Interior

The Enclave's interior is luxurious, pretty-looking and within reach. I say within reach because the Enclave is a really big crossover. Normally when I get into a big crossover I can't reach all the controls, but in the Enclave I was able to both reach items on the center stack and hand gum to my kids in the backseat (while stopped at a red light, naturally). I still don't know how the latter was possible, because the second-row captain's chairs seemed so far away from me that I often thought the kids weren't even in the car at all. Can you imagine the peace?

From the driver's standpoint, all instrumentation was simple and easy to read. Even the electronic systems that told you how much gas you were using and when your next oil change should be were easy to use with the push of a button. I appreciated the little things, like the adorable clock placed in the center of the dash, the armrest that could move fore and aft to accommodate people of different sizes, and the super-sized lumbar support that helped me feel comfortable at all times.

In the second row, captain's chairs kept the kids from knocking each other around and provided enough room to easily access the third row. The boys' booster seats fit nicely into the seats, and my oldest was able to buckle in easily - lemme hear an hallelujah! Seatback pockets gave the kids plenty of storage, and cupholders in the doors kept drinks well within reach. One option I'd liked to have tried was the center console for the second row. My test car wasn't equipped with it. In photos, it appears to house cupholders, some storage space and more of the shiny faux-wood accents the front-row passengers enjoy.

The third row was roomier than most I've seen, and it also offered cupholders for the outboard passengers. I loved that the seat belt for the third-row center seat was retractable and easily housed in the ceiling when not in use. It showed that Buick's design team was really thinking when it worked on this crossover, not just throwing in features to suit a corporate checklist.

I tested the Enclave's cargo space with a trip to the grocery store. With the quick tug of a belt, the third row folded down easily and really opened up the cargo area. It was so huge I could have easily stretched out back there. After emptying all the groceries out of the back, a quick pull on the strap had the row upright again. All that was left for me to do was press the button to close the hatch. Gotta love features that really do make your life easier!

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

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