim levels, the Buick can be equipped with the 19 inch (or even 20 inch) alloys as well as with a forward collision alert system, dual panel sunroof, a lane departure warning system and similar safety systems that enhance the overall appealing of the car. Interestingly, NHTSA and IIHS declared the 2015 Buick Enclave one of the safest vehicles on the road. It received the best marks for the front, back and side collision test.
All in all, the 2015 Buick Enclave is a vehicle that will get a replacement in a year or two, but even with the technology of yesterday, nicely done interior and beautifully integrated modern equipment, this vehicle stands tall and proud in the segment of full sized luxury SUVs. Despite unchanged appearance and other features, the Enclave remains one of the market’s all-time favorites.