The quintessential Buick of large crossovers, the Enclave manages to be prestigious without going overboard. It's spacious, whisper-quiet, and luxurious to a point. When you consider everything included in its base price, the Enclave also becomes a relative bargain.
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2017 Buick Enclave Overview
What's New for 2017
Buyers can now choose a Sport Touring Edition of the Enclave with unique exterior styling.
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 the same three trim levels as other Buicks:
In addition to all-wheel drive, the Leather and Premium are eligible for individual options such as a panoramic sunroof, a rear entertainment system, navigation, and an upgraded Bose surround-sound system. Both models can also be outfitted in Tuscan Edition or Sport Touring Edition trim. The Tuscan comes with a bronze accents on the grille and wheels, while the Sport Touring get satin black trim in the same places. Both editions feature 20-inch chrome wheels.
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 desire when shopping in this league. The Tuscan and Sport Touring packages are worthy additions at just $995 each.
2017 Buick Enclave Review
Offering room for up to eight in a premium environment, the Buick Enclave has an immediate content edge over much of the competition. This midsize, three-row SUV is priced from $39,990 and offers a suite of technology and safety features.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2017 Buick Enclave offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive models are available in convenience, leather, and premium trims. All-wheel drive models are sold in leather and premium trims. All 2017 Enclave models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Convenience models are outfitted with 19-inch machined aluminum wheels set within all-season tires. Automatic headlamps, power side mirrors, and a power liftgate are standard. Inside, this model offers standard seating for seven, including second-row captain’s chairs. You’ll also find an infotainment system, a rearview camera, tri-zone climate control, and three USB ports.
Besides leather seating, leather group models add 8-way power-adjusted heated front seats, driver seat memory, and safety upgrades. The top-of-the-line premium group adds articulating headlamps, heated and cooled front seats, a Bose audio system, and a power tilt and telescopic steering column.
Buick also offers a handful of package upgrades, including a $995 Tuscan package, adding 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels with bronze pockets and a bronze-toned grille. A “hit-the-road” $1,105 accessory package brings in molded side steps, roof rack cross rails, and a cargo area mat. Other packages benefit towing, cargo or protect the interior.
The V6 engine is wholly suited for this SUV, delivering 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Along with the automatic transmission, this powertrain combination serves an ideal blend of performance and efficiency.
The Buick Enclave reminds us that consumers prefer car-based crossovers over truck-derived SUVs and for a good reason: steering and handling are simply better all-around.
The top towing capacity for this SUV is 4,500 pounds, but that’s at least 500 pounds less than what most competitors offer. Further, you must upgrade to a towing package to obtain the top rating.
The Enclave’s soft ride and overall soothing feel mean that this SUV is big on comfort, but small on playfulness. It lacks selectable drive modes that enhance engine and transmission performance and supply stiffer steering feel on models so equipped.
Three rows of comfortable seating are found in the Buick Enclave. Even the third row can hold adult passengers in a pinch and that’s not something every competitor can claim.
When it comes to infotainment systems, Buick IntelliLink continues to impress. Standard across the Enclave line, this system provides voice recognition, is Pandora and Stitcher compatible, and supplies ease of connectivity, including Bluetooth.
Cargo volume behind the third row is limited, coming in less than what you’d find in a minivan. That’s the price you pay for third-row space large enough to accommodate adult passengers.
Climate and audio controls are small and seem outdated, a glaring example of a vehicle needing an update.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Buick continues to maintain its place between mainstream and luxury brands. Although we’re long accustomed to the upscale look of each of its models, the Enclave continues to impress us with its refined interior, sophisticated lines, and quiet cabin.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Eleven years is an extraordinarily long generational run for any vehicle, including the Buick Enclave. Regular updates have kept this model relevant, but newer models from the competition mean this Buick is certainly showing its age.
The Bottom Line
The Buick Enclave has aged well, but 11 years is a long time between new models. Now in its final year, this first-generation crossover still manages to turn heads and deliver a level of sophistication matching that of some luxury models. That sophistication comes at a lower price point too, and that means the 2017 Enclave is big on value.
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