The Enclave's top-of-the-line Avenir trim is compelling, but we'd stick with the Premium trim. It comes with almost everything you'd want in a luxury crossover, like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear captain's chairs, tri-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, a power-folding third row, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer. The Premium also comes standard with a plethora of driver assistance features like blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. While all-wheel drive is optional, we'd save the money and use it on a set of snow tires once it gets colder.
As for options, we'd go with the Experience Buick Package, which gives us dual sunroofs that bathe the handsome cabin in natural light and a towing capability of 5,000 pounds. We'd also spring for the rear seat infotainment system without the DVD player, because with the system can wirelessly connect with devices that can stream video.
We'd also recommend saving up $395 for the exterior paint – aside from Summit White, every paint color Buick offers on the Enclave carries a premium. The bulk of the colors are metallic and ring up at $395, although Red Quartz Tintcoat and White Frost Tricoat require $495 and $995, respectively.
Here's how we'd build our Enclave:
- Model: 2018 Buick Enclave Premium
- Engine: 3.6-liter V6
- Output: 310 hp/ 266 lb-ft
- Transmission: Nine-speed Automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 18 City / 26 Hwy
- Options: Experience Buick Package ($3,250, dual sunroof, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, heavy duty cooling system, trailering package), Rear Seat Infotainment System without DVD player ($1,750), Havana Metallic Paint ($395)
- Base Price:$49,010 (including a $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$54,490