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2016 Buick Enclave

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2016 Convenience Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $39,065
2016 Leather Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,660
2016 Leather All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,660
2016 Premium Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,515
2016 Premium All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,515

Overview

The Enclave is exactly the crossover you would expect Buick to build. It's spacious, whisper-quiet, and luxurious to a point. Add to that its high content for the money, and you can see why Enclave sales continue to climb.

What's New for 2016

A built-in WiFi hotspot joins the equipment list.

Buick Enclave

Choosing Your Buick Enclave

The Enclave has always impressed us with its sheer interior volume. Up to eight adults fit comfortably in the upscale cabin, and cargo space tops out at 115 cubic feet, more than any other premium-branded crossover.

As in previous years, the Enclave carries a 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 288 horsepower to the front wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on all but the base model for $2,000 extra. It's worth noting that the Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds, enough for most pleasure crafts and pop-up campers.

The Enclave is available in three trim levels:

Buick Enclave

Convenience

Comes fully equipped with second-row captain's chairs, power front seats, a power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and integrated smartphone apps. Also included in the $39,065 price are 18-inch wheels and xenon headlamps. The Convenience comes with front-wheel drive only.

Buick Enclave

Leather

For $43,600, adds a leather interior with heated front seats and additional passenger adjustments. You also get a power adjustable steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and 19-inch wheels. A second-row bench becomes available at this level for eight-passenger capacity.

Buick Enclave

Premium

Tops off the Enclave with ventilated front seats, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning. The Premium stickers at $47,515.

In addition to all-wheel drive, the Leather and Premium are eligible for options such as a panoramic sunroof, a rear entertainment system, navigation, and an upgraded Bose surround-sound system.

CarsDirect Tip

Although every Enclave is well equipped, buyers tend to shy away from the Convenience model and very few are actually kept in stock. The Leather and Premium offer the appointments and features most folks expect when shopping in this league.

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Expert Review

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Providing luxurious accommodations for up to eight passengers, Buick's midsize SUV offers a comfortable ride for a competitive price.

Pricing and Equipment

All 2016 Buick Enclaves are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The Enclave is available in three levels:

  • The well-equipped Convenience Group is essentially the base model. Pricing starts at $39,065 and includes some nice standard features like 18-inch aluminum wheels, a power liftgate, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, and a rearview camera. Convenience group models are only available with front-wheel drive and seating for seven.
  • Enclave's Leather Group adds the choice of three leather seating and trim options; color scheme names like choccachino, ebony, and light titanium hint at Buick's upscale aspirations. Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels dress up the exterior and the front seats are heated. Blind spot monitors with rear cross traffic alert add safety to the package and optional seating for eight should entice large families. Prices start at $43,450 with front-wheel drive and $45,450 with all-wheel drive.
  • Buick's top-of-the-line Platinum Group dresses up the Enclave with 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, articulating headlights that move with the steering wheel, and heated and cooled seats. A delightful 10-speaker Bose audio system fills the plush cabin with sound while the navigation system makes sure you get there without getting lost. Front-wheel drive models start at $47,305 -- add $2000 for all-wheel-drive.

Performance Pros

The 288-horsepower V6 keeps the Enclave from getting in the way of itself during everyday driving. The number sounds quite impressive and for the most part it is -- but we found that spirited performance is not the primary goal of this SUV, which emphasizes ride comfort, quiet, and luxury over acceleration. In other words, the Enclave performs quite well for a comfy seven- or eight-passenger people mover.

  • Towing, when equipped with Buick's optional trailering package, tops many minivans but is a little shy of some of the Enclave's direct competitors at a maximum of 4,500 pounds.
  • Fuel economy is decent for the sheer utility that the Enclave offers. Front-wheel drive Enclaves earn 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. All-wheel-drive models lose an mpg at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

Performance Cons

  • Driving enthusiasts will find the Enclave a little soft. The Buick behaves quite well, which is great, except when you want your SUV to misbehave in the name of fun.
  • Gas mileage is good when you are hauling around seven or eight passengers, but if you are primarily scooting around town by yourself there are many sport utility vehicles and crossovers that offer excellent cargo space and towing capacity that will also save you money at the pump.

Interior Pros

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  • The Enclave's spacious interior is quiet, warm and inviting. While all Enclave interiors offer three rows of seats, the upscale materials of the Leather and Platinum groups, including the rich leather, warm wood tones and brushed chrome accents, create a truly luxurious interior that rivals more expensive competitors.
  • Cargo space is ample -- the Enclave excels at cross-country family road trips.

Interior Cons

We think many families may consider replacing a minivan with a crossover. This isn't a bad idea -- but keep in mind that the extra space in the low floor behind a minivan's third row is missing in the Enclave.

Most Pleasant Surprise

Buick Enclave

We really like the Enclave's wraparound interior design. There is a line that runs from the driver's door panel through the top of the dash all the way to the passenger's door panel that reveals the thoughtful and balanced nature of Enclave's interior design.

Least Pleasant Surprise

We don't understand why Buick refuses to put push-button start in a vehicle with the Enclave's luxurious sensibilities. Once you've discovered the joy of leaving your key in your pocket or bag it becomes annoying to have to fish for it to start your car.

Bottom Line

For families looking for a nice driving, well-equipped vehicle with an emphasis on comfort and luxury for a surprisingly affordable price, the 2016 Buick Enclave deserves a spot on the shopping list. While not a performance-oriented SUV, the midsize Enclave excels at being a first-class people mover.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 288 HP / 270 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
15 / 22 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 288 HP / 270 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
15 / 22 / 18 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
22.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$84
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
115.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
154 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
201.9 "
Exterior Width
79.0 "
Exterior Height
70.3 "
Front Headroom
40.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.4 "
Front Legroom
41.3 "
Rear Legroom
36.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,724 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
20.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
19.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way (2-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-40 Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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