2016 Buick Enclave

MSRP $39,065

Ranked #8 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2016 Buick Enclave Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 22, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Buick Enclave received its last major update in 2013 and since then the company has been a bit slow in bringing any big changes. On the same lines, this year too the Buick Enclave comes with minimal changes except for a few features added and some optional features entering the standard feature list. The Enclave is powered by an aging V8 engine that is neither quick nor delivers good gas mileage. 

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Cushy ride quality

Generous cargo space

High on safety

Cons

Cumbersome to handle

Subpar gas mileage

Underpowered engine

What's New?

19-inch alloy wheels are now standard on the Buick Enclave.

4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi is now standard.

Three new exterior colors have been added to the color palette.

All-new Tuscan Edition available that includes bigger wheels and bronze-color exterior accents.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39065

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

117 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

201.9 in.

width

79 in.

height

71.7 in.

curb weight

4724 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

115.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

4500 lbs.

payload capacity

1687 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

537.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Convenience$39,065 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Buick Enclave in Crimson Red Tintcoat color
Crimson Red Tintcoat

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

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.2

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The Enclave starts at $39,065 and for the price just shy of forty grand the Enclave does get a luxurious and upscale interior. The cabin is spacious and the cargo area is accommodative. The safety ratings of Enclave are also the best among its rivals. Speaking of rivals, the 2016 Enclave competes with Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and GMC Acadia.


8.5/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety


2016 Buick Enclave Features

8.5/10

The Enclave is a bit more upscale than its competitors with one of the larger cabins in this particular segment of crossover SUVs. The 2016 Buick Enclave is offered in three trims Convenience, Leather, and top-of-the-line Premium. The base convenience starts at $39,065 and comes only in a front-wheel-drive configuration. The more pricey Leather and premium trim can be configured with all-wheel drive with a premium of $2,000.

Trims

Convenience

Leather

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$39,065

$43,660

$47,515

MSRP (AWD)

-

$45,660

$49,515

Key Features

19-inch wheels

Adds or upgrades to ‘Convenience’

Adds or upgrades to ‘Leather’

 

Automatic xenon headlights

Leather upholstery

Chrome-clad wheels

 

Rear privacy glass

Heated front seats

Forward collision alert

 

Power lift-gate

Eight-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat

Lane departure warning

 

Heated mirrors

Heated steering wheel

Power-adjustable steering column

 

Rear parking sensors

Driver memory settings

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

Remote start

A blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

10-speaker Bose sound system

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

Adaptive headlights

 

Eight-way power driver seat (plus two-way lumbar adjustment)

 

 

 

Two-way power passenger seat

 

 

 

Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

 

 

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

 

We Recommend

The Buick Enclave is already a pricey vehicle, so we suggest sticking to the base Convenience trim that offers a boat-load of features like power-adjustable seats, tri-zone climate control, automatic xenon headlights, and 19-inch wheels as standard. All at a price that is below forty grands.

2016 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The 2016 Buick Enclave packs in a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 engine under the hood that produces an output of 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. All the power is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels as standard while the AWD configuration is available on all but the base trim. 

The power delivery from the motor is smooth with linear acceleration which further enhances the land-yacht-like ride quality of the Enclave. Although the Enclave is a slouch and takes a lousy 7.9 seconds to go from 0-60 mph and another 8.4 seconds to cover the quarter-mile. In terms of braking, the performance of the Enclave is astonishing as it takes just 118 feet to brake from 60-0 mph.

Models

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

2016 GMC Acadia

MSRP

$39,065

$30,345

$31,050

$30,975

Engine

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6- speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6- speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

270 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

262 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

255 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

266 ft-lbs @ 3400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.9 sec

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

16.3 sec

14.8 sec

14.6 sec

15.3 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

118 MPH

128 MPH

127 MPH

126 MPH

All the crossovers in this comparison come with a V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox with the Ford Explorer producing the highest 290 hp of power and Enclave churning out the highest torque of 270 lb-ft. The Honda Pilot clocks the fastest 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds while the Ford Explorer covers the quickest quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds. 

2016 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The fuel efficiency of the Buick Enclave is not the best in the business but considering its curb weight we can cut some slack to the Enclave here. The EPA has rated the 2016 Enclave to return a fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city, 22 on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. The AWD Enclave sees a drop of 2 mpg on the highway. The fuel tank capacity of the Enclave is 22 gallons, which is adequate to go on long drives without worrying about running out of gas.

Models

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

2016 GMC Acadia

MPG (city)

15

18

17

15

MPG (highway)

22

26

24

22

MPG (combined)

18

21

20

18

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

22.0

19.5

18.6

22.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

330/ 484/ 396

351/ 507/ 409

316/ 446/ 372

330/ 484/ 396

As compared to its rivals the Enclave doesn't impress as much in the mileage department. Among them, the Honda Pilot manages a stellar 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Even though the Pilot comes with a smaller fuel tank of 19.5-gallon but since it returns 3 mpg more in the city and 4 mpg more on the highway compared to the Enclave, the Pilot offers a longer range from a full tank of gas.

2016 Buick Enclave Interior

8.2/10

Step inside the 2016 Buick Enclave and you will behold the sight of a well-sculpted dash that nicely amalgamates the infotainment and the AC vents in the center. The material used is nice to touch and feel with rarely any hard touch plastic around the prominent places. Ingress and egress from the Enclave is a breeze courtesy of the wide opening doors and lower the seating height. 

The Enclave can seat up to eight people with a second-row bench seat and seven people with the captain's chair in the second row. The Enclave has one of the most spacious and comfortable cabins in the segment with the premium build quality. The seats are well-bolstered and offer good support. While being a crossover the cabin offers loads of practicality and flexibility to suit your needs.

Models

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

2016 GMC Acadia

Passenger capacity

7

8

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.4/ 61.6/ 41.3

40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9

41.4/ 61.5/ 42.9

40.3/ 61.6/ 41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Rear) (in.)

39.4/ 61.3/ 36.8

40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4

40.6/ 61.0/ 39.5

39.6/ 61.0/ 36.8

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

37.8/ 57.4/ 33.2

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

37.8/ 50.8/ 32.0

38.4/ 57.8/ 33.2

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu-ft.)

23.3

18.5

21.0

24.1

In terms of cabin space, the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia are similar to the umpteenth level although the GMC Acadia offers a higher 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space over the Buick Enclave’s 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space. As for the other two rivals, there is no clear-cut winner here as the Ford Explorer offers the best legroom space in all three rows while the best headroom and shoulder room is offered inside the Honda Pilot in all three rows. The Buick Enclave slots right in between the two in terms of head, shoulder, and legroom in all three rows. Key interior features include:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Two-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel column

How intuitive is the Buick Enclave’s infotainment system?

The standard infotainment on the 2016 Buick Enclave is the company’s IntelliLink interface that runs on a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Also bundled with this is the OnStar Telematics that adds 4G LTE, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth audio, and phone connectivity, etc. Other standard features include satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, etc. Key infotainment features include:

  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • OnStar Telematics
  • Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment interface
  • Available navigation
  • Available 10-speaker Bose sound system

2016 Buick Enclave Exterior

8.0/10

The Buick Enclave is one of the most uniquely designed crossover SUVs in terms of exterior looks. The whole body of the Enclave is full of smooth flowing lines that have aged quite well since it was last updated in 2013. The whole vehicle looks curvaceous and elegant from the front fascia with the waterfall grille to the clean rear fascia with rounded tail lamps that have chrome outlines. As standard, the Enclave rides on 19-inch rims that can be upsized to 20-inch rims. 

Models

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Ford Explorer

2016 GMC Acadia

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,724

4,220

4,443

4,656

Length (in.)

201.9

194.5

198.3

200.8

Width (in.)

79.0

78.6

78.9

78.9

Height (in.)

71.7

69.8

70.0

72.6

Ground clearance (in.)

7.6

7.3

7.8

7.6

Wheelbase (in)

118.9

111.0

112.8

118.9

In terms of dimension, the 2016 Buick Enclave is the longest, widest, and has the longest wheelbase. The GMC Acadia with 72.6-inches of height takes away the tallest crossover SUV badge from the Enclave while the Ford Explorer with 7.8-inches of ground clearance has the highest ground clearance that is 0.2-inches more than the Enclave’s ground clearance. Key exterior features include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • Sunroof

2016 Buick Enclave Safety

9.2/10

The Buick Enclave passed the crash test of both the agencies with flying colors. The NHTSA gave the Enclave a score of five out of five stars in the overall, front, and side crash test while the rollover test rating stood at four out of five stars. The IIHS on the other hand gave the 2016 Enclave the highest rating of ‘Good’ in all its parameters while the ease of use of LATCH was rated as the second-best ‘Acceptable’. Key safety features include:

  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Child security rear door locks
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Blindspot warning w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2016 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

If you can live with the sluggish acceleration and power delivery of the Buick Enclave then this is a perfect crossover SUV. It has a spacious cabin, a luxurious and well-appointed interior, acceptable fuel economy, and generous cargo capacity. As a family hauler and mile-muncher, the Buick Enclave makes for a perfect steed while if you are someone who can’t compromise on the performance then the Honda Pilot would entice you more over the Enclave.

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