2019 Buick Enclave Review
Pros & Cons
- Generous room for passengers in all three rows
- Quiet and smooth ride quality
- Plenty of standard features
- Some advanced safety features only available on the top trim level
List Price Range
$27,469 - $46,405
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Which Enclave does Edmunds recommend?
The Enclave with the most bang-for-your-buck is the midgrade Essence. This trim benefits from the Enclave's already excellent standard technology features and adds leather seating surfaces and driver assist functions to make both highway and city driving safer.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The V6 provides a nice bit of thrust off the line when you put your foot down, but it tapers off at higher rpm. Expect a 0-60 mph sprint of about 7 seconds, which would be an average time for a three-row SUV. Handling capability should be similarly class-average.
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.
Buick's seven-seat configuration should provide ample room for second-row and third-row passengers. Getting in and out is facilitated by a tilt-up second-row seat that can provide quick access to the third row, even with a child safety seat installed.
With all rear seats folded down, you have a huge load floor. Standard roof rails can handle optional crossbars to load bulky and large items on the roof. Maximum cargo space is a healthy 97.6 cubic feet.
Smartphone integration is standard, but advanced driver assist functions are only available in higher trim vehicles. The Essence and the Premium can be optioned with a Bose speaker system, and the Avenir can be equipped with adaptive cruise control.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
I too have a 2019 Buick Enclave with transmission problems. Took it into the dealer after 2000 miles after it started shaking when accelerating. The dealership said it needed a new torque converter and we could drive it until the part was available. This was around New Years, we went back to get the Enclave and the dealer said they were later told by GM just to flush the transmission as it had too much lubricant from assembly. We took it home and it still shuddered, called the dealer and GM said to flush it again. This time when we picked it up it was worse than when it started. So now GM told the dealership to replace the torque converter however they cannot locate one. So now 6 weeks after this started we are still waiting for a torque converter that may or may not fix this.
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
A new transmission was installed by the dealer (Banks Chevrolet-Concord, NH) who provided outstanding service with our lemon. The original transmission failed and was replaced with a new transmission. Approximately 1 month later the second transmission developed a chuggling noise and is clunky and does not shift smoothly on hills going both up and down. I strongly recommend avoiding Buick's with this transmission! I bought a 2019 Enclave in October 2019. Immediately experienced transmission surging while driving down my moderately sloping driveway. Then on Dec 20,2018 I could not go over 27 mph nor shift gears. Towed by dealer to their shop and told they had to order a new transmission from N. Dakota if available. Which leads me to suspect that new transmissions must be in demand due to being a chronic problem. Web searching indicates 2018's had same problem and the 2019's have the same model number transmission as the 2018's. Hope to not have to go the Lemon Law route. Dealer has been very good. GMC, I am not so sure! You would think they would have corrected the transmission problems for the 2019 models, unless they had use up their transmission inventory.
Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
Accelerating 17-20 mph the transmission shudders again at 27-30. The first vehicle had so many repair attempts that it had been repurchased by GM. I now have a 2019, Enclave Avenir which is demonstrating the same issues. This is of major concern, especially now reading the reviews of the same concerns. The service technicians have been wonderful, and we really want to like the vehicle, but this is just ridiculous!
Avenir 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
We are at 21 months and about 20k miles. Still very happy with the car. No issues. Receive complements on it regularly, too. Highly recommend this car. Well, it’s been 15 months now. Once I was able to defeat the auto stop, we love the car! Only one minor warranty item in this time (a plastic latch on the moon roof slider broke), everything else has been perfect. Very happy with our ride. Purchased 2019 Avenir end of January. Had it about 10 weeks now. Very pleased with most everything. Absolutely HATE the Auto Stop! Especially because you cannot disable it, either temporally, or permanently. Smooth ride & shifts, quiet, spacious, pleasant leather and soft surfaces. Last SUV was M-B GLE 350. For the most part, wife & I (surprisingly) like this better. Finish (interior & exterior) quite good. Guests complement it, too.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Enclave models:
- 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 a 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.