Looking for a roomy three-row SUV?
The Buick Enclave offers seating for seven, a powerful yet economical V6, and an impressive amount of technology features. The Enclave is a great choice for the family road trip or the daily commute; it's no wonder the Enclave made it onto the Best SUVs with 3 Rows list. This Buick Enclave review will give you all the key information on the second, and most recent generation (2018-present) of this popular vehicle:
- Key Specs & Features
- 5 Reasons to Buy
- What You Need to Know
- Years in Review
- The Bottom Line
Key Specs & Features (2018-2019 models)
- 310-horsepower, 3.6L six-cylinder engine
- Nine-speed automatic transmission
- Seating for seven
- 97.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume
- New high end luxury Avenir trim now available
5 Reasons to Buy
1. ROOM FOR SEVEN
Enjoy a roomy cabin that can accommodate up to seven people. Buick's "Smart Slide" second-row seating allows easy third-row access and the available power-folding split third-row seating can be easily lowered or raised with a single button. With newly designed, soft-touch materials for 2018, and available heated front and second-row seats, the Enclave is comfortable for the whole family.
2. SPACIOUS CARGO CAPACITY
The mid-size Enclave offers 97.6 cubic feet of configurable cargo space in its 2018 model year. That means you can modify the flexible layout to fit several adults for the daily commute, bring lots of luggage on long vacations, or drop all of the seats for that home improvement run. The Enclave has a layout for you!
3. NEW SLEEK EXTERIOR
The Enclave was updated for 2018 with an all-new exterior design. The Buick tricolor badge and the signature grille are front and center in a new, sleeker exterior. The Evonik Acrylite exterior headlights on the Avenir trim are offer more than 100 individual LEDs.
4. LOTS OF TECH
The 2018 and newer Buick Enclave comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen as part of the Buick Infotainment System. With Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, you can be sure that you will stay connected to your favorite device. With the available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (data plan required), you can make sure your passengers stay connected as well.
5. FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE
With plenty of available features such as low speed forward automatic braking and forward collision alert, standard on the 2018 model's Premium and Avenir trim levels, every drive feels like a breeze. Another available feature is Surround Vision, which provides you with an overhead virtual bird's-eye view of your surroundings. Surround Vision is available on the Essence, Premium, and Avenir trim levels and standard on the Avenir. This is all on top of a standard 310-horsepower V6 with a nine-speed transmission as well as available intelligent All-Wheel Drive which is available on the Essence, Premium, and Avenir trim levels.
What you Need to Know
Buick Enclave Trims
The 2018-2019 Buick Enclave has been offered in five trim levels:
- 1SV (2018): Includes stop/start engine technology, 4G LTE Wi-FI hotspot, Buick Infotainment System with eight-inch diagonal color touch screen, keyless open and push button start, LED headlamps, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and heated front seats.
- Preferred (2019): Includes keyless opening feature and push-button start, smartphone connectivity, QuietTuning™ noise-canceling technology, trizone climate control, rear park assist, and hands-free power liftgate that projects an LED Buick Logo onto the ground.
- Essence: Includes leather first- and second-row seating , tech features such as lane change alert with side blind zone alert, as well as rear cross traffic alert, in-vehicle air ionizer, and SiriusXM.
- Premium: Features a Bose® premium 10-speaker audio system, comfort features including automatic heated and ventilated front seats and steering wheel, second-row heated seats, and other features such as forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, and front pedestrian braking.
- Avenir: Features an exclusive Avenir grille and unique interior styling, Avenir embroidered headrests and floor mats, real wood-accented steering wheel, Surround Vision, rear camera mirror, power dual moonroof with rear fixed skylight, 20-inch aluminum wheels with premium Pearl Nickel finish, and wireless charging.
Buick Enclave Interior
Enclave models feature room for up to seven people with flexible cargo space and three rows of seating. With available wood tones, brushed-chrome materials and available heated, leather-appointed first-and second-row seating the Enclave is a first-class experience. The Enclave also has 97.6 cubic feet of total cargo room.
Buick Enclave Colors
The Buick Enclave is available in various color options across its second generation (2018-present):
- Black Cherry Metallic (2018 only)
- Dark Slate Metallic
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
- Havana Metallic (2018 only)
- Pepperdust Metallic
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Red Quartz Tintcoat
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Summit White
- White Frost Tricoat
Buick Enclave Engine & Transmission
All model years of the Buick Enclave feature a standard 310-horsepower 3.6L DOHC six-cylinder engine with 266 lb-ft of torque across all models. A nine-speed automatic is standard on all Enclave models
Buick Enclave Average CarMax Prices1
- 2014-2017: Average price less than $25,500
- 2018: Average price less than $37,000
Years In Review
2013 Buick EnclaveThe fifth year of the Enclave's first generation saw a significant face lift to the exterior with updated front and rear ends along with some minor interior updates. The transmission and suspension also received updates to add additional smoothness and a more compliant ride. A rearview camera (with cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring) were made standard. All first-generation Enclave models starting in 2009 through the end of the generation's production run (2017) feature the same 3.6L V6 producing 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.
2014 Buick Enclave
After a mid-cycle refresh in 2013, the Enclave only received minor updates including two USB charge ports and text-to-speech functionality improvements. Optional features such as Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning were also added.
2015 Buick Enclave
For 2015, a new Dark Plum interior color was added, as well as a heated wood steering wheel on Leather and Premium models. Four new exterior colors, Crimson Red Tricoat, Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Dark Chocolate Metallic and Midnight Amethyst Metallic, became available.
2016 Buick Enclave
The Enclave now became available with 4G LTE connectivity and three new exterior colors - Summit White, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and White Frost Tricoat. 19-inch alloy wheels are now standard with chrome wheels available. A new trim called the Tuscan Edition was new for 2016 and comes with a bronze grille and 20-inch chrome wheels with bronze accents.
2017 Buick Enclave
The 2017 model year marked the end of the first generation and introduced the Sport Touring Edition, which included a Satin Black Ice-colored grille and 20-inch chrome wheels with Satin Black Ice accents.
2018 Buick Enclave
The 2018 Enclave was brand new and marked the beginning of the second generation, riding on a longer wheelbase platform and featuring a completely revised exterior and interior. The new ultra-luxury Avenir trim was added and features unique exterior and interior styling, as well as standard features such as wireless charging, power dual moonroof with rear fixed skylight, eight-inch driver information center, Surround Vision with full display inside rearview mirror, and 20-inch cast aluminum wheels with Pearl Nickel finish.
2019 Buick Enclave
The Enclave received minor updates including the new Preferred base model trim replacing the previous base 1 SV model. Automatic heated steering wheel now come as standard on Premium and Avenir models, and a new ebony interior is offered on the Avenir model.
The Bottom Line
The Buick Enclave has always been a popular mid-size SUV. With the second generation, Buick has introduced an incredible amount of luxury and practicality that will fit your busy lifestyle. Take a look at the Enclave and you'll find an attractive mid-size SUV with a lot of room and a surprising amount of tech features.
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1Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 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.
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