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2021 Buick Enclave

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3.3 (Good)

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2021 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $40,300
2021 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,300
2021 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,300
2021 Premium Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,400
2021 Premium All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,600
2021 Avenir Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,100
2021 Avenir All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,300


What's New

The 2021 Buick Enclave is mostly unchanged from the previous year. The exception is that previously optional safety equipment including automatic emergency braking is now standard on the top two two trims, the Premium and Avenir. Those two also get standard massage front seats.

Choosing Your Buick Enclave

The Enclave is offered in four trim levels: Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Pricing starts at $41,195 including destination for the base model and reaches $54,995 for the Avenir.

Engine Choices

There's one powertrain setup offered on the Enclave. A 3.6-liter V6 generates 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power through the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available for $2,200 on all trims except the base Preferred.

The Enclave returns an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 combined. AWD reduces these numbers to 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The Essence (and up) trim offers the Trailering Package for $600 which includes additional cooling for the powertrain, a tow/haul mode, and a 5,000-pound towing rating.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Enclave can seat up to seven passengers across three rows, which includes standard second-row captain's chairs. More maneuverable than a Chevrolet Tahoe but larger than a Honda Pilot, the Enclave stretches to 204.3 inches and rides on a 120.9-inch wheelbase. That affords 38.9-inches of legr oom for the second-row passengers and 33.5-inches for the third row.

Still, the Enclave offers 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row folded, the volume grows to 58 cubic feet and then to 97.6 cubic feet with all seatbacks folded.

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Safety Features

The Enclave has tiered levels of standard safety equipment based on the trim levels. The base trim, Preferred, feels very basic and only includes rear parking sensors. The Essence trim gains blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Premium adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams. The Avenir is available with adaptive cruise control, but only through the Avenir Technology Package.


All Enclave trims are equipped with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, 4G wi-fi, and On-Star. There are two USB plugs in each of the three tows. SiriusXM 360 L is featured on the Essence trim.

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Preferred - From $41,195

The Preferred trim is the base model but hardly feels basic when it comes to the included equipment. Standard LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors with auto-dimming on the driver’s side, proximity entry, roof rails, and remote engine start are notable exterior features while the interior is equipped with heated front (cloth) seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver, a 4.2-inch digital display in the gauge cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

There are three simple packages offered. The Touring Package ($2,795) includes 20-inch wheels and painted side steps; the Luxury Package ($1,525) instead adds a grille with black mesh and chrome surround as well as side steps; and the Hit the Road Package ($1,225) includes roof rails and painted side steps.

Essence - From $43,195

The Essence trim gains perforated-leather seats as well as additional safety features.

It also offers the Sound and Sites Package for $1,395 that includes a premium 10-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, and a 120-volt power outlet. Once that package is selected, a dual-pane sunroof becomes available for $1,400. A no-brainer option package is the HD Surround Vision package that adds a surround-view camera system and a rearview camera mirror for $825.

Premium - From $49,595

The Premium trim receives the upgraded audio from the Essence trim and includes ventilated and massaging front seats and power-folding third-row seats.

The Surround and Sites Package is offered for $2,495 and includes navigation, a rearview camera mirror, the surround-view camera, and 20-inch wheels. The other newly available package is the Sun and Sites Package ($3,095) which bundles the dual-pane sunroof, 20-inch wheels, and navigation.

Avenir - From $54,995

The Avenir wears a uniquely-styled grille, painted lower cladding, and special-painted 20-inch wheels to dress the part of being a top-tier Enclave. The interior also receives special touches such as unique interior colors, seat piping, contrast stitching, and an 8-inch display in the gauge cluster. HD Surround Vision, wireless charging, and the dual-pane sunroof are standard features as well.

The Avenir Technology Package includes more exclusive features such as adaptive cruise control and adaptive dampers for $2,095.

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The 2021 Buick Enclave Essence trim level with the Bose audio system and HD Surround Vision package offers luxurious features where they matter the most. However, the lack of more active safety equipment is a step behind the leaders for this segment.

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Expert Review

  • Simple, elegant looks inside and out
  • Peaceful and quiet ride
  • Good standard infotainment system
  • Automatic emergency braking reserved for top trims
  • Only one standard exterior color
  • Avenir tickles luxury crossover pricing
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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Narrow niche, but it serves a purpose. The 2021 Buick Enclave isn’t quite mainstream, but it’s not quite luxury either. With a handful of premium goodies scattered among more mainstream standard equipment, premium interior and exterior designs, a ho-hum powertrain, and some questionable cost-savings tactics, the Enclave fits a very narrow class of buyers: those seeking an upscale ride and look without paying a premium price.

Stylish inside and out; lacks palette options in base trim. The Enclave plays its hand pretty wide open, as it broadcasts to the world that it’s not quite mainstream and not quite luxury. It shows off its not-quite-mainstream side with its sharp body that boasts just the right number of curves and creases, a wide grille with a thin chrome trim piece and floating emblem, and a tasteful amount of chrome trim down the sides and around back.

Inside, its non-mainstream looks continue with its swoopy, two-tone dash, angular air vents, clean center stack, electronic gear shifter, noise cancellation, and plenty of premium upholstery options. The cabin is also where its not-so-luxury side comes out, as its standard 8-inch touchscreen isn’t a technophile’s dream for a luxury crossover, but it’s functional and easy to use. Also, its cloth seating helps rein in costs to make it more accessible than a true luxury crossover.

Another cost-saving scheme that pulls it from the luxury space and will turn off some buyers is its limited color palette in every trim below the range-topping Avenir. These trims have just one no-cost color option: Summit White. They do have six optional “Premium” colors that range from $495 to $1,095. Some luxury automakers can and do get away with this upsell tactic, but a Buick? Nope.

The Avenir has five standard color options and one $600 premium option, but it rings in at over $13,000 more than the base model.

Nice assortment of standard features, safety tech is a different story. The Buick Enclave has a nice list of standard equipment in its base Preferred trim. This list includes 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone automatic climate control, a wi-fi hotspot, remote start, LED headlights, active noise cancellation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.

The touchscreen and smartphone integration is on par with most mainstream Enclave competitors and even some true luxury rivals, but the Mazda CX-9 puts it to shame with its 10.3-inch standard touchscreen. Otherwise, the Enclave’s standard features are unmatched by other base mainstream crossovers.

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Buyers who want to see just how close the Enclave can get to the luxury segment can opt for the Avenir. The Enclave Avenir adds upgraded leather, a surround-view camera, 20-inch rollers, a wireless smartphone charger, a panoramic sunroof, and much more. While it offers tons of features, the Avenir starts from $54,995, making it one pricey Buick. For just bout $5,000 more, you can pick up a base BMW X5. For just a grand more, you can get an Audi Q7 Premium.

Though the Enclave received “Good” scores in all IIHS crash tests, we can’t rave about its safety because it lacks available automatic emergency braking in its two lowest trims. AEB is, however, standard in the Premium and Avenir trims. This is a huge oversight, as most mainstream crossovers include this and more standard, including the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent, and others.

Cloud-soft ride, not much excitement. Buick’s signature for many years has been comfort, and the Enclave delivers a winner with its standard active noise control. It keeps engine, road, and wind noise to a minimum, while its slick chassis eats potholes for lunch.

While its ride is up there with German luxury machines, its performance pulls it back down to Earth. The Enclave’s standard 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is competent but lacks the power and refinement to compete with the X5’s 340-hp six-cylinder. It does, however, get a jump on the Acura MDX’s 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 in terms of output, but not refinement.

Buyers seeking power can opt for the Explorer and its turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which delivers 365 to 400 hp, depending on the trim. The CX-9 is more agile, but it sacrifices in output (227 hp) and comfort.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Buick Enclave fits in a narrow niche between mainstream and luxury for buyers who want that premium feel without a premium price. It also fits those who couldn’t care less about brand prestige and see a BMW or Mercedes-Benz as just a pricier moniker.

No matter what trim level you choose, the Enclave delivers a cloud-soft ride and a peaceful cabin, but there are some trade-offs. These compromises include its unrefined powertrain and some less-than-luxurious standard features in lower trims. It also lacks standard automatic emergency braking, which other far cheaper models in its class come standard with.

For buyers seeking a crossover that’s more fun to drive, the Mazda CX-9 is an option, or you can bump up to the far more expensive BMW X5. If you’re concerned about value, the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, and CX-9 all offer lower starting prices by a few thousand dollars, making their options more accessible.

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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
36 Months / 36,000 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
69.9 "
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
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
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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