Nobody knows luxury SUVs like Buick. With stunning exterior design features that lead to inviting, sleek, and high-tech interiors, the brand continues to be a leader in finely-crafted vehicle design. It comes as no surprise, then, that the 2022 Buick Enclave makes its main advancements in the design and technology departments. While the exterior certainly has some noteworthy features, I’d like to take a deep dive into the 2022 Enclave’s interior. Vehicles have gone next level with design, and it seems that every brand is now pulling out all the stops when it comes to luxury features, and sometimes it seems that safety technology does so much that the driver can sit back and relax. So, let’s see what makes this model stand out among its counterparts. We’ll focus on three criteria today: refined style, entertainment technology, and safety technology. Show us what you’ve got, Enclave!
The Enclave strives to make driving not just comfortable but enjoyable. Its interior provides an elegant mood by way of wood tones and brushed chrome accents. The enjoyment is not just seen but felt through leather-appointed seats (first and second row), with stitching patterns that convey refinement. With seating for seven over three rows and a generous amount of space, everyone in the Enclave should have an enjoyable ride. When it comes to accessing the third row of seating, there is no climbing, tripping, and stumbling; the Smart Slide second-row seats, notably, the passenger-side Smart Slides seat pitches as it slides, just to make life a little bit easier for you and your passengers.
When it comes to feeling the enjoyment, the Enclave is not content to leave you with nothing more than leather-appointed, argyle-patterned seats. The driver and front passenger get to enjoy those leather-appointed, argyle-patterned seats, of course, but with a very special addition: massage capability. Yes, you read that correctly! The front-row seats of the 2022 Enclave offer available massage chairs as its front-row seats! So, if the whole family is hitting the road for vacation, mom and dad can really get into the mood and start the trip off with relaxation before you’re even out of the driveway.
All too often, refined style comes at the cost of functionality and practicality, not so with the 2022 Enclave. Thanks to its foldable second and third-row seats, the Enclave offers a maximum cargo volume of 97.4 cubic feet. So, no need to fear that this stylish interior will leave you feeling cramped when you have to load up; on the contrary, with a passenger volume of 157.3 cubic feet, everyone should be quite comfortable. Just keep in mind that you can’t have both of those numbers at once…so be strategic.
The 2022 Enclave knows that to achieve refined style, you must find the right balance with technology–neither too much nor too little. As such, its technology is prevalent, aesthetically pleasing, and helpful, but not obnoxious nor overbearing.
Let’s start with the basics: the infotainment system. This is not the average infotainment system. It’s able to pair with up to ten devices, with two smartphones able to be paired actively. On top of that, it gives you access to a number of in-vehicle apps. Not only can passengers pair with the vehicle, but they can also get connected in the vehicle through an available wi-fi hotspot that supports up to four devices, even up to fifty feet away from the vehicle. So, whether you need to finish some work or simply want to stream media, the 2022 Enclave will give you the connective support to do so.
While enjoying such features, battery life will not be an issue; we all know what it’s like to realize that we’ve forgotten our charging cord, but thankfully the 2022 Enclave offers wireless smartphone charging. It’s essentially incognito, too, as it appears to be nothing more than a storage panel; so, the refined style is in no way disrupted by such a feature. With that ever-charged battery, you will have plenty of juice to connect to your vehicle through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (depending on which type of phone you have), giving you access to even more apps, entertainment options, and connectivity features.
It’s not just the passengers who will be connected because the 2022 Enclave’s head-up display provides a stylish and futuristic projected display of information vital to the drivers’ duties in order to keep them informed while keeping their eyes on the road. On top of that, connected navigation will provide live updates, including speed-limit information, to ensure that you are aware of your surroundings as they change.
Going a step beyond Apple CarPlay and the head-up display is the Marketplace app, which allows you to connect with favorite businesses, including restaurants, stores, and gas stations. For example, Marketplace allows you to reserve a table through Yelp at any restaurant registered with Marketplace (within a 25-mile radius, too!). If you’re not looking to sit down for your meal, Marketplace also allows you to order and prepay for pickup through the infotainment system.
While the app has other phenomenal features, including fuel pump location and activation, a favorite technology feature of most drivers will probably be ParkWhiz, which allows you to locate, book, and pay for parking before even arriving at the lot. I will say this again: ParkWhiz allows you to locate, book, and pay before arriving. So, by the time you arrive, parking is essentially done, and all you have to do is slide into the spot. No more driving up and down the parking garage, hoping a spot opens up.
So, while the 2022 Buick Enclave keeps its refined style by sticking to traditional, elegant aesthetics, its technology is working overtime to keep you connected on the road.
With ample connectivity comes ample need for awareness and safety. The Enclave wants all drivers and passengers to feel safe and confident while driving. Because of this, Buick Driver Confidence Plus comes standard in the 2022 Enclave. This impressive safety package includes features such as automatic emergency braking, following distance indicator, lane change alert/lane keep assist, rear park assist, and forward collision alert. While features like this are, of course, no excuse for inattentive driving, even the best drivers can attest to the fact that uncontrollable things happen. Buick Driver Confidence Plus works to eliminate or mitigate any unexpected moments while driving.
An increasingly-popular safety technology that is present in the 2022 Enclave is the rear camera mirror, which allows you to utilize the actual mirror or a rear camera view that displays itself in the mirror. This allows for a more detailed, unobstructed view, and is perfect for road trips, moving, or workloads when the car is filled to the brim with cargo. This is a fantastic development in safety technology, as the lack of a rearview can lead to serious safety hazards, but this issue has been resolved in the 2022 Enclave. Just to make sure that you have help when you need it, the 2022 Enclave offers available OnStar service, including Automatic Crash Response and Roadside Assistance. So, no matter what the road may bring, you’ll have the support you need.
Driving does not need to be merely utilitarian. It is good to enjoy driving, and the 2022 Buick Enclave certainly makes it easy to enjoy time spent in the car. Not only does the Enclave offer refined (and functional) style to give you a relaxing in-vehicle experience, but it also provides you with ample entertainment technology to keep you connected as well as stellar safety features to make sure that drivers are protected in all cases. What makes the Enclave such an excellent vehicle is that its technology is embedded into its style, making efficient use of every aspect of its design.
Buick seems to know the secret when it comes to the integration of design and technology: not to overdo it with the technology. The Enclave’s technology is present and highly-helpful, but the design of the interior feels elegant and traditional rather than modern and high-tech, which dates very quickly. Buick knows luxury SUVs, and they continue to develop this expertise through the 2022 Enclave.