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 sibling, the Chevrolet Traverse. Rear visibility, awkward placement of some controls, and unimpressive fuel economy are its weaknesses.
Alerts
There are 2 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 sibling, the 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 2017 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

"Backup camera is so out of focus and contrast is so vague I don't always see people behind me. Picture is like a 1950s TV picture"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Sensors do not work at times when backing up"

Ronnie C., GA (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Terribly difficult house the features. Could not understand the complicated controls. Didn't know the exact mileage for service dates"

John W., MO (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen goes blank randomly and the dealer has not repaired it, because they do not know what to do."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Routine software updates

"Never knew there were software updates available.My dealer nor Buick has ever offered software updates. Might have solved some of my electronic problems"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Software update fixes

"Radio would change stations on it own and some of the safety features would stop working at times"

Ronnie C., GA (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Function of voice command does not work. I can receive calls, but when I say "call Mary3", it rambles off #'s that aren't part of her cell #."

Anonymous, CA (2017 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

Blower (fan) motor

"blower was too slow in delivering heat in winter"

Tom K., MI (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Evaporator

"The Evaporator for the rear AC system had a slow leak. Repaired under warranty."

Donald J., FL (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Quit cooling, had to be replaced."

John P., SC (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear evaporator had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"leak, had it tested and refilled."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"The rear evaporator leaked refrigerant. Still under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 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

"Rear pads needed replacement."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Rotors

"Warped"

Paul B., NH (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"When braking there was noticable shimmying."

Paul F., MI (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Warped"

Anonymous, (2017 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

Gauges

"resetting gas mileage etc."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"Driver side headlight noticeably more dim as compared to the passenger side headlight. Driver side headlight replaced."

Thomas R., CA (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"Came on twice in 4000 mile. the second time the light hasn't came back on. But it is almost out of warranty."

Anonymous, MO (2017 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"A portion (far rear, left side) of the roof chrome rail or trim fell off and was missing. Warranty covered replacement."

Anonymous, MN (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

"Rear Tailgate chrome molding Showed signs of water damage and discoloration ingrained into chromework"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on this vehicle is HORRIBLE !!! There are MANY stone chips in my hood because they don't put enough paint on these vehicles and I know from experience as I have been around body shops my whole life !!!"

Lawrence A., FL (2017 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

"Check Engine light diagnosed. Power steering leak caused oxygen sensor failure and wiring harness contamination. All covered by warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering hose replaced due to leaking. Under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Roof weather stripping, front to back, nearest the roof racks, needed to be re-glued? Unsure actually how they repaired it. Was flapping loudly when speed was over 45mph."

Thomas R., CA (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise on drivers side; Buick dealer unable to confirm"

Anonymous, NC (2017 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

Fuel injection system

"Dash light and very rough ideling as well as stalling"

Anonymous, (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The vehicle would not shift, but was able to go very slowly. Needed complete new transmission."

Anonymous, WI (2017 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

Driveline vibration

"Feel a slight vibration or drag when accelerating"

Myrtis T., FL (2017 Buick Enclave None 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Minor

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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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