2021 Buick Enclave

MSRP $41,195 - $57,295

Ranked #6 in Compact Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2021 Buick Enclave Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Enclave sits on the top of the SUV lineup offered by Buick, a very good-looking and practical vehicle that can be seen as an alternative to the European and Japanese-dominated luxury crossover segment. The car also looks flashy compared to the rivals like BMW or Infiniti. The Buick is the Chevrolet Traverse’s cousin and thus, shares most of its mechanical components with the latter. Powered by a 3.6L V6 engine the enclave has quite enough grunt to keep you satisfied.

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Pros

Lots of space inside the car

Very nice and quiet interior

Cons

Advanced safety features only on top trims

Thirsty V6 engines

What's New?

The three-row SUV has been here for a few years now and has been receiving updates through the year

For the 2021 model, there are very few tweaks with the Premium and Avenir models getting a power lumbar system and massage feature in the front seats

The two top models also receive driver-assistance features like automated emergency braking and lane assist as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41195

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

223 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

266 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

204.3 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4359 lbs.

ground clearance

7.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

97.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1814 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Preferred$41,195 onwards

Essence$43,195 onwards

Premium$49,595 onwards

Avenir$54,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Buick Enclave in Black Cherry Metallic color
Black Cherry Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.9

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.6

Exterior

7.3

Safety

4.0

Competition

9.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The Buick Enclave starts at a price of $41,195 for the base Preferred trim and goes all the way to $57,195 for the fully loaded Avenir trim which is affordable in comparison to the European counterparts. The Enclave goes up against the likes of the Subaru Ascent, Chevrolet Traverse, and the Mazda CX-9.

2021 Buick Enclave SUV front angle view
2021 Buick Enclave SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

7.3/10
Exterior

4.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Buick Enclave Features

The Buick Enclave is offered in four trims starting at $41,195 is the base variant named Preferred and the top end fully loaded Avenir trim is priced at $54,995.The base model itself sufficiently equipped and is suitable for a daily driver or to drive along well, however, the top trims are just even better as they are the most loaded with the features relating to safety and driving assists.

Trim

Preferred

Essence

Premium 

Avenir 

MSRP (FWD)

$41,195

$43,195

$49,595

$54,995

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Key Features

  • 10 Speaker Bose performance-enhanced Premium Audio System
  • 18" painted Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Folding Rear Bench Seat
  • Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Parking Assist
  • Rear Air Conditioning w/ Separate Controls
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Second Row Captain's Chairs
  • Ventilated Front Seats

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

  • Blind Spot Collision Warning w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Cruise Control
  • In-Vehicle Air Ionizer
  • Lane Change Alert w/ Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Leather-Appointed Seats
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Sport Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

In addition to or replaces Preferred trim features with:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • HD Surround Vision Camera
  • Navigation System
  • Perforated Leather upholstered Seats
  • Power Moonroof w/ Rear Fixed Skylight
  • Rear Camera Mirrors
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

  • 17" all-season Blackwall tires
  • 20" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 3 Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot Capable
  • 8" Touch-Screen w/ Apple Carplay Compatibility
  • Heated Front Seats
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start System

Which Trim should you buy?

The car is not too expensive and considering the price point the top-end Avenir trim is available at $55,000 might as well choose a model that has all the luxuries. The power figures do not change across the trims it is only the number of features and the options that change also the number of safety features is higher in the higher-end model. 

2021 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Buick Enclave is powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that churns out a good 310 hp and a strong 233 nm torque. The Enclave accelerates the fastest from 0-60 and also is the fastest on a quarter-mile, however, the top speed is 120mph. This is a great saying as it does get really really intoxicating to put the power down on the road while driving such a huge car is a really great feeling.

 2021 Buick Enclave SUV in acceleration mode

Models

2021 Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Traverse

Mazda CX-9

Subaru Ascent

MSRP

$56,300

$53400

$43180

$24,340

Engine

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.5L Turbo I-4

2.4L Flat-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

310@ 6,800

310 @ 6800

227 @ 5,000

260 @5500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

266 @ 2800

266 @ 2800 

310 @ 2000

277 @ 1500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.5

6.9

7.1

7.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.1

15.5

15.5

15.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

120

130

130

130

The Travers and the Enclave share all the mechanical components but the traverse accelerates slower yet has a better top speed. The Mazda and the Subaru have smaller engines and two cylinders less but still are as fast as the Traverse while putting out less horsepower.

How well does the Buick Enclave handle?

The Enclave is a car that prioritizes Comfort over dynamics, that being said this car is not the best handling one while cornering at high speeds as there will be excess body roll. The option of a twin-clutch AWD helps dampen that a bit better and more stable. The feedback from the steering, brakes and the suspension is just great.

Maybe the car might not be as precise as a Porsche, or as fun as the Mazda but this is a car that sets a standard for all big road-going cars with that sweet feedback and feeling from the steering wheel the suspensions to react properly to the road’s surface and makes you feel what you are driving on while keeping you comfortable.

 2021 Buick Enclave Braking Performance

The Buick Enclave is built as a family car from the ground up and as mentioned in the handling the feedback from the brakes is just great. There is no fuss with the braking having to be too good or too bad but has a sweet spot for the road. The feedback from the brakes is said to be a really good point of this car and it does prove to be, the car makes the most use of the brakes it has been given and makes them work really well

Models

2021 Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Traverse

Mazda CX-9

Subaru Ascent

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.64

12.6

13.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

12.4

12.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

4359

4362

4225

4477

60-0 (feet)

134

126

123

117

The Subaru is just astonishing with its braking prowess, it is clearly the heaviest car here and yet stops earliest thanks to the 13-inch brake rotors in the front and rear. It has the largest brakes out of the four here. The Buick’s braking could have been made better as the Traverse and cx-9 to perform better comparing these side by side makes the Buick look terrible.

2021 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The Buick Enclave is a big car and uses a big V6 engine too, none of this sum up to efficiency. Though this was built as a family car from the ground up this is not friendly to the family in terms of thirst and we can see that. In fact, we all know any car with a v6 engine is not very efficient but this is a tad bit worse than the other v6 engines.

Models

2021 Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Traverse

Mazda CX-9

Subaru Ascent

MPG (City)

17

17

20

21

MPG (Highway)

25

25

26

27

MPG (Combined)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.4

19.4

19.5

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

       

The Buick could have been called hopeless if the traverse was not here to match those mileage figures the Ascent returns the most mileage and the CX-9 closely follows it, these to have smaller engines but the Mazda produces power a bit close to the Buick and faster and the Subaru is the same case too.

2021 Buick Enclave Interior

8.6/10

The Buick Enclave seems to be unchanged from the previous model except for the addition of a few new features across the trims and a few driver assists for the top two trims. The Enclave this year is a bit simple yet has a flavor of luxury and makes us feel good when inside it.

 2021 Buick Enclave SUV cockpit area

Models

2021 Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Traverse

Mazda CX-9

Subaru Ascent

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41/62.4/41.2

41.3/62.1/41

39.3/57.9/41

41.3/61.1/42.2

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.9/41.7/38.9

40/62.2/38.4

38.5/58.1/39.4

40/60.3/38.6

last Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A/57.3/33.5

N/A/57.5/33.5

N/A/53.1/29.7

N/A/57.2/31.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

57.3

57.5

53.1

57.2

The Chevrolet Traverse and the Subaru Ascent can seat 8 members and carry more goods, both these cars offer the highest cargo space and have a lot of space inside. The Mazda is the smallest in terms of interior measurements, offering the least amount of cargo space at 53.1” the Mazda is not too practical or helpful to haul luggage as well and the best way to carry adequate cargo is folding down seats and limiting the passenger capacity. The other features of the interior are:

  • multi-level heating driver seat, height-adjustable driver seat, 8 -way power driver seat
  • Automatic dual-zone front air conditioning with separate controls for the rear
  • Illuminated passenger and driver vanity mirror
  • Day/Night auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather dashboard

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The new feature for 2021 is the IntelliLink Infotainment system from GM it has an 8’ responsive touchscreen with a bright and good screen quality. This has all the basic features like USB ports and charging ports in the top trim. This also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, etc. the base trim is given a six-speaker system but the higher-end models are treated with Bose audio systems.

 2021 Buick Enclave SUV infotainment screen

Some of the highlights are:

  • Bluetooth
  • 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • HD Radio
  • 10-speaker Bose premium audio system

2021 Buick Enclave Exterior

7.3/10

This is a big family car that can accommodate 7 and be comfortable and so will have big dimensions. This car does not look too flashy or gaudy when put in comparison to the rivals but does manage to make its own statement. The lines and the curves of the car appear to be well done and the ar is given a premium feel while it is at a much lesser price point than that. It can be said to be one of the best and modern looking cars among its competition.

 2021 Buick Enclave SUV 

Models

2021 Buick Enclave

Chevrolet Traverse

Mazda CX-9

Subaru Ascent

Curb Weight (lb)

4359

4362

4225

4477

Length (inches)

204.3

204.3

185.8

196.8

Width (inches)

78.8

78.6

77.5

76

Height (inches)

49.9

70.7

67.3

71.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.7

7.2

8.8

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

120.9

120.9

105.1

113.8

The Subaru is the heaviest while the Traverse seems to have bigger dimensions than the Buick, the Ascent is the tallest car here standing at 71.6 inches while the Buick is just 49.9 inches. The Cx-9 will handle well thanks to its short wheelbase and has the most ground clearance. The highlight features of the exterior would be:

  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Chrome handles
  • Galvanized steel Body
  • Dual Stainless-steel Exhaust
  • Chrome Exhaust tip
  • Chrome exhaust pipe.

2021 Buick Enclave Safety

4.0/10

The Buick Enclave is at its safest in the top trims, but that does not mean the lower trims lack safety. The top trims are feature-loaded. Buick to tackle some serious competition for the enclave and one of them is from within the family. The three other cars are very well proven for safety and the Subaru’s braking is top class. The Buick had the most terrible braking performance in the competition. This is a place where the honor can be reclaimed.

  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Assist
  • StabiliTrak -Electronic Traction Control
  • Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Surround View Camera System
  • Safety Seat Alert

2021 Buick Enclave Competition

9.0/10

2021 Buick Enclave vs Chevrolet Traverse

There is not much to differentiate between the Enclave and the Traverse. Both cars are the same and from GM. They share all the mechanical components but differ only on how they look even though they have the same dimensions.

Chevrolet Traverse

2021 Buick Enclave vs Mazda CX-9

The Mazda is the only car that nears the acceleration of the Buick but while the Enclave is more of comfort the CX-9 is a bit inclined towards fun. Yet, The downside remains the car’s weight and the power that Enclave bests the Mazda here and offers more space too. The Mazda is a fun car and there is no denying that but is at the same time very less practical and the word make do will aptly suit this car well.

Mazda CX-9

2021 Buick Enclave vs Subaru Ascent

The Ascent just puts the Enclave to shame by blitzing them all in the braking performance while the Enclave proves its superiority everywhere else. The Subaru is very well the heavy car here and though affordable this is not always the most practical car. especially when there is a need for power but there isn’t any.

Subaru Ascent

 

2021 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

The Buick Enclave is a very respectable buy. The car is a premium offering at a very low price point both comfortable and practical. The thirst for traveling in luxury can be well satisfied by this. There is body roll in case of violent turnings because of the soft suspension setup to travel in comfort and style. 

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