2019 Buick Enclave

#23
in Midsize SUVs
2019 MODEL
$40,000 - $55,800 See Inventory Prices

8.3

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The 2019 Buick Enclave is an answer to its competitors in the midsize segment. This latest iteration is similar to the previous generation model but has some minor updates to offer. It has some great features which makes this a desirable car. Buick has given an option to choose from either front-wheel drive variant which is standard or all-wheel drive variants in all the trims except the standard trim.

Buick offers a very quiet and comfortable ride along with spacious interiors which can seat 7 passengers. This SUV is one of the biggest in its class with much room for cargo if the last 2 rows are folded down. The main reason to buy this car is the number of standard features bundled with it. Even the standard trim comes with keyless entry, push-button start to name a few. This car is for those who want a comfortable ride with spacious interiors and comes with a ton of advanced features.

Following the latest trend of creating sequels, Buick has introduced its latest iteration of its midsize SUV Enclave making this model well over a decade old player in the industry. The 2019 Buick Enclave is a definite answer to its competitors in its segment.

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Pros

Spacious and comfortable interiors

Lots of in-cabin and boot space

Plenty of standard features available

Smooth ride

Cons

Interior feels keenly priced due to some plastic highlights

Interior feels less exciting and bland

Topmost trim has more safety features

What's New?

Base trim comes with the new front wheel drive


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 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

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

37.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

38.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

504.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 Buick Enclave in Black Cherry Metallic color  2019 Buick Enclave in Dark Slate Metallic color  2019 Buick Enclave in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2019 Buick Enclave in Havana Metallic color  2019 Buick Enclave in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2019 Buick Enclave in White Frost Tricoat 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

Engine

8.0

Interior

8.6

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 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 mpg/21/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7   Dark Slate Metallic
  Red Quartz Tintcoat
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Summit White
  Pepperdust Metallic
  White Frost Tricoat

 2019 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 mpg/21/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $44,000 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2019 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 mpg/21/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $50,400 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2019 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 mpg/21/26 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 7
Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $55,800 MSRP (17 mpg/20/25 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

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7.8/10

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MPG: 28 combined

2019 Buick Regal
7.9/10

Engine: 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 26 combined

2018 Buick Enclave
7.7/10

Engine: 310 hp @ 6800 rpm3.6V6

MPG: 20 combined

2018 Buick Regal TourX Wagon
8.0/10

Engine: 250 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 24 combined

2019 Buick Envision
7.8/10

Engine: 197 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L I-4

MPG: 25 combined

2019 Buick Regal GS Sportback
7.9/10

Engine: 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L V-6

MPG: 22 combined

2017 Buick Verano
7.9/10

Engine: 180 hp @ 6700 rpm, 2.4 L I4

MPG: 24 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

8.3

Overall Rating


8.0/10
Engine

 

8.6/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The latest model is similar to its predecessor but has some minor updates to offer. Since its introduction, the Buick Enclave has served the masses in an impressive manner for a decade and with the introduction of the new generation model, Buick wants to continue with the tradition of being the ‘choice of masses’. This time the Buick has introduced the front wheel drive in the preferred trim. The 2019 Buick enclave gives the rider a comfortable ride along with spacious interiors. The cabin feels really quiet which helps the rider in maintaining focus on the road. Let’s find out if the 2019 Buick Enclave can give a tough competition to its competitors.

2019 Buick Enclave Engine

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 2019 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

2019 Buick Enclave Interior

8.6/10

Interior materials in the 2019 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

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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 2019 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

2019 Buick Enclave Features

The 2019 Buick Enclave is available in 4 variants, i:e. Preferred, Essence, Premium and Avenir. The new Enclave has a base price of $40,000 and goes up to $53,500 for the top variant. It is powered by a 310hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

The Preferred trim is the only variant that comes with the front wheel drive option while the remaining 3 variants have an option to choose between either front or all-wheel drive. The second variant, Essence comes with standard features bundled with some additional safety features. The third variant, Premium comes bundled with more safety and luxury features. Finally the topmost trim, Avenir offers all the features at par with its rivals.

Trim

Standard

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

The base variant offers many features which would make many buyers satisfied. The higher trims offer some additional features ranging from additional safety features to more premium features.

We recommend – To get the most out your money, we recommend the premium variant as it offers some great 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.

2019 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

2019 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 2019 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 2019 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

2019 Buick Enclave Safety

Some safety features of the 2019 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

2019 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.

2019 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 2019 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.