As I mentioned in my previous vehicle review post a few weeks ago, I’ll be driving various family vehicles this year to see if they’re a fit for my family of five. I’m particularly interested in SUV’s since I’ve been driving a mini-van for over 10 years now, and I think it may be time for a change to something new, but equally as large, seating-capacity-wise (a 7 seater).
We drove the Buick Enclave (7-seater) a few weeks ago and truly enjoyed the drive. I loved that it felt more mini-van than truck, drove smoothly and had plenty of cargo space for the kids, and actual cargo. One of my biggest concerns about moving from a mini-van to an SUV is the lack of cargo space but the Enclave did not disappoint.
The groceries fit, no problem, even with the third row seating up.
I liked the functionality of the dashboard and a large screen, although I didn’t love the analog speedometer. The back-up camera, as I mentioned in my last post, is now on my must-have list.
Overall, the Buick Enclave met all of my must-haves:
- 7 passenger seating
- leather upholstery
- back-up camera
- push-button lift-gate
- USB connection
- heated seats
- power moon/sun roof
- Fits in my garage easily
And also offered a few ‘nice to haves’:
- push-button engine start
- Excellent ‘get-up-and-go’
- Good fuel economy
- Moving headlights (“articulating headlights”)
- Heated steering wheel
- Moonroof over the second row
I felt it was missing:
- locking gas cap
The Enclave fit in my garage, no problems.
The price of the model I drove was $61,870.00 plus tax, which works out to approximately $875 per month (with 0 down payment, over 7 years) when calculated using the Buick online calculator.