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2019 Buick Enclave OVERVIEW
The 2019 Buick Enclave continues as a leader in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. After receiving a much-needed makeover last year, the new Enclave arrives at dealerships with four trim levels and a single powertrain combination. Starting at $40,995 (all prices include the $995 destination charge), the 2019 Enclave offers multiple convenience and safety features, drives surprisingly well, and is a great option for those looking for a reliable daily-driver.
What's New for 2019
The Buick Enclave was completely redesigned in 2018 and arrives at dealerships mainly unchanged for the 2019 model year.
Choosing Your Buick Enclave
The 2019 Buick Enclave is a well-appointed crossover that's offered in four easy-to-configure trim levels: the base Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Each Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all but the base can be had with all-wheel drive ($2,000 more on the Essence trim, $2,300 more on Premium and Avenir models).
All Enclaves are powered by the same 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. In FWD configuration, the Enclave returns an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 combined. AWD variants achieve 17 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20 combined.
One of the biggest improvements in 2018 was updated suspension technology which really enhances corner and rough road driving. In fact, the Buick Enclave’s noise reduction and sound deadening features rank well against others in the same segment. The inside of the 2019 Buick Enclave is roomy and comfortable, and first- and second-row passengers enjoy rather easy access. The third-row seating is well balanced and can fit two adults.
The 2019 Buick Enclave is an impressive mid-size crossover SUV and offers consumers a good bang for the buck. Among the four trims, the Premium offers consumers the best value. Those living in cold-weather climates would benefit by adding the all-wheel-drive system for added traction during poor road conditions.