Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Buick Enclave

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Buick Enclave

4. Space in Spades

This is where the Enclave really starts looking good. Its interior volume sits between the Escalade and longer wheelbase Escalade ESV. Its true that comparing the two on a quality bases is sort of like saying a t-bone and rib-eye are the same because they both come from a cow and are served bone-in.

Here’s the thing: unless you’re towing a boat, horse trailer or an ego of equal girth to one of those things, there’s really no reason to buy a truck-based SUV. You’re never going to use more than a sliver of its capability.

At most, you’ll load it up with a variety of cargo. Believe it or not, the Encore offers an interior that sits between the two lengths of Escalade or perhaps more appropriately, the GMC Yukon Denali and Denali XL.

Granted, the interior materials lack the rich, buttery soft feeling you’ll get with the Cadillac and they still fall short of the recently-upgraded Denali interiors. But at $39,815 (including delivery) to start, you’ll realize a savings worth much more than the marginal downgrade in cabin quality. For example, the GMC Yukon starts at  $47,330 and that price gets you the standard wheelbase version that has less interior volume than the Enclave.

There’s always the mechanically similar GMC Adadia Denali that can offer a comparable features list at a lower price, but its interior still has sort of a work-a-day styling that is absent in the Buick product.