Yes, Buick’s quiet tuning (or whatever it’s called these days) really works with double glass and oodles of sound deadening -- this baby sails down the road silently and comfortably. Comfortably as in leisurely. No, it’s not quick, but does it need to be? I would argue not really. The 288-hp six-cylinder is smooth and power is adequate. Handling is about as one expects -- it understeers. Again does it matter? It’s not pretending to be even the least bit sporty. You should know exactly what you’re getting: a relaxing people hauler.

And there is indeed plenty of room to haul people and stuff, and the interior materials are nice. One could argue a minivan is even more efficient and even better at family hauling, but this is dang close, a lot quieter and more refined. It’s also better looking. If you want an ultra quiet and smooth crossover, try an Enclave

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2013 Buick Enclave Premium Group review notes

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: What a difference some interior upgrades make. The Enclave has been a nice enough seven-passenger utility since it launched, but this 2013 Buick Enclave Premium Group adds ...

Built on an 8-year-old chassis, the 2015 Buick Enclave Premium Group still offers an amazing ride.

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: As Wes mentions, the most significant feature the Enclave offers is silence; compared to the last Buick Enclave I drove -- maybe two years ago -- this one is notably more luxurious feeling, at least partly due to the additional sound-deadening features. It’s pretty impressive, too -- potholes and road imperfections create a dull thud somewhere in the distance rather than a jarring crash at a definable corner of the car.

One wonders how many pounds of insulation it took (note that this is a 2.5-ton beast) to quiet down what’s fundamentally an 8-year-old chassis and body structure, but it worked. Less successful is the integration of safety and infotainment features that hadn't even been invented when the Enclave began production. The Buick has everything, but it may take you a few minutes or a look at the owner's manual to figure out where the button controlling it is; in instances like that of the trip computer buttons one assumes the location was chosen by virtue of available real estate rather than ergonomics.  

Quiet, comfortable and spacious the 2015 Buick Enclave Premium Group is, though its negatives loom large: $54,000 for an aging, overweight, thirsty Buick crossover. That’s a lot of scratch, but the public loves them some three-row machines and there’s a lot of what crossover buyers look for baked into the Enclave.  

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