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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is a large vehicle that has plenty of power for passing and merging while still giving great gas mileage. My wife loves the tight turning radius."

Morton L., GA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The acceleration is acceptable but the handling is stable despite being on the softer side."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"This car drives unbelievably smooth! Even though it is an SUV, it rides smoother than most cars I’ve ever owned."

Dan D., MO (2016 Buick Enclave)

"handles well on road or in town"

Ray P., FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Everything about the steering and handling of the Enclave is excellent. The car acceleration is surprisingly strong for such a big vehicle."

Cindy K., AZ (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Acceleration is impressive when merging onto highway almost like a V8. Handling is sound when moving through traffic at highway speed, cornering on 2 lane country roads is very stable and has no obvious sway or drift while keeping speed through turn."

Robert C., CA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The safety features were a prime area of interest since both myself and my wife are moving into our mid-70's. Lane departure, collision warning, etc were very important. It is a very nice heavier than average SUV, which explains its lower MPG. A point that many do not take into account, including CR."

David J., MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Stable ride. Great in wet weather and snow. Once out of 2nd gear awesome acceleration. Sure footed."

Neil W., MD (2016 Buick Enclave)

"At about 7000 miles, something popped in the transmission requiring a wrecker to tow the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer said a clip on one of the shafts had come loose and there was an upgraded clip to replace it. Because of the metal and debris in the transmission, the dealer rebuilt the entire unit. Otherwise the acceleration and handling are very good."

Kenneth L., VA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very nice handling in bad weather conditions--both rain and snow."

Marvin E., IL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Front seat ride is smooth and pleasant but second row buckets are narrow with the seatbelt sticking in ones side. Third row is extremely small and uncomfortable. The ride in second and third row is very bumpy and uncomfortable. Second row does not recline but a tiny bit!"

Anonymous, NM (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The engine power is only fair. It handles extremely well- I have never felt loss of control and we do a lot of winter driving"

Dave H., AB (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Does better on acceleration than I expected. Smooth and powerful enough for my needs."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Plenty of power. Handles like a big-safe car..."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"This is a very large vehicle. The drive experience is pleasant, you get good feedback from the road, good brakes and very good control on curves. Is the perfect highway cruiser. Acceleration is very good for such heavy car."

Antonio M., NC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very easy to drive, comfortable, room for luggage"

Lawrence E., MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"very comfortable to drive and handles well on all kinds of roads"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Acceleration is acceptable and adequate on interstate system on-ramps - i can quickly get to the prevailing speed. From a standing start, I often inadvertently "squeal" the front-wheel drive tires if a get aggressive on the gas-pedal. Handling seems slow and squishy when I need to suddenly turn the steering wheel to avoid something."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Drives very smoothly"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Handling is remarkably good for a large vehicle. Acceleration could be better."

DOUGLAS W., SC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Smooth"

BOB J., FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Acceleration after 2nd gear is awesome. Handles excellently."

NEIL W., MD (2016 Buick Enclave)

"I'm used to a larger horse power that this car has."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Drives and handles like a car most of the time. Surprisingly enjoyable to drive. Wife absolutely loves this SUV (it's hers)."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Seems underpowered at times when accelerating."

TRACY B., IN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Thicker Windows makes driving very quiet"

JOAN R., NV (2016 Buick Enclave)

"It is a fairly heavy vehicle and really needs more power, it does handle very well- I've never been uncomfortable even in very icy od blizzard conditions"

DAVE H., AB (2016 Buick Enclave)

"excellent overall"

DAVID W., OH (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very good but not as peppy as the Envision."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Accelerates well and handles like a car. I didn't want an suv that drives like a truck."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are supportive, car has low noise level and ride is impressive comfortable for an SUV"

Antonio M., NC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very comfortable. Rides very well on trips and is a great over the road car. All wheel drive system makes ia goo handler in bad weather."

Thomas N., NC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Car emits sound at a frequency that irritates my ears, almost making my dizzy. Trying to drown out sound makes it worse."

Dennis N., AZ (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The cooling seats are very nice, however after they have been on for awhile they don't seem to work as well."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Buick Enclave)

"extremely comfortable ride"

Ray P., FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"very quiet smooth ride"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Seats are adjustable to fit my wife and myself, very different and remembers those settings for both. The ride is comfortable and the cabin is quiet making it a pleasure for road trips."

Kenneth L., VA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"On the highway the ride is very quiet and smooth"

James H., KS (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very comfortable ride and seating"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Able to adjust the seats in many different ways"

Anonymous, IA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Great feeling and supports my back very well!"

Georgia H., IL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"the seats are so comfortable especially the lumbar"

Rodney B., NC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Most comfortable seats ever owned in a car."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Seats are a little uncomfortable on longer trips"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Driver seat is OK but a bar or support that crosses from right to left puts pressure on my right hip and buttock. MORE of an issue for me than others due to my size @ 6'-4" and 200lbs. Noise @ Highway speed is almost non existent and it handles quite well. Ride is very good, much better expected."

Robert C., CA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"This car is excellent to drive, The seats are as comfortable as you can get and the noise level is minimum."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The seats are heated and air cooled, the lumbar support is excellent. The SUV rides and handles like a car. There is no real outside noise when driving this vehicle."

Cindy K., AZ (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Love it. Bought it primarily so my wife would be comfortable toting grand kids and it's worked out great. The kids love the sun roof."

Paul P., AZ (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The Enclave is very quiet, but I wish it was not as long."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Probably the smoothest, most comfortable ride I've had."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Seats cause wife discomfort on 2500 mile trip this month. She has disability so seat plus cushions must be very soft for her. Our 2006 Avalon is more comfortable for her."

Paul P., AR (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Comfortable, big-car ride, quiet, traded an Equinox for it."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Don’t like 2nd row captain seats. Vs. bench seat"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

"We haven't had this long, but we like the heated and cooled seats. Very comfortable and quiet. It has a nice ride. The handling leaves a bit to be desired, but it's not built to be a racecar."

Jo G., IN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Comfort of the seats is out standing. Ride & noise is equally as out standing."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"When it is warmer outside (50 degrees or above) and when driving about 70 mph or faster, there is a rattle in the door/window on the driver side."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Comfort and lack of noise"

Dennis C., NY (2016 Buick Enclave)

"very comfortable seats; very good highway vehicle; low noise"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The Buick Enclave is amazingly quiet for a large SUV."

Dan D., MO (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very comfortable (driving and riding). And, I'm a big guy at 6' 2" and 260 pounds. Easy to sleep in passenger side (when I can convince wife or sons to do the driving.)"

Marvin E., IL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"My distance driving is limited by what my butt can stand. Have added a gel cushion for all long trips."

John D., FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The rude is very great especially on long trips"

Richard P., MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very quiet ride; seats and seat control very good"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"I had migraines and the doctor recommended I get a big car as my migraines were caused by vibrations!"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"very comfortable to drive. Just took on first long trip and was far more comfortable than previous Ford Explorer I had. Also very quiet. Helps to make you less tired when on a long trip."

DOUGLAS W., SC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"complicated controls to use while driving."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"ride and handling out standing"

DON P., NY (2016 Buick Enclave)

"It's a Buick! Super ride, very quiet, and handles like a dream. All the things associated with a Buick product. And what a beautiful automobile."

GLYNN M., LA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"STYLE,inside and out, comfort, the safety feeling it gives me"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Drivers arm rest, seating and steering wheel position are difficult to get in comfortable spot."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"works great"

JOHN E., ID (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The head rests of the front seats hit tall people right in the back, even after they are pushed back. very uncomfortable."

ROBERT E., WY (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The driver's seat headrest often moves forward when the car is in motion and digs into the driver's neck. You have to stop the car and get out to reset it, unless you take both hands off the steering wheel while the car is in motion (not safe). The dealer has no solution. They have reported the problem to Buick but they do not know if or when they will hear back from them. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE that Buick needs to resolve quickly. But will they ?????"

JANET P., IL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Seats are built for soccer moms... If you are over 6 feet don't bother to purchase this vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very quiet car on the road. Outstanding sound system, too."

WILSON L., MD (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very comfortable ride. No wind noise. Excellent climate control."

NEIL W., MD (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very comfortable and quiet...primary reasons I bought the car"

JAMES H., IL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Very quiet, comfortable and good climate control."

PAUL H., AR (2016 Buick Enclave)

"seats, especially passenger, controls & position & cooling are great........steering wheel is too thin... heated steering wheel is limited to bottom 2/3 of wheel.......controls & information should be on steering wheel.....have to press continually on center dash for information....not sensitive enough to just on push. bose sound system is great"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"good looking and excellent ride"

DAVID W., OH (2016 Buick Enclave)

"It is smooth, quiet, and provides excellent comfort and room for grandchildren and needed items for a trip."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

"More road noise than previous Enclave."

Ned P., TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

"My wife's favorite vehicle of all time. This is our second one. The comfort and lack of road noise brought us back for another. Also no quality issues."

Gerald E., MN (2016 Buick Enclave)

"It rides so comfortably! It has that Buick ride. You arrive at your destination rested. Very quiet interior."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Buick Enclave)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Nothing has the room this car has in a SUV, even in larger vehicle, and it does not take up whole garage!"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"This is the second Enclave I have owned and really like the comfort and driving experience."

Rodney B., NC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Dealer discount and manufacturer's bonus offered good value."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Purchased the Enclave when GM was having 20% off during the model year end in 2016. Had looked at other SUVs and drove some. The Buick had the best ride and looks. Seating 7 was a requirement."

David J., MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"With the March Madness I got a great deal.along with very good financing."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Buick Enclave)

"can't use navigation without turning on radio"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Traded in a 2009 Buick Enclave for a 2016 Buick Enclave and the quality of the 2016 Buick Enclave is far below the quality that I had in the 2009 Enclave. The changes on the interior in the 2016 are not very impressive, cheaped out compared to the 2009 Enclave interior and exterior."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Best driving car that I ever had"

JULES H., MB (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The lease on this car versus the $52,000. Selling price is outstanding. The dealer covers all cost of maintenance for the lease term which means insurance, gas and lease payment are my basic out of pocket cost."

DOUG H., FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"We were subjected to very high pressure sales tactics at the dealership. It was not a pleasant experience and I feel I paid too much for the lease."

TOM W., FL (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Final price was 23% off of MLP."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Buick Enclave)

"I arrived at a sale price with the salesman then the financial guy did a bait and switch. I was not given the agreed upon sales price. In the rush to complete I let a lot of things go by me. In retrospect I was taken. On the next question, based on my talk with the dealer you may or may nio use my name"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Buick Enclave)

"We like the three row seating so family can all ride in one car."

Mary H., TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Interior blind spots are a problem in this car. The back up camera is helpful but I don't feel totally comfortable ."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Enclave)

"Classic."

JULES H., MB (2016 Buick Enclave)

"I was disappointed in the color, ( we ordered the vehicle). The only red for the enclave was more if a burbundy than a cherry red (the Encore cones in this color) that I really wanted"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Enclave)

"outside, and inside"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The head rests, the storage compartments, no rear console, the way the doors close, the ride is not as quiet as the 2009. The big thing the manufacture thinks about in this vehicle is added electronics eg. wifi etc."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Buick Enclave)

"I love the analog clock in the dash design. Really sets it apart AND useful."

PERRY B., MA (2016 Buick Enclave)

"The 2016 Buick Enclave is very spacious. I love the soft leather seats, and feature rich interior. The in-dash navigation is very easy to use connecting to my iPhone."

TYRA J., TX (2016 Buick Enclave)
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