The Buick Enclave is in its eighth model year, yet it shows no sign of slowing down as 2016 marks the third year in a row it wins our 5-Year Cost to Own trophy for its class. Having always represented a solid value from the perspective of how much vehicle you get for your dollar -- and we're not just talking about its prodigious size -- the Buick Enclave has withstood the test of time as a reliable and affordable to own luxury SUV.
The Buick Enclave is one of the few luxury SUVs that can seat eight passengers, and that's not an uncomfortable theoretical maximum; you can get eight people in here without much fuss thanks to the big back seat. There's a generous cargo area behind the third row, and those seatbacks fold flat to expand cargo to near-minivan proportions. The interior offers up generous amounts of soft touch surfaces, along with heated and cooled seats, Wi-Fi connectivity, a standard rearview camera and leather upholstery.
There's only one engine for the Buick Enclave: a 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine powering either the front or all four wheels. The Enclave is a big vehicle though, so despite the impressive-sounding horsepower, don't expect rocket-like acceleration. Instead, as we explained in our Expert Review, "The Enclave is most adept as a comfortable cruiser, with a soft ride and an insulated cabin that benefits from Buick's 'QuietTuning' sound suppression."
Along those lines, the Buick Enclave is most comfortable on the highways, where it comfortably soaks up hundreds of miles while coddling its driver and passenger in comfort, as we discovered when we drove one across the country last year.
Along with its comfortable driving experience, Enclave buyers can be comfortable knowing their long-term costs won't be out of sight thanks to its best-in-class cost-to-own figures.