The 2018 Buick Enclave is a seven-seat crossover that's available in four trims and in either front- or all-wheel drive. The 2018 model aims to liven up the Enclave's image, using technology and design to differentiate it from the previous generation.
Buick is hoping to set its SUV apart from the competition by offering more features and capability at a given price point. The base Enclave model will come with smartphone integration and a flexible seating system, thanks to 60/40-split third-row seating and adjustable and foldable second-row captain's chairs. All seating positions are wrapped in cloth to start, and the driver and front seat passenger benefit from power-adjustable and heated seats. All Enclaves have a V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, as well as active noise canceling in the cabin, three-zone automatic climate control and LED exterior lights.
The Essence model adds more safety and luxury appointments. Seating surfaces are now leather, blind-spot monitoring and lane change assist are added to the safety equipment, and air ionization filtration is standard.
Premium models benefit from additional safety and luxury items. Low-speed forward automatic braking and following distance indicator, which shows you how far you are from the car in front, as well as driver-position memory settings are standard. The infotainment system remains the same, but HD radio is added and the standard speakers are swapped out for a Bose 10-speaker system.
Buick's top-trim model, the Avenir, adds wood trim, an 8-inch driver information screen in the dash, 20-inch wheels and navigation. It also swaps out the standard rearview mirror for a camera display system. Optionally, the Avenir Tech package adds stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and a dynamically adjustable suspension for an even smoother ride.
We're very much looking forward to getting into the new 2018 Buick Enclave. It promises more tech and safety features, all wrapped in Buick's stately but conservative styling. Its interior design is clean, and interior space should rank high in the class. No matter which trim level interests you, let Edmunds help you decide the right Buick Enclave for you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.