2018 Buick Enclave SUV

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2018 Buick Enclave SUV Overview

The standard features of the Buick Enclave Base include 3.6L V-6 310hp engine, 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

2018 Buick
Enclave SUV

Starting at: $39,995

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Ground clearance (min) - 196mm (7.7")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/24,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bucket
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 310hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 266 lb.-ft. @ 2,800RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 94.0mm x 85.6mm (3.70" x 3.37")
  • Curb weight - 1,977kg (4,359lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,800kg (6,173lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,189mm (204.3")
  • Exterior body width - 2,002mm (78.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,768mm (69.6")
  • Wheelbase - 3,071mm (120.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,046mm (41.2")
  • Rear legroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • 3rd row legroom - 851mm (33.5")
  • Front headroom - 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Rear headroom - 1,013mm (39.9")
  • 3rd row headroom - 955mm (37.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,501mm (59.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,232mm (48.5")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,585mm (62.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,567mm (61.7")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Passenger volume - 4,361L (154.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 668 L (24 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,764 L (98 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Two-tone paint
  • Engine liters - 3.6
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 310hp @ 6,800RPM
  • Torque - 266 lb.-ft. @ 2,800RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 9 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 21mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 18mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 26mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 255/65SR18.0
  • Rear tires - 255/65SR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Voltmeter
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear - Rear Vision Camera yes


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Base Search New $39,995   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
Essence 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Essence Search New $44,300   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
Essence 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Essence Search New $46,300   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  17 / 25  
Premium 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Premium Search New $48,100   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
Premium 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Premium Search New $50,400   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  17 / 25  
Avenir 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Avenir Search New $53,500   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
Avenir 2018 Buick Enclave SUV Avenir Search New $55,800   310-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  17 / 25  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

With its strong V6, the latest Enclave accelerates quicker and drives better than its predecessor. It even sounds more appealing. Buick estimates 0-60 mph acceleration at 6.4 seconds, with front-wheel drive. Most versions can tow 1500 pounds, 5000 with a towing package.

Shift qualities of the 9-speed automatic, beats some rivals with comparable 9-speed transmissions. Even at low speeds, shifts are never fidgety. Paddle controls are included, along with a semi-manual mode.

Road manners rank as lovely, matched by a well-composed ride. The Enclave suspension yields a suitably taut, firm ride, which never feels jittery. Optional adaptive shock absorbers broaden the range of pavement mastery further yet.

Electric power steering is short on off-center heft, and the sense of on-center accuracy could be better. Regardless, an Enclave steers smartly and predictably. Body lean is well controlled with the standard suspension, helped by firm springs.

Two all-wheel-drive systems are available. Mid-level models get a simple system that uses antilock brakes to control wheelspin. Premium and Avenir AWD twin-clutch systems have a rear differential and can tailor the delivered power.

Fuel economy is significantly improved, yet falls behind some competitors. Front-drive models are EPA-rated at 18/26 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive lowers the estimate to 17/25/20 mpg, well worth it in wintry conditions.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Fetching in silhouette, the reworked Enclave no longer suffers from a bottom-heavy appearance. Inclined LED headlights lead the way, flanking a slatted grille that splits into wide wings. The nose is lower and sleeker than before. A metallic bodyside strip carefully defines the Enclave’s side view, drawing attention to its overall shape.

Avenir editions have a unique mesh grille with chrome wings, said to be inspired by concept models. Six-spoke 20-inch Avenir wheels have a pearl nickel finish.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Elegance continues into the rich yet subtle Enclave cockpit, blending technology with tastefulness. The cabin’s fit and finish excels and offers impressive comfort.

The standard seats are upholstered in cloth but offer masterful elegance. Other Enclaves upgrade to leather. Avenir models apply leather to the dashboard, console, and door panels. Electronic instruments and display touchscreens appear in an expressive sweep across the dashboard, which also contains buttons and traditional switches. Metallic frames on the air vents overlap each front door, helping to keep the cabin cohesive. Buick’s IntelliLink is among the simpler infotainment interfaces.

Adults in the first and second rows not only get plenty of space, they can expect to be coddled. They also get good head clearance and leg space. Power front seats are supportive and comparatively firm. Firm second-row bucket seats slide fore/aft to expand either leg or cargo space. Even with the optional dual-pane sunroof, headroom is sizable.

The second-row’s right-hand passenger seat pivots to ease access to the third row, which provides ample space. Even six-foot adults can fit comfortably, though the seat is somewhat low.

Cargo space excels. Cargo volume behind the third-row seat totals 23.6 cubic feet, growing to 58 cubic feet with that seat folded away. Though it’s not fully flat, the load floor is vast, with cargo capacity reaching 97.6 cubic when second-row seatbacks are down.


New Car Test Drive

Judged on looks alone, the redesigned Enclave stakes a strong claim on the crossover market. A strong engine and satisfying ride enhance its appeal. Even in base trim, the Enclave is equipped well. Plenty of options are available, including modern advanced safety technology, but most are bundled into packages.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Enclave ($39,995) comes standard with front-wheel drive, LED headlights, a power hands-free tailgate, keyless ignition, pushbutton start, heated power front seats, cloth upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, and 18-inch wheels. Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (Prices do not include $975 destination charge.)

Essence ($44,215) adds perforated leather seat upholstery, lane-change alert, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. All-wheel drive ($2,000) is additional.

Premium ($48,015) includes 10-speaker Bose audio, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, front/rear parking sensors, power third-row seats, and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking. Upgraded twin-clutch all-wheel drive ($2,300) is available.

Avenir ($53,415) has distinct styling touches as well as navigation, wireless charging, a wood-accented steering wheel, a dual moonroof, and 20-inch wheels. Upgraded twin-clutch all-wheel drive ($2,300) is an option.

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