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2019 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $40,000
2019 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,000
2019 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,000
2019 Premium Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,100
2019 Premium All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,400
2019 Avenir Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $53,500
2019 Avenir All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $55,800


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.

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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.

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The base 2019 Buick Enclave is the Preferred, which starts at $40,995. The Preferred is well equipped with standard features and tech that includes keyless open and push-button start, tri-zone climate control, rear park assist, a hands-free power liftgate, and smartphone connectivity. An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen permits Bluetooth connectivity and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, and there's a total of six USB ports located throughout the cabin. The Preferred also offers a built-in WiFi 4G hotspot, however, consumers have to sign up for Onstar® to continue data streaming.

The Preferred can be enhanced with a few GM convenience packages. The Luxury Package ($1,395) adds a chrome grille with a black mesh insert, and molded assist steps offered in a slew of colors. The Hit the Road Package ($1,175) brings roof rack cross rails and molded assist steps.

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The Essence is the first trim to offer all-wheel drive, adds a few safety enhancements, and starts at $42,995. This trim provides consumers with leather-appointed first- and second-row seats, lane change alert with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an in-vehicle air ionizer. A three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio has also been added to the Essence. This trim can also be upgraded with the Luxury and Hit The Road Packages, or a Trailering Package ($650) that includes a trailer hitch, increased towing capacity (5,000-pound capacity), and an engine cooling system.

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The Premium kicks things up a few notches and starts at $49,095. The Premium features forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking safety systems. It also offers automatic heated front seats and steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and second-row heated seats. A Bose 10-speaker audio system rounds out the standard upgrades offered on this trim.

The impressive enhancement offered with the Premium is the Experience Buick Package ($3,250). This adds a power moonroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, a heavy-duty cooling system, and the rest of the contents of the Trailering Package. The Luxury, Hit The Road, and Trailering Package all return.

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The Enclave range-topper is the Avenir trim which starts at $54,495. This trim builds on the Premium and adds a power dual moonroof, a wireless device charging system, a surround-view camera system, and a unique grille and interior styling. Second row 40/40 captains chairs and third-row 60/40-split row seating are standard with the Avenir, as is an eight-way power driver seat. The Avenir can be spiced up even further by adding the Avenir Technology Package ($2,095), which brings a premium suspension kit, adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking, and upper active aero shutters.

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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.

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

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: 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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Coming into its second year after a major update, the 2019 Buick Enclave remains a good looking three-row crossover that's a great option for larger families who want to avoid the existential horror that comes with owning a minivan. In true Buick fashion, the Enclave slots in between the standard economy cars and full-on luxury vehicles, offering a slightly more affordable brand of luxury that can be compelling to those who can't quite justify a more prestigious badge.

Best Value

For 2019, the best value remains with the Premium trim, as it's very well equipped yet it manages to secure a starting price of just under $50,000. The Premium trim includes great features like a Bose 10-speaker audio system, forward collision warning, automatic heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and real leather. All-wheel drive doesn't add much to the Enclave, so we'd pass in order to save money.

Because the Enclave is born to be a kid-hauler, we'd choose the Buick Interior Protection Package to protect the carpets from muddy cleats with all-weather floor mats. We'd also get the power moonroof and rear skylight to bathe the interior in natural light, and because we don't want white paint, we'd add the Black Cherry Metallic paint, which costs a premium like all of the Enclave's paint choices except white.

Here's how we'd build our Enclave:

  • Model: 2019 Buick Enclave Premium
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 310 hp / 266 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 18 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: Buick Interior Protection Package ($250, all-weather floor mats, all-weather cargo mat), Power Moonroof with Rear Fixed Skylight ($1,400), Black Cherry Metallic Paint ($395)
  • Base Price: $49,095 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $51,140


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Believe it or not, the 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 that powers the Enclave can make it move surprisingly quickly for a large crossover, allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. This is probably irrelevant to most buyers in this segment, but the result is effortless highway merges on short on-ramps. The nine-speed automatic transmission helps provide a smooth drive, as it shifts quickly without drama, and it doesn't spend time nervously hunting for a better gear. The power of the engine makes it capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds if properly equipped, but the trade off is, predictably, poor gas mileage of only 21 miles per gallon combined.

All-wheel drive is optional on most trims, and Premium and Avenir models receive a system that includes a differential to send power to where it's needed, as opposed to using the brakes like the Essence model. In the corners, the Enclave's suspension keeps the body roll to a minimum, and the steering is accurate enough to give a surprising amount of confidence on twistier roads. Higher trims get an adaptive suspension system to further tailor the vehicle to road conditions and the driver's mood.

If you're looking for a mean, growling vehicle that makes you think you're behind the wheel of a sports car, the Enclave isn't it. Instead, the Enclave makes use of Buick's famous Quiet Tuning philosophy, with active noise cancellation and a significant amount of sound deadening material crammed into every nook and cranny.


The Buick Enclave is one of the best looking vehicles the company has ever made. The sweeping lines feel upscale and classy, while evoking the sensation of perpetual momentum. Sure, it may just be a family-hauling crossover, but you can tell that Buick's designers took time in crafting the Enclave's shape. It honestly wouldn't be a stretch to call this one of the most beautiful SUVs on the road today.

The deliberate attention to design carries into the interior as well. Even the base trim level looks upscale by forgoing the bean-counter cheapness that historically plagued General Motors, while higher-priced models get several choices of leather seats and trim. The Avenir takes this idea to the next level with open-pore wood and unique color choices.

The Enclave is buit to be a very comfortable vehicle. The front seats are made to be supportive and relaxing over longer road trips, and the rear captain's chairs both recline and slide back and forth. Even the "way-back" offers enough room for adults, although the use of the third row significantly cuts down on rear cargo space. However, if the third seats are folded, you're left with 58 cubic feet of room for cargo.

The Best and Worst Things

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The Buick Enclave is a really great looking vehicle, but its greatest asset is the the amount of features that are available that are smart additions for a family-focused SUV. When compared with true luxury brand SUVs like you'd see from Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, or even Cadillac, the Enclave is a great deal.

The primary fault of the Enclave is still its fuel economy. When driving around the city, 18 mpg can get expensive over time, and many automakers have figured out that adding a turbo-four can get more efficiency for the same amount of power as a naturally-aspirated V6.

Right For? Wrong For?

The Buick Enclave is perfect for larger families that like to road trim, as three rows with captain's chairs is about as perfect of a configuration as you can get for the adventure. The Enclave is very comfortable over distances, and will swallow up miles of open highway.

On the other hand, if you can't quite afford an Enclave, it's not worth it to push your budget. The Chevy Traverse is built off of the same platform, and will offer many of the same features and room for a significantly cheaper price.

The Bottom Line

As consumers flock to SUVs and crossovers, the Buick Enclave has been thrust into the position of Buick's flagship vehicle. Thankfully, it's more than capable of filling this role as it's a great looking and well appointed mid-size crossover that's a serious contender. All in all, it's a great choice for families in need of a people-mover, and is well worth checking out if you're in the market.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 310 HP / 266 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 310 HP / 266 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
97.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
157 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
204.3 "
Exterior Width
78.8 "
Exterior Height
69.6 "
Front Headroom
41.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.9 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
38.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
62.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,359 Lbs.
Wheel Base
121 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Lower Accent Two-tone / Metallic Lower Accent Two-tone / Tri-coat Lower Accent Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-40 Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Buick Infotainment System Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Buick Infotainment System Am/fm, Seek-scan
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
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
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
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited 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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