The redesigned Enclave is a strong entry for General Motors in the luxury SUV segment. It has features that shoppers look for in a luxury SUV, but the Enclave is hurt by its low mpg and the added cost to get key advanced safety systems that CR believes should come standard on all vehicles.

This Buick has a hushed cabin with enough room for up to seven passengers to stretch out. It also has a comfortable and relaxing ride, with particularly responsive handling for a large SUV.


The 310-hp V6 engine is smooth and punchy, and it’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that has nearly imperceptible shifts. But even among three-row SUVs, the Buick’s 18 mpg overall fuel economy is unimpressive. The awkward and confusing shifter is a nuisance, particularly when trying to park.

Given its price, the Enclave is a bit of a letdown in the luxury department. There are a couple of ill-fitting trim pieces, and the front seats have only two-way lumbar adjustment. The manually operated sunroof shades snap open in a clunky way, and only the driver’s window has auto-up capability.

We like that the 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system has straightforward logic. But the screen is a tad far away and some buttons are a bit of a reach.

Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available only on top trims. They should be standard, particularly in a vehicle this pricey.

Read the complete Buick Enclave road test.

2018 Buick Enclave side

HIGHS: Ride, quietness, interior room, powertrain, easy-to-use infotainment system
LOWS: Confusing gear selector, fuel economy, clunky manual sunroof shades
POWERTRAIN: 310-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine; 9-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 18 mpg on regular fuel

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the March 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.