Based on the Leather Group Auto FWD 7-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
Power Driver Seat
Rear Bench Seats
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Aux Audio Inputs
Fold Flat Rear Seats
2nd Row Bucket Seats
Auto Climate Control
Buick Enclave 2017
2017 Buick Enclave Expert Rundown
Do you need a big three-row crossover SUV that can shuttle lots of people and cargo? The 2017 Buick Enclave could be for you. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon from Edmunds, and this is an Edmunds expert rundown of the 2017 Buick Enclave. The first thing to know about the 2017 Enclave is that it's not an all new vehicle, unlike its corporate cousin the 2017 GMC Acadia. Instead, the Enclave soldiers on as essentially the same vehicle we had in for a long-term test way back in 2009. On the bright side, that means it's still a remarkably spacious crossover with much more cargo room than the new Acadia. If you want more space, a minivan is just about your only option. The Enclave also offers a smooth ride and seating for up to eight, although we're less impressed by the V6 powertrain's fuel economy and performance. Pop inside the Enclave, and you'll see there's ample passenger space in the second row. You'll also find a roomier third row than what the new Acadia gives you. This isn't the SUV for you if you're looking for the latest features and technology. Upfront, Buick's tried to keep this thing up to date, but there's just no hiding its age from the uninspired dashboard design to the outdated infotainment interface. The bottom line is that the 2017 Enclave's on its last legs. So we'd be remiss not to recommend its newer and more competitive rivals, including the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9, as well as that Acadia we keep mentioning. But the Enclave does have the distinction of being a very roomy crossover. So it has a lot of utility if that's what your family needs. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
If you're looking for an eight-seat family vehicle, your choices are limited — and if you want one with a posh interior, the list of eligible vehicles gets even shorter. However, one you'll want to consider is the 2017 Buick Enclave. Not only is it a crossover with an upscale and practical interior, but it costs less than its luxury-branded competitors.
The Enclave is closely related to the Chevrolet Traverse (but no longer to the GMC Acadia, which was redesigned for 2017 as a smaller vehicle). To see the differences, take a ride: The Enclave drives like a Buick should, smoothing out rough pavement and banishing wind and road noise. It's at its best on the open road, but you'll feel the Buick's size and heft on the curvy stretches, and maneuvering in tight spaces can be a challenge. The Enclave is powered by a 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 paired with either front- or all-wheel drive; the former EPA-rated at 18 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) and the latter at 17 mpg combined. Those numbers are lower than we expect from a V6-powered crossover, and full-throttle acceleration isn't as strong as we'd like.
The interior is attractively designed, with nice touches like padded-vinyl trim on the dashboard. The Intellilink infotainment system is fairly intuitive and easy to use, though the screen is mounted lower than we'd like. The subscription-based 4G LTE service (which turns the Enclave into a mobile hotspot) is handy. From a practical standpoint, the Enclave can be configured as an eight-seater with a second-row bench; individual captain's chairs in the second row reduce seating capacity to seven.The second row offers plenty of space, though the seat-bottom cushions are set rather low to the floor, and the third-row seat offers enough room for teens and small adults, provided the second-row occupants are willing to scoot their seats forward and give up a little legroom. Unlike many three-row SUVs, the Enclave offers a usable amount of luggage space with all three rows in use, and folding down both rows of backseats turns the Enclave into a moving van.
The Enclave is available in Convenience, Leather and Premium models. The Enclave Convenience is nicely equipped, though it's the only trim level that doesn't offer an eight-seat configuration. You can probably figure out the primary feature of the Leather model, but it adds other luxury nice-to-haves as well. The Premium offers a suite of upgrades and driver aids. Buick also offers two special editions: the Tuscan Edition and Sport Touring Edition, which give the Enclave a distinctive look. Which to pick? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Buick Enclave for you.
Buick has been pushing to reinvigorate its image and product lineup in recent years, and the Enclave played a big part in the transformation. It competes in the highly competitive midsize crossover class and does so with a near luxury experience for a less than luxury price.
The Enclave features an upscale interior, smooth ride, plenty of room for both passengers and cargo, and top safety scores. If you're looking for a new or used large luxury crossover SUV with a number of family-friendly features — such as a roomy cabin with easily accessed and adult-friendly third-row seats — the Enclave is worth checking out.
Current Buick Enclave
The Buick Enclave is a full-size crossover SUV powered by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is optional on higher trim levels.
There are three trim levels for the Enclave: Convenience, Leather and Premium, all with standard seven-passenger seating. An available second-row bench seat increases capacity to eight.
The front-wheel-drive-only Convenience trim comes with 19-inch wheels, a power driver seat, automatic xenon headlights, a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone app integration and OnStar. The Leather trim level adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power passenger seat and driver-seat memory settings, a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert. The Premium trim level features lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems, active headlights, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding side mirrors with heating, ventilated front seats and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. Option highlights include 20-inch wheels, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, towing package and a dual-panel sunroof.
In reviews, we have praised the Enclave for its practicality and upscale feel. High-quality materials are plentiful, especially on higher trims, and the ride quality is excellent. It offers a spacious interior, with third-row seats that offer enough room for larger children and even smaller adults. Access to the third row is excellent, with second-row seats that tilt and slide out of the way, and there's a useful 23 cubic feet of space behind the upright third-row seat. Folding down both rows yields an expansive 115 cubic feet of cargo space.
The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. On the highway, the Enclave is quiet and smooth-riding, though some buyers may find that the optional 20-inch wheels degrade the ride noticeably. But the Buick is feeling its age. The infotainment interface is starting to look dated, and acceleration and fuel economy haven't kept up with competitors. The Buick Enclave's V6 manages the go from zero to 60 mph in a placid 8.2 seconds, and only promises a maximum of 18 mpg (15 city/22 highway). Overall handling is competent and predictable, though the Enclave feels heavier and more ponderous than other similar vehicles.
Used Buick Enclave Models
The Buick Enclave is still in its first generation, which debuted for the 2008 model year. Changes have been minimal, with a handful of minor improvements and tweaks to trim level names and packages. Overall, any used Enclave will be a solid choice for an upscale, family-friendly crossover SUV.
In its first year, the V6 had a lower output of 275 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. The following year welcomed an updated V6 with 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque as well as other upgrades that included Bluetooth connectivity and a traffic feature for the navigation system. Until 2010, there were just two trim levels — the base CX and luxury CXL. Also, for the first two model years, the transmission could be lazy to downshift due to programming biased toward fuel economy. For 2010, the transmission was reprogrammed for quicker response. Additionally, Enclaves from 2008 to '12 have slightly different exterior styling than the current model as well as some lower-quality switchgear.
The Enclave's current, more descriptive trim levels of base, Convenience, Leather and Premium, arrived for 2012. Two years later saw the addition of the lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems. We'd encourage buyers considering a used Buick Enclave to look for 2010 and later models for the extra power, better transmission and upgraded technology.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.