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.

Performance Pros

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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.

Performance Cons

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.

Interior Pros

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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.

Interior Cons

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.