Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Buick Enclave

Change Vehicle
Change Vehicle
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The large, three-row Buick Enclave is a quiet, comfortable, and responsive three-row SUV. Power comes from a lively 3.6-liter V6 teamed with a smooth nine-speed automatic. We got 18 mpg overall in our tests. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The roomy cabin is very quiet, and the ride is comfortable, befitting a Buick flagship. The third-row seat is relatively roomy for the class. The infotainment system is easy to use, and connectivity features abound. But the unintuitive gear selector is fussy and a nuisance to use in parking maneuvers. The manual sunshade for the sunroof and two-way-only lumbar adjustment for the seat are out of place, given the Buick's price. City-speed automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning are standard, though only on top versions costing more than $50,000.
All Ratings & Reliability
2018
2018 Redesign Year
Buick Enclave 2018
The large, three-row Buick Enclave crossover is being treated to its first redesign in about a decade. The 2018 model promises improved fuel economy, increased interior space, and a technology smorgasbord. A 3.6-liter V6 teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission sees output increase 14 hp to 302. Combined with a start/stop system, this powertrain should bolster efficiency over the 15 mpg we recorded with the outgoing model. This setup has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Buick says significant attention has been paid to quieting the cabin, and second- and third-row seats fold flat for loading cargo. Advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are available, though not on all of the trim levels. Full-speed AEB is available only on the top-level Avenir.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $27,625 - $39,475 $25,560 - $37,050
2008-2017
2008 Redesign Year
Buick Enclave 2017
The Buick Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with three rows of seats. It shares a platform with the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook. All use GM's contemporary 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that is a bit hesitant to downshift. We found the ride comfortable and quiet, and the powertrain smooth. Handling is secure and pretty agile for such a big vehicle. The third-row seat is roomy enough for adults. Fit and finish are excellent. Fuel economy was slightly worse in the heavier Enclave than in our tested Traverse. A revised version with an improved infotainment system and the industry's first center airbag between the front seats debuted for 2013.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $21,475 - $29,850 $19,465 - $27,580
2016 $19,125 - $26,100 $17,065 - $23,825
2015 $17,400 - $22,775 $14,305 - $20,480
2014 $15,300 - $19,350 $12,160 - $17,035
2013 $12,750 - $17,250 $9,690 - $13,965
2012 $10,775 - $14,325 $7,805 - $11,150
2011 $9,675 - $11,075 $6,745 - $8,070
2010 $8,125 - $10,050 $5,265 - $7,060
2009 $7,150 - $8,900 $4,330 - $5,980
2008 $6,225 - $7,950 $3,480 - $5,080
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Buick Enclave Ratings & Reliability
The large, three-row Buick Enclave is a quiet, comfortable, and responsive three-row SUV. Power comes from a lively 3.6-liter V6 teamed with a smooth nine-speed automatic. We got 18 mpg overall in our tests. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The roomy cabin is very quiet, and the ride is comfortable, befitting a Buick flagship. The third-row seat is relatively roomy for the class. The infotainment system is easy to use, and connectivity features abound. But the unintuitive gear selector is fussy and a nuisance to use in parking maneuvers. The manual sunshade for the sunroof and two-way-only lumbar adjustment for the seat are out of place, given the Buick's price. City-speed automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning are standard, though only on top versions costing more than $50,000.
2018
2018 Redesign Year
Buick Enclave 2018
The large, three-row Buick Enclave crossover is being treated to its first redesign in about a decade. The 2018 model promises improved fuel economy, increased interior space, and a technology smorgasbord. A 3.6-liter V6 teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission sees output increase 14 hp to 302. Combined with a start/stop system, this powertrain should bolster efficiency over the 15 mpg we recorded with the outgoing model. This setup has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Buick says significant attention has been paid to quieting the cabin, and second- and third-row seats fold flat for loading cargo. Advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are available, though not on all of the trim levels. Full-speed AEB is available only on the top-level Avenir.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $27,625 - $39,475 $25,560 - $37,050
2008-2017
2008 Redesign Year
Buick Enclave 2017
The Buick Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with three rows of seats. It shares a platform with the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook. All use GM's contemporary 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that is a bit hesitant to downshift. We found the ride comfortable and quiet, and the powertrain smooth. Handling is secure and pretty agile for such a big vehicle. The third-row seat is roomy enough for adults. Fit and finish are excellent. Fuel economy was slightly worse in the heavier Enclave than in our tested Traverse. A revised version with an improved infotainment system and the industry's first center airbag between the front seats debuted for 2013.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $21,475 - $29,850 $19,465 - $27,580
2016 $19,125 - $26,100 $17,065 - $23,825
2015 $17,400 - $22,775 $14,305 - $20,480
2014 $15,300 - $19,350 $12,160 - $17,035
2013 $12,750 - $17,250 $9,690 - $13,965
2012 $10,775 - $14,325 $7,805 - $11,150
2011 $9,675 - $11,075 $6,745 - $8,070
2010 $8,125 - $10,050 $5,265 - $7,060
2009 $7,150 - $8,900 $4,330 - $5,980
2008 $6,225 - $7,950 $3,480 - $5,080