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2020 Buick Enclave Review | CarMax

The Buick Enclave is a great AWD midsize crossover with a long list of upscale luxury features both standard and available. From the well-equipped base-model Preferred trim to the ultra-luxurious Avenir trim, there is definitely an Enclave out there just for you. While we currently do not have many 2020 Buick Enclaves on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future.

The first-generation Enclave (2008–2017) is a great choice, as is the newly updated second-generation (beginning in 2018) Enclave. So, if you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Buick Enclave with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Buick Enclave at CarMax.1

  • 2018 - Average price less than $34,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Buick Enclave review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2020 Buick Enclave comes standard with FWD, a 3.6L engine, and a nine-speed automatic transmission, and it gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined city/highway (20 mpg combined with AWD).2

Cargo Space::

  • 97.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat
  • 23.6 cubic feet when carrying a full load of passengers

Towing Capacity::

  • The 2020 Buick Enclave's towing capacity is an estimated 1,500 lbs. in the base Preferred trim with the 3.6L engine when properly equipped.3
  • With the available Trailering Package—available on the Essence, Premium, and Avenir trims—the 2020 Enclave with the 3.6L engine can tow an estimated 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • The 2020 Buick Enclave can seat up to seven people across its three rows of seating.

Engine Options::

  • The 2020 Buick Enclave is only available with one engine, a 310-hp 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 engine.

Tech Features:

  • Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Rearview camera
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Six USB connections spread across its three rows
  • Optional Bose® audio system.


The Buick Enclave has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Upscale Exterior

The 2020 Buick Enclave features a curvy, sculpted shape that stands out in the SUV crowd. With its tri-shield badge, "winged" LED headlamps, and signature Buick grille front and center, it makes for an attractive, sleek exterior. In fact, the Enclave is anything but dull. Check out the amazing Evonik Acrylite® exterior headlights, specific to the Avenir trim, which are made up of more than 100 individual LED lights.

2. Seating for Seven

2020 Buick Enclave Review: Third Row | CarMax

Are you looking for an SUV with a luxury-focused roomy cabin that can accommodate up to seven people? Check out Buick's Smart Slide second-row seating which allows for easy third-row access. With available heated front- and second-row seats, the Enclave offers a comfortable ride for the whole family or while playing host to the office carpool.

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3. Spacious Cargo Capacity

2020 Buick Enclave Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

The midsize Enclave features up to 97.6 cubic feet of configurable cargo space (23.6 cubic feet with all seats in place). You can modify the flexible layout to meet your needs, like fitting several adults in during the daily commute, accommodating all that hardware from the weekend run to the home improvement store, or even packing up lots of baggage for long vacations. The standard hands-free power liftgate will help you load it all up. So, whether it is room for people or room for stuff, the 2020 Enclave has a configuration for you!

4. Loads of Tech

2020 Buick Enclave Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

With a standard eight-inch touchscreen and the Buick Infotainment System which includes integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can be sure that you'll be able to stay connected to your favorite devices. Add in the available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (data plan required), and your passengers can stay connected wherever you go.4

5. Cool Sport Touring Edition

The Enclave is all about luxury and practicality. However, the optional Sport Touring Edition adds another level of cool to the mix. With a ton of black trim details like a unique black-out mesh grille, plus 20-inch aluminum wheels with satin graphite painted accents, and an “ST" badge on the hands-free power liftgate, this is definitely a great option to consider for your 2020 Enclave.

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What You Need to Know

2020 Buick Enclave: Available Trims

The 2020 Buick Enclave comes in five distinct trim configurations:

  • Preferred: The base Enclave is well equipped, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and much more.
  • Essence: Adds features like leather upholstery and an enhanced cabin air filter. The Essence trim also opens up optional extras like all-wheel drive, a 360-degree-camera parking system, a towing package, and a sunroof.
  • Premium: Adds standard driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking, GM Safety Alert Seat, and front parking sensors. It also adds additional standard luxury features like ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.
  • Avenir: The top-trim luxury-focused Enclave features everything from the other trim levels plus premium leather upholstery, a navigation system, wireless smartphone charging, 20-inch wheels, a power moonroof with fixed rear skylight, and more.

2020 Buick Enclave: Available Colors

The 2020 Buick Enclave is available in the following ten colors:

  • Champagne Gold Metallic (Not available on Preferred trim)
  • Dark Moon Blue Metallic (Not available on Avenir trim)
  • Dark Slate Metallic
  • Ebony Twilight Metallic
  • Quicksilver Metallic (Not available on Avenir trim)
  • Red Quartz Tintcoat (Not available on Avenir trim)
  • Rich Garnet Metallic (Only available on Avenir trim)
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Summit White (Not available on Avenir trim)
  • White Frost Tricoat

2020 Buick Enclave: Interior

The 2020 Buick Encore is available with lots of great interior features:

  • All but the base Preferred trim level come standard with leather interior.
  • Heated seats are standard across all trim levels.
  • Take a look at the range-topping Avenir trim for the full-on luxury-SUV experience and enjoy premium leather trim, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

2020 Buick Enclave: Average CarMax Prices1

The 2020 Buick Enclave is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Buick Enclave.

  • 2018 - Average price less than $34,5001

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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Buick Enclave5

The 2020 Buick Enclave is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Buick Enclaves with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Buick Enclave.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.0/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $720.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Buick Enclave

The 2020 Buick Enclave received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Buick Enclave, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Buick Encore

If you're after an impressively well-equipped subcompact luxury crossover, take a look at the small-but-practical Buick Encore! The Encore has been in production since the 2013 model year and its first generation ran up through the 2019 model year. The 2017-2019 Encore is a great place to start your search. It comes standard with a 138 hp 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine while an optional 153 hp direct-injected 1.4L turbo engine is also available. After some exterior updates for 2017 and minor trim updates for the 2018 model year, the 2019 model comes with great standard features on the base 1SV like:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Six-way power driver seat
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated power side mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Chevrolet Traverse

The midsize Traverse is a three-row SUV that has been in production since 2009 and the second generation of the Traverse began in 2018. Sitting on an all-new platform, the 2018–2019 Traverse can be found with either a 310-hp 3.6L V6 engine or a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 hp. Take a look at the base Traverse L trim and you'll find impressive standard equipment across 2018 and 2019 model years including:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • LED running lights and xenon headlights
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Seating for eight
  • Rearview camera

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride was launched for the 2020 model year. With a fresh design and a massive amount of standard features, there is a lot to like about this Kia midsize SUV. Seating up to eight passengers is just one item from that long list, as is the standard 291-hp 3.8L V6. Look for standard features on the base 2020 Kia Telluride LX like:

  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Integrated parking sensors

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Buick Encore offers a fantastic mix of technology, practicality, and luxury. If you need a three-row midsize SUV with a surprising amount of standard features and a ton of optional luxury-focused extras, the Encore is definitely one to add to your shopping list.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
5RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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