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Buick Enclave Review

The Buick Enclave is one of the largest mid-size luxury SUVs on the market. It seats seven, has active noise cancellation as a standard feature, and the artistic touches in the design let you know that even the base model is Preferred (its actual name). And while its younger and smaller sibling, the Encore, is Buick’s best-selling vehicle, the Enclave comes in just behind it in second.

2019 Buick Enclave pricing and trims

The Buick Enclave has a manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) of $41,195 for the base model. Each trim adds to the features of the model below it: for example, with the Essence trim, you get the Preferred trim with some additional features, though if you opt for the Premium trim, you have all the features from the Preferred and Essence trims, plus new ones. The most expensive base Buick Enclave is the Avenir with all-wheel drive (AWD) at $56,995, though that price could rise by adding options like the technology package, at nearly $2,100.

Trim Preferred Essence Premium Avenir
FWD Base MSRP $41,195 $43,195 $49,295 $54,695
AWD Base MSRP $45,195 $51,595 $56,995
Standard Technology Remote Start, Heated Front Seats, Active Noise Cancellation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Leather Seats, In-Vehicle Air Ionizer, Driver Confidence Package I Premium Audio, Ventilated Seats, Driver Confidence Package II Power Moonroof, Rear Skylight, Navigation, Surround Vision, 20″ Aluminum Wheels with premium Pearl Nickel finish

*All MSRPs are the lowest base price for each trim. Feature list is not exhaustive.

All-wheel drive. Starting on the Essence trim, buyers have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), but it tacks $2,000 onto the price; it also adds traction and power but takes a toll on gas mileage.

Standard features. There are several niceties that come with a luxury brand like Buick including standard: power liftgate, WiFi hotspot and eight-inch infotainment screen.

Driver Confidence Packages. See the safety section below for more information.

Of course, you don’t have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. You may be able to find a lower price depending on when and where you shop for your vehicle. And if you are shopping for a vehicle, remember to shop for a vehicle loan, too. Potential lenders include GM financing — General Motors is the parent company of Buick — or your bank, credit union or online lender.

You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree and get up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness. It does not hurt your credit to apply to several lenders any more than it does to apply to one, as long as you do the applications within a window of 14 days.

2019 Buick Enclave safety

In crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the 2019 Buick Enclave earned a five star overall score. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t crash tested the Enclave since its 2017 model year; the vehicle was remodeled in 2018.

Here are the notable safety features offered in each trim. Every trim includes the safety features from the one(s) before it and adds to them.

Preferred

The Preferred trim of the Buick Enclave has a seven airbag system, LED headlights and daytime running lights, rear vision camera, rear Park Assist and an inside auto dimming rearview mirror.

Essence

The Driver Confidence Package I on the Essence trim and above includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Premium

The Driver Confidence Package II on the Premium trim and above has IntelliBeam (automatic high beams), Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Front Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking and Following Distance Indicator.

Avenir

The Avenir trim has Surround Vision standard and Forward Automatic Braking as an available feature.

This is not an exhaustive list of safety features on the Buick Enclave — and, of course, none of them replace safe driving habits.

2019 Buick Enclave competitor comparison

The Buick Enclave’s weak point is that buyers have to shell out an additional $8,100 in order to take advantage of most of its safety features. Want all available safety features? That means close to an extra $15,600. However, both luxury and non-luxury competitors have many of the same safety features included in lower trim levels. Plus, one of its strongest points is that it offers more interior room than almost any competitor.

All of these competitor models can seat seven.

Buick Enclave Acura MDX Infiniti QX60 Volvo XC90 Volkswagen Atlas Honda Pilot
Base MSRP $41,195 $44,400 $44,000 $46,200 $30,895 $31,450
Expert Scores 4.5 4.3 3.8 4.1 4.2 4.4
Standard Technology LED Headlights, V6 Engine, Remote Start, Heated Front Seats, Active Noise Cancellation Collision and Road Departure Mitigation Systems, Power Moonroof, Active Sound Control Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, V6 Engine, HD Radio Pilot Assist System, Panoramic Moonroof, Navigation Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind-Spot Monitoring, LED Automatic Headlights Honda Sensing Safety and Driver Assist Suite, Push-Button Start
Fuel Economy city/hwy/combined 18/26/21 MPG 20/27/23 MPG 20/27/22 MPG 21/29/24 MPG 17/24/19 MPG 20/27/23 MPG

*All models are 2019. All MSRPs are the lowest base price for each model. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings when available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined/city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

If you’d like to do further research, you could check out our round-ups of the best three-row SUVs or the best family cars of 2019.

The bottom line on the 2019 Buick Enclave

As the lowest-priced, mid-size luxury SUV we’ve looked at, the Buick Enclave provides luxury space at a value. However, it could do better by including more active safety features in the lower trims. If you’re looking for an even bigger vehicle, you could read about the best full-size SUVs, but going up a size also means going up in price. If you can work with something smaller, you could check out the best compact SUVs.

 

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