Exterior

Buick designers added several exterior features to keep this ride from becoming homogenized. Sporty headlights set off its glorious chrome grille, which is embellished with a sandwich-sized Buick emblem.

Sassy hood vents are nestled atop the front end, giving the Enclave a touch of speedster sex appeal. Nineteen-inch chromed aluminum wheels were added to the model I drove, which is like adding some serious jewelry to your car. It gave the Enclave miles and miles o' shine. Gotta love the shine!

The second- and third-row windows are tinted for extra privacy. Fully integrated rocker panels protect passengers big and small from the dirt that comes with climbing in and out of SUVs or large crossovers. Optional exterior steps are available and would certainly be added to my customized Enclave wish list.

In the rear, the chrome-encircled taillights really pop. The Enclave also has my favorite exterior feature - a push-button power liftgate! I cannot tell you how much I love this. Simply push the button on the key fob and the gate opens. To close it, push another button on the door itself. There's no grunting, reaching or "umph!"-ing to get the gate closed. Yay!

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Excellent

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Good Times

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