Changes for the 2015 Buick Enclave:
Aside from four new exterior colors and one new interior color, the 2015 Enclave is equipped with a new heated steering wheel when choosing the Leather or Premium trim level. Additionally, a new Experience Buick Package can be added to the top-of-the-line Premium model, equipping the SUV with a power sunroof, unique 20-inch wheels, and a towing package good for 4,500 lbs. of trailering capacity.
The 2015 Buick Enclave is a full-size, 3-row, 8-passenger crossover SUV. Three trim levels are available, called Convenience, Leather, and Premium. To get the optional all-wheel-drive system, the Leather or Premium trim is required.
The Leather model adds leather seats, naturally, along with memory settings for two drivers, 10-way power-adjustable front seats including power lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. This model also includes Side Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert systems, and rides on larger 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Upgrade to the Enclave Premium for ventilated front seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a navigation system with NavTraffic real-time traffic information, and a premium audio system. This model also features articulating headlights as well as heated, power folding side mirrors with embedded turn signal indicators. Safety features for this model include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning systems.
Engines and Transmissions:
When it comes to the Buick Enclave, you decide whether to get front-wheel or AWD, and that’s it. Every version of this SUV features a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Buick tosses in two years or 24,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
If you decide to get AWD, you’ll pay extra for it up front and at the gas pump. In combined driving, the Enclave’s EPA-rated fuel economy estimate is 19 mpg for the front-drive model, and 18 mpg for the AWD variant.
Every 2015 Enclave is equipped with a standard front-center airbag, unique in the industry and designed to protect front-seat occupants from crashes occurring on the opposite side of the vehicle from where they are sitting. Additional standard features include a reversing camera, rear parking assist sensors, and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response and opt-in FamilyLink location sharing service.
In crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the Enclave receives a 5-star overall rating while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the SUV high marks for crashworthiness combined with a Basic front crash prevention rating. The IIHS had not assessed the Enclave in the small overlap frontal-impact test as this summary was written.
Standard equipment for the 2015 Enclave includes an IntelliLink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and voice recognition technology. It includes Bluetooth calling and music streaming, text messaging alerts, Siri Eyes Free capability, access to Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio, and more. A single-screen, rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional, and includes audio/visual input jacks and a 120-volt, 3-prong household-style power outlet.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
June 29, 2014
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