Buick's Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with a spacious third-row seat and sound ride and handling. Nicer interior finish, a quieter interior, and a softer ride set it apart from its siblings, the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse. Rear visibility, awkward placement of some controls, and unimpressive fuel economy are its weaknesses.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

Buick's Enclave is a large, car-based SUV with a spacious third-row seat and sound ride and handling. Nicer interior finish, a quieter interior, and a softer ride set it apart from its siblings, the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse. Rear visibility, awkward placement of some controls, and unimpressive fuel economy are its weaknesses.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (288 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Buick Enclave owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"would intermittently stop working and show message "service backup camera""

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Freezing screen usually requires the vehicle to be stopped, turned off and restarted. This problem is similar to a desktop computer screen that freezes and has to be restarted to resolve whatever programming problem that has occurred."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"at times"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system also freezes up requiring the vehicle to be stopped, turned off and restarted to resolve. Dealership blames the problem on the Buick/GM computer programmers who have not resolved as of yet. In other words like the government passes you on to the next government agency who also cannot assist you until you give up asking why and live with the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Very difficult to operate, had Lexus system prior, no comparison. Hard to set and read-don’t even use it, use my phone instead. Display is confusing also, poor design all around. Would look for another vehicle because of this, this is our travel car and navigation is a must. Big fat F on system."

Robin J., NC (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The phone voice recognition is sub par. I find my self relying on my Samsung instead of the car voice."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"After initial problem was identified the dealership installed a new radio, but the Bluetooth recognition issue persists. I have to repeatedly manually disconnect then reconnect my bluetooth phone"

Chuck D., IL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Does not y"

Anonymous, MB (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"XM radio does not work and the dealer cannot fix it! There is a GM bulletin that addresses this issue and there is no fix. GM says it is due to cell phone towers, but my other four XM vehicles rarely have signal problems in this city or on a road trip whereas the Buick Enclave signal cuts out an average of 5 times per short city trip. Notified XM & FCC and they say this is not a radio or signal interference problem. I showed the dealer how it cuts out 11 times in 2 miles! Dealer said it w"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Voice control difficult to access. Does not work easily. Takes3 or 4 times. Have to use cell phone"

Anonymous, NB (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"nav. system ,can not locate address. and at times does not understand voice commands and comes back with with its own like it has a mind of its own"

Karen K., NY (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Cool air on AC quick working. Replacement part was installed over right rear wheel hub in the interior of the car. Pulled top cover and replaced. Total 40 minutes and was done!"

Anonymous, (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When the A/C is turned on the center console for the rear A/C causes the whole system to be 'HOT' and you cannot touch it."

Anonymous, (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The problem caused the air conditioner to not cool the car. It took the dealer about 3 days to fix."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"it quit working. was replaced at no cost under wannarnty"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"With the A/C turned on, the passenger side air vents only provided warm air, while the driver side provided the requested cold air. The repair was covered under warranty but took several hours."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When the air conditioner was running and turned to the lowest temperature possible, the air coming out of the vents was not cold enough"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Condenser

"A/C stopped blowing cold air"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"Had to replace rear evaporator"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"When the evaporator went the refrigerant leaked out. HOT HOT"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"My car just quit with no warning. The transmission and power steering pump were both replaced."

Anonymous, (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Great car, I love everything about it except the constant mechanical issues. If the reliability was better I'd buy another one."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission failed under warranty"

Philip M., FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The transmission failed completely leaving us on the side of the road with no way home. The replacement took several weeks. We never expected a new car to fail without warning."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"Tire and wind noise"

Anonymous, AL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"cabin noise is loud"

Philip M., FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When driving and using bluetooth the phone the person on the other end of the line experiences very loud wind / road noise such that I remove it from the bluetooth and use the phone speaker and the person can then hear me fine."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"For a new expensive SUV there is too much wind noise. I contacted GMC headquarters and problem was never fixed"

David C., LA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"when it rains, the system becomes inoperative. Always works when I take it to the dealer."

Carl B., DE (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"All are tied together. The warning becomes inoperative in heavy rains"

Carl B., DE (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The camera was malfunctioning and the dealership replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Backup lights are absolutely awful. Dealership said they were functioning as designed. They need to be brighter. At night if it is raining and rain drops are on the camera, there is a REAL safety issue"

Anonymous, MS (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Both turn signal burned out within the first 3 months...no problem since"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light came on. Was out of warranty by 1000 miles but had Carmax extended warranty. Was told they were backed up but could use Meineke.Had to replace 3 components. Cost $1,39.23, I paid $150.00. Got vehicle next day."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Included above."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Squeaking

"This is the second Buick Enclave and they both have done the following : brakes squeak when pushing down in normal braking after 15k. Both have had problems with hatch open and close Both have a blind spot while driving"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint chipping on front end, evidently from highway travel. Dealer said that wasn't a common problem. I've not had this problem with previously owned cars by Honda and Toyota"

Jim H., IL (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"Routine service- found by dealership that boot had hole in it"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Noticed drip on garage floor. Service employee told me they have a problem with this and was surprised it was not covered as a recall. Over $400 dollars to repair."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"When the battery failed without warning, all the systems of the car failed. Nothing worked. This is the second battery in a year."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

"From purchase noticed whine when turning sharper corners. Was worsening so requested attention. discovered leak in power steering inlet pipe. Removed and replaced leaking power steering inlet pipe. Mechanic noted was likely pinched or severed during manufacture."

Anonymous, (2016 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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