Buick Enclave

Buick Enclave

About Buick Enclave

It’s been a decade since Buick first introduced the Enclave, a 3-row crossover SUV that arguably has set the standard for the genre. But other than minor facelifts and equipment upgrades, the GM division has done little else to this workhorse. But now, it has totally redesigned the Enclave, added a new range-topping version call Avenir and generally lifted the bar for what buyers can expect in this segment that has some pretty tough competition in the form of the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Mazda CX-9. In fact, with its better packaging and affordable price, it still has enough upscale aura to possibly turn the heads of Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 intenders.

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2018 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2018?
2018 Buick Enclave

This is the first major redesign in the vehicle’s history. It rides on an all-new platform, has distinctive and fresh styling and offers a host of new features. The 3.6-liter V6 engine puts out more power and is now mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. And for the first time, Buick is offering a factory-installed towing package that will allow the Enclave to pull up to 5,000 pounds.

  • Expert Rating: 9.2
  • Consumers Rating: 8
  • MPG 18|26
2017 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2017?
2017 Buick Enclave

For 2017, Buick’s Enclave SUV gets the Sport Touring treatment. Like other Buicks wearing the ST badge, the Enclave version is mechanically identical to other trims, offering only cosmetic upgrades such as Satin Black grille and accents, plus 20-inch chrome wheels.

2016 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2016?
2016 Buick Enclave

For 2016 the Buick Enclave 3-row SUV now includes OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing it to be a hub for wireless devices. Available on the two upper trims is the Enclave Tuscan Edition that includes a bronze-tone grille, bronze accents and 20-inch chrome wheels.

2015 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2015?
2015 Buick Enclave

Among the minimal changes for the 2015 Enclave are a heated steering wheel on upper-level trims, a dark plum interior color option, and new exterior paint colors.

2014 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2014?
2014 Buick Enclave

Changes to the Enclave for 2014 are minor in nature. The camera-based Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure feature, which warns drivers of possible crash threats, is available. New standard features include IntelliLink Color Touch radio (includes SiriusXM), and dual charge-only USB ports at the rear of the center console.

2013 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2013?
2013 Buick Enclave

A 2013 freshening brings the Buick Enclave crossover SUV new front and rear styling, a new instrument panel and interior trim, and an industry-first front-center airbag. Equipment packages are simplified; essentially, the former Convenience option group is now the standard base trim. Accordingly, the starting price increases almost $2000.

2012 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2012?
2012 Buick Enclave

The 2012 Buick Enclave SUV drops the CX and CXL trim designations, leaving a single model with a number of option packages. New standard features include Hill-Hold Assist and an electronic brake override system designed to prevent unintended acceleration.

2011 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2011?
2011 Buick Enclave

Changes for 2011 on the Buick Enclave are limited to new nine-spoke, chrome clad 19-inch wheels on CXL2, and two new paint colors.

2010 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2010?
2010 Buick Enclave

Changes for 2010 are minimal and include the addition of a USB port on premium audio systems, available 20-inch chrome wheels and an enhanced version of OnStar.

2009 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2009?
2009 Buick Enclave

The Enclave receives a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine with output now rated at 288 horsepower. Heated and cooled front seats become a stand-alone option, while Bluetooth is made standard on all trims.

2008 Buick Enclave
What's new for 2008?
2008 Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave shares its basic structure with its siblings the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, but is aimed at the more demanding luxury buyer. Buick hopes the Enclave can succeed in the luxury SUV segment where its previous entries have had only marginal success.

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Consumer Reviews

Amazing redesign

By on Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,100

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We had a 2015 Enclave and absolutely loved it. The quiet ride and comfort was great. The technology was lacking but we had the AWD for safety with driving in bad weather. Gas mileage for 3 years averaged 19MPG. Now we upgraded to the 2018 Premium and wow, what an upgrade. The ride is smoother and quieter which we didnt think was possible. More 1st row space, comfy seats, great technology package, push button parking brake, electrical folding 3rd row seats, and the 9-speed transmission really helps the acceleration which was lacking in the 2015. Its an amazing car and you should really test drive it. My wife and I are hooked. The only drawback so far is the 3rd row headrests. The block some sight lines when changing lanes. I just put those down and problem solved."

11 people out of 11 found this review helpful

A Great Leap Upwards!

By on Saturday, November 18, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, quality, features"

Cons: "Complex technology hard for a 20th century guy!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When we saw the original Enclave in 2007 we immediately knew we had outgrown the series of minivans we had owned because we loved the way it looked. We owned a 2008 Enclave, replaced it with a 2012 Enclave and replaced that with our 2018 Buick Avenir Enclave. The Avenir is a great leap upwards in terms of driveability, quality, luxury and, most importantly, safety. The Avenir-specific interior is gorgeous in burgundy/brown and the pepperdust exterior changes color depending on the lighting. It is incredibly quiet; much more than the 2012. The interior seems more spacious and the quality of the materials is higher: in the luxury category, IMHO. We went for the Avenir level since its the only way to get automatic braking. The AWD system is also different at this level. We can switch off the AWD and drive in FWD most of the time which saves (87 octane) gas. Finally, in comparison with other 3-row suvs. Its much less expensive than the Volvo, Audi and BMW yet offers more (complex and) complete technology. (I wont consider a VW...theyre not honest!) Its a beautiful vehicle that makes us smile when we drive it!"

17 people out of 18 found this review helpful

The must awful seats i ever sat in, dont buy this

By on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"nice design but the seats are terrible"

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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