2016 Buick Enclave review

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Buick Enclave highlights

Customer rating

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 22 highway, 17 combined

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Full-size by name, full-size by nature

The 2016 Buick Enclave is a full-size SUV that lives up to that title in style. With a cavernous cabin providing seating for up to seven or eight passengers, as well as an equally roomy trunk with lots of cargo space on offer, you’ve got the ideal daily vehicle for you and your crew. Paired with that vast interior is a stout V6 engine for smooth acceleration and highway cruising, and a whole host of features available both as standard and on premium trim levels. It’s perfectly suited for your busy daily life and routine, so take a closer look at the 2016 Buick Enclave.

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5 reasons to buy the 2016 Buick Enclave

1. Vast cabin with seating for seven or eight 

With a total of 153 cu-ft of passenger volume, you’ll love how spacious the 2016 Buick Enclave is. You get three rows of seating and a maximum capacity of either seven or eight passengers, with two captain's chairs in the second row as standard, or an optional second-row bench seat on Leather and Premium trims. Even when the car is full up with passengers, nobody will find themselves in a tight squeeze — you get 41.3 inches of front seat legroom, 36.8 inches in the second row, and 33.2 inches in the third row.  

2. Lots of cargo space 

The 2016 Enclave matches that huge cabin with an equally generous trunk. In the default configuration, 23.3 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear wheels is already impressive. However, should you require more space for stowing awkward items, the back rows both fold flat to expand the total space – up to 68.9 cu-ft with the rear seats folded and a gargantuan 115.2 cu-ft with both rows folded down.  

3. Numerous standard features 

The 2016 Enclave presents a feature list packed with tech and comfort items from top to bottom, with a lot of desirable features included as standard. All 2016 Enclave models are equipped with rear privacy glass, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, OnStar® telematics, and a six-speaker sound system.

For extra luxury touches, move up to the Leather group which adds heated front seats and leather upholstery, or even go all the way up to the Premium Group which adds adaptive headlights, chrome-clad wheels, and an enhanced ten-speaker Bose® sound system. 

4. Driver convenience tech across the range 

A significant part of the 2016 Enclave’s feature list is made up of driver convenience technologies, all tailored to make each journey as effortless as possible. The Convenience Group trim includes rear parking assist and a rearview camera system to start things off, while the Leather group ups the ante with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a blind-spot monitoring system. On the Premium Group, the selection is completed with the addition of forward collision warning and lane departure warning. 

5. Gutsy V6 engine provides good pulling power 

The 2016 Enclave packs a stout engine that’s particularly suited to highway cruising. It’s a 3.6L V6, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and producing 288 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, but there's available all-wheel drive on Leather and Premium Group trims. All of this provides smooth acceleration around town, as well as a useful amount of pulling power — with the available towing package, the 2016 Enclave can tow up to an estimated 4,500 lbs when properly equipped.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

6 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Buick Enclave an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Buick Enclave 25th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Buick Enclave features and specs

Convenience 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Running Boards
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.3"/M 36.8"/R 33.2"

Head room

F 40.4"/M 39.4"/R 37.8"

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Max towing capacity

450/4500 lbs.



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