2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave
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2018 Buick Enclave
Save up to $8,789

What’s new

  • The Enclave is fully redesigned this year
  • Part of the second Enclave generation introduced for 2018

Pros

  • Generous room for passengers in all three rows
  • Quiet and smooth ride quality
  • Plenty of standard features

Cons

  • Some advanced safety features only available on the top trim level


Which Enclave does Edmunds recommend?

To take advantage of the luxury positioning of this new Enclave, we recommend the Enclave Premium . It includes low-speed forward collision mitigation, driver seat and mirror position memory, and an upgraded Bose audio system. Front-wheel drive is standard, but get the optional all-wheel drive if you live in snow country.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Originally debuting for the 2008 model year, the first-generation Buick Enclave stood out in the three-row crossover SUV segment for its roomy interior and smooth and quiet ride. The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave aims to continue in that tradition while raising the bar in the style and technology departments.

Equipped with a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine this year (302 horsepower and 260 pound-feet), the Enclave should be notably quicker, especially since this year's model weighs hundreds of pounds less. The 2018 Enclave is slightly longer than last year and offers additional legroom for the second-row and third-row passengers. Maximum cargo space is less than before, but there's still a generous 97.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.

We expect the 2018 Enclave will be an appealing choice for a premium three-row crossover SUV, but we won't know for sure until we get a chance to test one ourselves.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Buick Enclave is available in four trims. They all use the same 3.6-liter V6 engine (302 hp, 260 lb-ft) and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The standard Enclave is available only in front-wheel drive; the remaining trims are available in front- or all-wheel drive. The Essence features additional safety and comfort tech, while the Premium trim adds more luxury and safety amenities. At the top, the Avenir promises tech, safety and comfort features on par with what's offered in the best luxury crossovers. All Enclaves have seating for seven.

Even in base form, the Enclave comes with features that make it competitive in the three-row SUV segment. It comes standard with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, remote engine start, three-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with heating, adjustable second-row captain's chairs and 60/40-split folding third-row seats. Standard in-car technology includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, OnStar communications (with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot), USB ports (two in front and four for rear passengers), and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The Essence includes a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, a cabin air ionization system and leather seating surfaces. Optionally, you can add all-wheel drive, a heavy-duty tow package that allows you to pull up to 5,000 pounds, a top-down parking camera system and a sunroof.

Premium models add low-speed forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, front parking sensors, driver-seat memory settings, a Bose 10-speaker premium speaker system, lane departure warning and intervention, a heated steering wheel, heated seats for outboard second-row passengers, ventilated seats for the front row, and power-folding third-row seats.

Top-trim Avenir models roll on 20-inch wheels and receive a navigation system (optional on the Essence and Premium), a larger driver information display, a rearview mirror with integrated camera display, the sunroof and top-down parking camera system, premium leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, and a wireless device charging pad. Optionally, you can spec your Avenir with an adaptive suspension and an Avenir Technology package that allows for stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, grille shutters to increase aerodynamic efficiency, and the aforementioned adaptive suspension package.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

The extra horsepower and reduced weight, along with new transmission, should improve upon the previous generation's somewhat ponderous performance.

Comfort

Active noise canceling reduces extraneous wind, road and powertrain noise. Automatic three-zone climate control is standard, and all trims, aside from the base, benefit from an air ionizer. The available adaptive suspension should further help smooth out the ride.

Interior

Buick's seven-seat configuration should provide ample room for second-row and third-row passengers. Getting in and out is further helped this year by a tilt-up second-row seat that can provide quick access to the third row, even with a child safety seat installed.

Utility

With all rear seats folded down, you have a very large load floor. Standard roof rails can handle optional crossbars to load bulky and large items on the roof. Maximum cargo space is less than last year, but it's still healthy at 97.6 cubic feet.

Technology

Smartphone integration is standard, and advanced driver assist functions are only available in higher trim vehicles. The Essence and Premium can be optioned with a Bose speaker system, and the Avenir can be equipped with stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Buick Enclave.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Buick Enclave Avenir beats the imports
Kevin,11/04/2017
The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir just arrived in AZ the last week of October. I had been looking for a car for a year to replace my 2012 Lexus RX 350. I was about ready to give up on finding a car with a good ride, that is quiet, has room for adults on long drives, and is still able to fit in a parking space. Oh yeah, and it had to have a decent engine. These are the attributes of the Lexus brand, but I find the new Lexus just mean-looking. I test drove all SUVs: Honda, Toyota, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q5 Q7 SQ5, Chevy Traverse, Jaguar, Acura, GMC. I like to think I pretty much covered the universe and I liked the Buick best. It is extremely quiet and yet has the guts to handle a high speed pass 70 to 90 smoothly. The long wheel base and great suspension give it a very smooth ride. This was not the most fun car I drove, but it was the most practical. We don't need the 3rd row often, but I like the immense storage with easy parking. BTW, the most fun car was not the Porsche, but the Audi SQ5. I would highly recommend it for a sporty 2 row. Buick has upped its game and matched the prestige badges with a 4 year, 50,000 mile warranty. The Avenir trim is worth the money over the premium. Looks better and seems quieter. If any of my checklist matches yours, go drive the Buick.
The Best One Yet!
Jay,12/04/2017
We've owned 2008 and 2012 Enclaves so we are familiar with the car. Coming from a series of minivans we loved the look of the 2008 Enclave, and the 2018 is a great improvement on the original. The Avenir is quieter, more luxurious, thriftier and more comfortable than the earlier versions. I particularly like the switchable AWD which lets us run in FWD most of the time. The technology is amazing: we especially like the 'birds-eye-view' and the camera rear view mirror, though both took a bit of getting used to 'em. A feature not available on any non-GM suv is the OnStar app which lets us remotely start the engine. Arriving at the airport and being able to warm the car while waiting for our luggage is a real plus. We looked at most of the 3-row suv's available and, for price, features, cosmetics, and overall quality, nothing bests the Avenir, IMHO!
Buick has raised the bar
H Williams,11/29/2017
Purchased the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir FWD after test driving the BMW X5 and Audi A7. Both the BMW and Audi are excellent vehicles but do not match the smooth quiet ride of the Avenir trim level of the Enclave. The interior gives the passengers an exceedingly quiet ride while moving effortlessly down the road. The sound system is just outstanding and the technology control panel is easy to learn and use. Passenger safety is enhanced with features that keep you at a safe distance from vehicles in front and blind spot awareness. Have not found a better value in this price range.
AC issue
toyota420yrs,08/01/2018
This review would have been perfect except for a recent problem with my 8 month old (2018) Enclave Avenir with just over 8100 miles. The problem is the rear evaporator developed a leak leaving me with no AC for a weekend and 3 days to find and fix the problem with the dealer only supplying a loaner for the last day. The good thing is its still under warranty and not costing me anything except time and aggravation (and Uber to get home from the dealer since they didn't have a loaner for me). This is my 1st American car in over 20 yrs and I bought it due to the increasing reputation of American made cars and Buick in particular. I am beginning to think I made a mistake since my car is only 8 months old and I am already having a problem. I am still optimistic and hopeful that this is not the norm and it will be my last problem for a while. Otherwise, I have to admit, I love the car and hope this repair issue is only a fluke and not what I should be expecting in the future.
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2018 Buick Enclave video

This is the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir now there two things you want to know about this one it's a completely redesigned version of the Buick Enclave which is a big deal because it's been on the road since 2007 without a major redesign so this is a big deal for the brand and the model itself has a lot more competition now it's a little bit bigger inside has a lot more technology so this should help it out when it's competing against the Honda Pilot Toyota Highlanders of the segment the avenir brand is also new and this is basically a higher trim level so you get different wheels of different grilles some things on the outside but most noticeable are the materials and colors you can get on the inside which I think give it a much richer look and feel and in this segment that's something that differentiates it from some of its competitors look for this to go on sale in the fall of 2017 the 2018 buick enclave does a great job of actually looking small on the outside while offering more interior space along with new technology to see all our latest videos subscribe

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir First Look Review

The newly redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave offers more space inside with better fuel efficiency and new technology. Avenir, a new sub-brand, adds an extra layer of luxury onto the standard model. Edmunds senior editor Ed Hellwig gives the details about this roomy midsize crossover.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$44,215
MPG
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
302 hp @ 6800 rpm
MSRP
$50,315
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
302 hp @ 6800 rpm
MSRP
$46,215
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
302 hp @ 6800 rpm
MSRP
$48,015
MPG
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
9-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
302 hp @ 6800 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Enclave safety features:

Following Distance Indicator
Uses the radar cruise control system to let the driver know if the Enclave is following the car ahead too closely.
Lane Change and Blind Zone Alert
Alerts drivers of fast-approaching cars in adjacent lanes. Also warns drivers if there's a vehicle in blind spot.
Safety Alert Seat
Warns the driver of a lane departure or imminent collision by vibrating the seat in the direction of the threat.

Buick Enclave vs. the competition

2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Acura MDX

2018 Acura MDX

Buick Enclave vs. Acura MDX

Both the Enclave and the MDX come with plenty of features and provide a smooth and comfortable ride, which is expected in this class. The MDX benefits from advanced safety features and driver aids throughout the lineup, whereas only the fanciest Enclave models have comparable offerings. The MDX also scores points with its smarter all-wheel-drive system and powerful V6 engine, although the interior isn't particularly refined for a luxury-brand vehicle.

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Buick Enclave vs. Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti QX60 is high on luxury with its plush ride quality and well-mannered transmission. It's easy to access the third-row seats, but legroom is lacking back there. We also deduct points for Infiniti's package-driven options structure, which may force you to pay for some features you don't want. Then there's the QX60's lack of off-road capabilities and its lazy handling behavior. The Enclave is a better drive.

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Buick Enclave vs. Volkswagen Atlas

The new Volkswagen Atlas provides a ton of space for passengers in all three rows and delivers a comfortable ride along with precise handling. We also like the big VW's strong value proposition and the easy-to-use character of its controls. On the other hand, the Atlas would benefit from more power across the board, whether you're looking at the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine or the optional V6. Fuel economy isn't impressive either.

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2018 Buick Enclave for Sale

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More about the 2018 Buick Enclave

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.

2018 Buick Enclave Overview

The 2018 Buick Enclave is offered in the following submodels: Enclave SUV. Available styles include Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A), Avenir 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A), and 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A).

What do people think of the 2018 Buick Enclave?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Buick Enclave and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Enclave 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Enclave.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Buick Enclave and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Enclave featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Buick Enclave?
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,145. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $4,801 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,801 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$52,344.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is8.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,495. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $6,834 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is12.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,645. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $8,621 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,621 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,024.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is18.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,645. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $8,789 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,789 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,856.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Enclave Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is19.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

The 2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,590. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is trending $8,455 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,455 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$43,135.

The average savings for the 2018 Buick Enclave Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) is16.4% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Buick Enclave?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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