Spacious and upscale interior. The Buick Enclave is one of the longest crossover utility vehicles in its class, measuring 204.3 inches from bumper to bumper. That translates into superior passenger-carrying space for seven along with ample cargo room.
This model seats seven with captain’s chairs in the second row and a bench seat in the third row. The second-row chairs nearly match the first row in terms of comfort and come with nearly 39 inches of legroom. The only “miss” here is an optional bench seat, which would give the Enclave room for eight, such as found in the competing Toyota Highlander and Hyundai Palisade.
The cabin is dressed in premium materials and especially so for the range-topping Avenir. The power-controlled front seats offer heating and available ventilating and massaging functions. If you fold down the second- and third-row seats, the Enclave offers just under 100 cubic feet of storage capacity, making this model almost as versatile as a minivan.
Performance, efficiency, and towing.Buick outfits the 2022 Enclave with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that develops 310 horsepower. It is the same engine found in some Cadillac models. That said, this SUV isn’t especially fast as it weighs just over two tons. This SUV is built for comfort with its soft and compliant suspension. We laud it for its responsive steering, which is especially welcome at highway speeds.
The Enclave utilizes a 9-speed automatic transmission to send power to the front or to all four wheels. It averages a combined 20/21 mpg and that’s on the low side for this segment. The Enclave pulls a robust 5,000 pounds when equipped with the optional towing package, which is average for the segment, but just behind the 6,000-pound rating for the Nissan Pathfinder.
Comfort and premium features. It costs about $42,000 to get behind the wheel of a base Buick Enclave, a price that reflects this model’s premium status. A fully loaded Avenir trim with all-wheel drive pushes $60,000, and that’s within the range of the Acura MDX.
Nevertheless, Buick equips the Enclave with a long list of comfort and tech features, including an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, six USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard. A 6-speaker audio package is included. Wireless phone charging, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are among the options.
Heated front seats, as well as power-controlled driver and front passenger seats, are included. Leather touches, three-zone climate control, and heated side mirrors come standard. The options list includes full leather seats, 20-inch wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.
Standard and available safety tech. Along with a refreshed design, the 2022 Enclave gains expanded driver-assist safety equipment. Buick includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitoring. Automatic high beams and rear parking sensors are also standard.
Among the safety options are adaptive cruise control, rear pedestrian alert, a head-up display, and a color head-up display. Front parking assist is available. Enhanced automatic emergency braking comes with the Avenir.
Final thoughts. The 2022 Buick Enclave has superior seating and enough cargo room, with just about 100 cubic feet of storage – so it's built for comfort and long trips, but not for speed. It's stylish, but we do wish for more color options with the base model. The fuel efficiency isn't great, either, at roughly 20/21 mpg, and lacks hybrid/EV options. The Toyota Highlander has a combined 36 mpg for comparison. The Enclave's tech and infotainment features are pretty well-stocked, though.
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