2020 Buick Enclave

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2020 Buick Enclave Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Keshav Katyal Content Writer Updated on: November 8, 2019


Right from its launch in 2008, the Enclave has been one of the most widely acclaimed SUVs in GM's portfolio, and for all the right reasons. Apart from its premium fit and finish, it could seat seven, offered a comfortable ride and most importantly, it looked the part. However, the first generation Enclave underwent several facelifts in the next ten years, until it was completely redesigned in 2018 for its second generation.

Moving into its 2020 model year, the Buick Enclave remains pretty much the same as the previous year model except for some minor reshuffling of trims and their respective features.

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Pros

Spacious and comfortable interior

Generous boot space

Plethora of standard features

Smooth and silent ride

Cons

Advanced features concentrated only in the higher trims

Tiny yet noticeable body roll

What's New?

New front wheel drive 'Preffered' trim replaces the base


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

223 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

266 lbs.-ft @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

67.3/67

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

204.3 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

69.6 in.

curb weight

4359 lbs.

ground clearance

7.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

97.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

504.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Buick Enclave in Black Cherry Metallic color  2020 Buick Enclave in Dark Slate Metallic color  2020 Buick Enclave in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2020 Buick Enclave in Havana Metallic color  2020 Buick Enclave in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2020 Buick Enclave in White Frost Tricoat color
Black Cherry Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

8.6

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Buick Enclave Preferred

Preferred

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$40,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $40,000 MSRP (18/21/26) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7   Dark Slate Metallic
  Red Quartz Tintcoat
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Summit White
  Pepperdust Metallic
  White Frost Tricoat

 2020 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$42,000 - $44,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $42,000 MSRP (18/21/26) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $44,000 MSRP (17/20/25) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Buick Enclave Premium

Premium

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$48,100 - $50,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $48,100 MSRP (18/21/26) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $50,400 MSRP (17/20/25) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir

Avenir

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$53,500 - $55,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Avenir 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $53,500 MSRP (18/21/26) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $55,800 MSRP (17/20/25) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


The Buick Enclave entered the market at a time when the trend of sturdy and powerful SUVs had just started to build up. Its evolution from being just any other 7 seater to one of the most popular products in its segment, in itself speaks a lot. Buick was so confident with the appreciation which the Enclave received from the masses, that it took them ten years to realise that it had started lacking behind its rivals.

The much needed updates to the aging Enclave was indeed a much needed one. The thorough redesign not only added sleekness and exquisitivity to the Enclave, but also add enhance its ride quality. Buick thinks that the revision, which the Enclave receives would allow it to more strongly stand against its competition which features SUV's like Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and its own sibling, the Envision.

 

 


 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.6/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Buick Enclave Features

The 2020 Buick Enclave is available in 4 variants, i:e. Preferred, Essence, Premium and Avenir. Prices for the 2020 Enclave stretches from $40k for the base Preferred to over $53k for the top Avenir. Power is sourced from a 310 hp 3.6 liter V6 and is delivered to the wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission.

The base trim now gets a new nomenclature and is now known as "Preferred". It is also the only trim which comes with front wheel drive. All the higher trims can be opted with either a front wheel drive or an all wheel drive. The trimline specifications follow the familiar course here with opening up of more safety and luxury features as you move up the trim order.

Trim

Preferred

Essence

Premium

Avenir

MSRP FWD

$40,000

$42,595

$48,100

$53,500

MSRP AWD

N/A

$44,000

$50,400

$55,800

Key

Features

Keyless Open and Push-Button start

Leather-Appointed First and Second rows

Bose performance enhanced premium 10 speaker system

Exclusive grille with unique styling

 

Smartphone connectivity with OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot

Lane change alert with side blind zone alert

Heated, driver side auto dimming power outside mirrors

Power moonroof with rear fixed light

 

Heated Driver and front passenger seats

In-vehicle air ionizer

Forward collision alert

Qi-enabled wireless charging

 

Rear Park assist

Rear cross traffic alert

Telescopic and power tilt steering column

8” color driver information console

We recommend – To get the most out your money, we recommend the premium variant as it aptly garnished with safety and convenience features like, telescopic and power tilt steering, mirror position memory and many more advanced features which makes this car a perfect choice for its money.

2020 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

8.0/10

“The V6 provides a nice bit of thrust off the line when you put your foot down, but it tapers off at higher rpm” Edmunds

Engine and Transmission-

The Buick has a 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 310hp with 266 lb-ft of torque, which is common to all the trims. The 2020 enclave has a slightly upgraded engine when compared to its previous model, producing 22hp more which makes it the powerful Buick Enclave ever produced.

 It shares the engine with the Chevy Traverse. The v-6 engine is lively and produces thrust on demand, but shivers down at higher rpm. The 9-speed automatic transmission works like a charm due to its precision and smoothness. While rolling, The Enclave feels powerful and agile and not so bulky.

Models

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

MSRP

$43,195

$31,125

$48,695

$41,895

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2L Turbo 4-Cyl SIDI

Transmission

9 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

Horsepower

310 hp@ 6800rpm

310 hp @ 6800rpm

310 hp@ 6600rpm

252 hp @

5500rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

266 @ 2800 rpm

266 @ 2800 rpm

271 @ 5000 rpm

295 @ 3000 rpm

Chevrolet Traverse L offers the same performance as that of the Enclave at a lesser price. Chevrolet Traverse is also a good option for a person who is on a budget but is hungry for power. When compared to its rivals, the Enclave shares the stage with the Traverse L and the Envision as all 3 of these have 9-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration-

The 3.6 liter V-6 helps this beast to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. But when compared to its rivals, it is the slowest with its sister car, the Envision leading the pack with 6.4 seconds.

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

0-60 MPH

7.9 sec

6.5 sec

6.7 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter mile

15.4 sec

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

14.9 sec

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2L Turbo 4-Cyl SIDI

Emission (Tons/year of CO2 emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

8.4

8.8

8

The Acceleration is smooth which makes this car agile. When tested for the quarter mile, both Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Envision took the first place with 14.9 seconds followed by GMC Acadia with 15.3 seconds and finally the Buick Enclave with 15.4 seconds coming last.

Braking-

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

4359

4362

4083

4154

60-0 MPH (ft.)

134

N/A

N/A

126

The new Enclave has a firm brake pedal which is very capable and makes the rider confident. The Enclave provides accurate body control, all thanks to the brake and suspension system.

Ride and Handling-

All thanks to the Buick for a precise steering wheel and firm brakes, the rider feels confident due to the well-controlled body movements. When the car was tested for in-cabin noise levels, we found the Enclave’s cabin to be not-so-sound-proof as Buick markets. All thanks to the Buick’s active noise cancellation system and the usage of sound insulators, the driving feels quiet and focused.

It rolls like a charm without making you feel disconnected from the road. The front wheel variant, when compared to the all-wheel drive variants, feels light and quicker but the AWD variants feel more real and rolls neatly around quick corners due to its upscale rear axle. Top trims also offer adaptive suspension system which improves the driving experience and makes it smooth no matter the terrain.

Towing Capacity-

A typical towing capacity for a midsize SUV is around 5000 pounds, which both the Enclave and Chevrolet can handle. The GMC can tow around 4000 pounds and the Envision premium trails behind with just 1500 pounds of towing capacity.

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

Towing Capacity (lbs)

5000

5000

4000

1500

2020 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

When compared to its rivals, the Buick Enclave has the same mileage as the Chevy when tested on the highway, but losses its first place to its sister car the Envision and the Chevy by 2 MPG. The main reason for its great fuel economy is the new auto start-stop function. These figures for the Enclave drop by 1 unit for the AWD variants.

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

MPG (hwy)

26

26

25

25

MPG (city)

18

20

17

20

MPG (combined)

21

N/A

20

22

Tank Capacity (gal)

19

19.4

22

17.3

2020 Buick Enclave Interior

8.6/10

Interior materials in the 2020 Enclave are fitting (for the most part) for a premium-grade vehicle, similar to what you'll find in a top-level Chevrolet Traverse or an SUV from luxury brands like Acura and Lincoln. However, with a few lower-grade ingredients, this Buick doesn't quite compete with the opulence of an Audi” – cars.usnews.com

Seating and Comfort-

The Buick offers a comfortable set of 3 rows which can fit 7 passengers without any issues. Also the Buick has provided a pair of captain’s chairs in the middle and a bench seat in the third row in all of its trims to improve the comfort of the passengers. The amount of seating space this SUV has along with the sound insulating materials, the ride becomes less raucous and peaceful.

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

Passenger capacity

7

8

6

5

Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.3/62.4/41.2

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.3/59.4/41

40/57/40.9

Second row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/61.7/38.9

40/62.2/38.4

39.6/58.7/39.7

38.5/55.8/37.5

Third row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.6/57.3/33.5

38.2/57.5/33.5

37.2/54.3/31.1

-/-/-

The Buick has also provided its state of the art LATCH hardware which includes both top and lower tether anchors for a child seat. This car also has a smart slide for the second row which makes access to the third row easy.

Infotainment-

The standard variant of the Enclave comes with many standard features which a rider can imagine along with some extras included. The standard trim comes bundled with the 4.2” diagonal color Driver information center, an 8” diagonal high resolution, color touch-screen with Buick infotainment system and Buick’s intelliLink system along with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The audio system provided by the Buick is a standard 6 speaker system with active noise cancellation. Other standard features include a WI-FI hotspot, Siri Eyes free and natural voice control along with 6 USB ports distributed evenly across the car.

Cargo space-

The 2020 Enclave has a generous amount of boot space. The boot space behind the 3rd row is 23.6 cu.ft. and increases by 58 cu.ft. when the second-row seats are folded down thereby giving an enormous boot space of 97.6 cu.ft. With 98.2 cu.ft. of cargo space, Chevrolet takes the crown, although not by much.

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

Maximum interior cargo volume (cu.ft.)

97.6

98.2

79

57.3

2020 Buick Enclave Exterior

“Gone is the traditional Buick waterfall-Bull grille design, a styling cue that had not aged well. In its place is a more contemporary opening with wings extending from either side of the rather largish Buick tri-shield logo. The roofline is sleeker, and the overall look is more like a really tall sports wagon than a boxy SUV. Think Mazda CX-9 on a grand scale” – Kelly blue book

Dimension and Weight-

After producing the first generation of the Enclave, the Buick has stepped up the game by introducing the 2020 variant. Its sculpted yet sleek design comes from the 2018 Enclave. It rolls on a 120.9-inch wheelbase and measures 204.3 inches end-to-end. The elegant design by the Buick makes the Enclave look more like a big sports SUV rather than a boxy looking SUV.

Model

Buick Enclave preferred

Chevrolet Traverse (L)

GMC Acadia Denali AWD

Buick Envision Premium AWD

Curb weight (lbs)

4359

4362

4154

4083

Length (in)

204.3

204.3

193.6

183.7

Width (in)

78.8

78.6

75.4

72.4

Height (in)

69.9

70.7

68.7

66.8

Ground clearance (in)

7.7

N/A

7.2

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

120.9

108.3

112.5

108.3

Track width (in) F/R

67.3/67

67.3/67

64.5/64.5

62/62

The Enclave has almost the same curb weight as that of the Chevy and is identical when other factors are considered except the wheelbase where the Enclave takes the lead.

The new Enclave comes with a waterfall grille for the first 3 variants, the Avenir variant gets its own uniquely styled grille. The rear side has a chrome accent which merges into the tail lights.

Exterior Features

The 2020 Buick Enclave comes bundled with a host of features -

  • LED Daytime Running lamps
  • Molded assist steps
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Power moonroof with rear fixed skylight
  • 20” bright machined faced wheels with Satin Graphite pockets
  • Automatic on/off headlamps
  • Wheel locks

2020 Buick Enclave Safety

Some safety features of the 2020 Buick Enclave

  • 7 airbag system
  • Door locks and rear child security lock
  • First aid kit
  • LATCH system
  • Passenger sensing system
  • Rear park assist
  • Rear vision camera

2020 Buick Enclave Competition

Chevrolet Traverse v/s Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Traverse is an identical twin of the Buick Enclave as both of these are under GM. There are many similarities which can be drawn between these two, from engine and transmission to the overall cargo space and seating capacity. The Chevy has an edge when it comes to the price tag as the Enclave costs $10,000 more than the Chevy. Though traverse lacks many features that come as standard in the Enclave, but if you are looking for a daily driver in a tight budget and are happy without some additional features, then the Traverse is the perfect choice for you.

GMC Acadia Denali AWD v/s Buick Enclave

GMC Acadia – Another GM SUV which is similar to the Enclave yet they both are different SUVs with a common parent company. The Acadia Denali has the same engine as that of the Enclave, producing the same amount of power. The main reason why the Enclave wins here is that the base model of the Enclave offers more features and has a similar engine as that of the Acadia Denali, and comes with a price tag less than the Acadia Denali.

Buick Envision Premium AWD v/s Buick Enclave

The Buick Envision is the sister car of the big Enclave, but if the former is selected, then you will be giving up more than just a row. The Envision premium AWD has a small 2-liter engine with a similar price tag so clearly, we get a winner, The Enclave.

2020 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

The Buick offers 4 trims in the latest iteration of the Enclave with a 3.6 L V-6 engine as standard for all the trims. If you are looking for something which is both luxurious and affordable and produces an amazing amount of power, then the 2020 Buick Enclave is for you.

Affordability doesn’t always mean a cheaper price tag, sometimes you have to bend the rules and Buick has done the same thing with the Enclave. They are offering a great array of features along with a great engine and transmission combination which makes this car a complete bang for its buck. There might be other rivals out there surpassing this car, but with what it is offering, the Enclave really stands out.