Buick Enclave is one of those aged SUVs that simply refuses to perish. The grey-haired lineup is back with the 2017 Buick Enclave SUV that still challenges newcomers in the SUV segment. In a time where crossover SUVs are the hype, Enclave stubbornly stays and continues gaining customer attraction.
2017 Buick Enclave features a 3.6L 6-cylinder engine under its hood. The capable engine produces 310 hp of power and 288 lb.-ft. of torque, both of which are maximum among its class rivals. Enclave relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for switching between different gears.
Acura MDX, Kia Sorrento, and Nissan Murano are prime competitors to the 2017 Buick Enclave. Each of them has a slightly smaller engine at their disposal. Yet, they offer a better 0-60 MPH acceleration than the Enclave. 2017 Buick Enclave leads the SUV battle with spacious seating, remarkable cargo capacity, and an excellent towing capacity.
2017 Buick Enclave SUV makes up for a solid preference for potential premium SUV buyers. Even though low on fuel economy, the 7-seater provides an airy and comfortable experience on the road.
5.9/10 Fuel Economy
2017 Buick Enclave Features
Convenience, Leather, and Premium are the 3 trims available of the 2017 Buick Enclave. Each trim comes with a forward-wheel-drive system. An optional all-wheel-drive upgrade is available in Leather and Premium trims. The upgrade is available at the expense of an additional $2k. Pricing options for Convenience, Leather, and Premium trim starts from $39,065, $43,765, and $47,625, in the respective order.
19-inch alloy wheels
Plus 19-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels
Heated front seats
Automatic xenon headlights
Eight-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat
Heated side mirrors
Power-folding mirrors (with auto-dimming on the driver side)
Heated steering wheel
Rear privacy glass
Forward collision alert
Driver memory settings
Lane departure warning
Blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
Rear parking sensors
Ventilated front seats
Remote engine start
Power-adjustable steering column
Tri-zone automatic climate control
Eight-way power driver seat (plus two-way lumbar adjustment)
Convenience trim comes with standard 19-inch alloy wheels and heated side mirrors. Moreover, it flaunts an eight-way power driver seat and a power liftgate. The leather trim comes with a leather upholstery as standard. It also flaunts a heated steering wheel and a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert. Premium is the high-end trim. It features plus 19-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system as standard.
2017 Buick Enclave Engine
"Around town, the 2017 Buick Enclave generally feels like the big, substantial vehicle it is. Maneuvering in tight parking lots can be a challenge, especially because of the hampered rear visibility. On the highway, though, the Enclave excels thanks to its smooth ride and library-quiet cabin.- Edmunds"
A 3.6L 6-cylinder engine is complemented by a 6-speed automatic transmission mode in the 2017 Buick Enclave. The engine delivers an impressive 310 hp in addition to 288 lb.-ft. of torque. Nissan Murano offers the least engine power of 260 hp as well as the torque of 240 lb.-ft. in the competition.
3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6
3.3L DOHC GDI V6
Both the Acura MDX and Kia Sorrento delivers 290 horsepower. Like the Buick Enclave, Kia Sorrento features a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. While Acura MDX flaunts a 9-speed automatic transmission mode, Nissan Murano supports a responsive automatic CVT mode.
A mighty engine doesn\u2019t guarantee acceleration. This is true in the case of the 2017 Buick Enclave, which takes 7.9 seconds for hitting the 60 MPH mark. All its class rivals are better at 0-60 MPH acceleration. Acura MDX is the quickest of them all, requiring mere 6.2 seconds.
(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
For covering a quarter-mile, 2017 Buick Enclave requires 16.3 seconds. This is better than the 16.8 seconds required by the Kia Sorrento. Nissan Murano covers a quarter-mile in 16 seconds, while Acura MDX takes only 14.7 seconds for doing the same.
Ride and Handling
While front-wheel-drive comes standard with the 2017 Buick Enclave, option for upgrading to all-wheel-drive is available. The ride flaunts a responsive handling complemented by a robust braking system. Enclave is completely quiet on the inside. The suspension system is good and disallows jolts to make their way to the cabin.
For those living in locations with cold weather, options for heated seats and the heated steering wheel is available. 2017 Buick Enclave supports a robust steering and has a firm grip on the ground. The ride is average around turns and offers comfortable on both short trips and long highway cruises.
Considering the hefty 4359 lbs. of curb weight, 2017 Buick Enclave has an appreciable braking system. It has a bigger rear brake. In fact, it flaunts to have the biggest brakes in the competition. Front and rear brake for the 2017 Buick Enclave measures 12.8 and 13 inches, respectively.
60-0 MPH (ft.)
In emergency scenarios, the ride is able to come to a full halt at a distance of 134 feet, when decelerated continually from 60 MPH. Nissan Murano offers the best halting distance of 122 feet.
Maximum Towing capacity
Buick Enclave has an excellent towing capacity of 4500 lbs. There are no towing options available with the Acura MDX as well as the Nissan Murano. Kia Sorrento, on the other hand, offers a respectable towing capacity of 3500 lbs.
2017 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy
There isn't anything impressive about the Buick Enclave in the mileage section. The ride delivers 18 mpg in cities, 26 mpg on highways, and 21 mpg overall. This is better than 20 mpg offered by the Kia Sorrento.
Acura MDX offers a slightly better combined fuel economy of 22 mpg. However, it is the Nissan Murano that offers the best combined fuel economy of 24 mpg in the segment. The ride offers 21 mpg in cities and 28 mpg on highways.
2017 Buick Enclave Interior
Seating and Comfort
Like its major 3-seater rivals, 2017 Buick Enclave is capable of accommodating up to 7. Unlike Acura MDX and Kia Sorrento, Nissan Murano accommodates only 5 somebodies. Nissan Murano also has the least spacious seating in the segment. Acura MDX and Kia Sorrento, on the contrary, gives a decent competition to the 2017 Buick Enclave SUV.
With 41 and 41.2 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively, in the front, Enclave tops the front headroom chart. Acura MDX and Kia Sorrento offer the most lucrative front headroom options with 41.4 and 44.1 inches, respectively. Nonetheless, Buick Enclave emerges out as a victor with winning the spaces in both second and third row.
2017 Buick Enclave comes with IntelliLink infotainment system flaunting a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The system is intuitive and supports voice recognition. The infotainment system offers satellite radio, MP3, and aux-in.
Additionally, 3 USB ports are available with the infotainment system for connecting your device or for simply charging it. The IntelliLink infotainment system in 2017 Buick Enclave comes bundled with 3 months/3 GB of free Wi-Fi. The infotainment system also supports Bluetooth for connectivity.
There are several desirable aspects of the 2017 Buick Enclave interiors, including:
An underfloor storage system in the cargo area
Inbuilt Wi-Fi hotspot
Roomy cabin and interiors
Remote start system
Heated steering wheel [Optional]
Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel [Optional]
2017 Buick Enclave has an excellent cargo capacity. The ride offers 23.6 cubic feet of behind 3rd-row space. This is better than that offered by the Acura MDX and Kia Sorrento. However, Nissan Murano offers 31.1 cubic feet of the same space. However, the 2017 avatar of the Buick Enclave leads the pack in both behind 2nd row folded and behind 1st-row cargo capacities. The ride offers 58 and 97.6 cubic feet of the respective spaces.
Behind 3nd row (ft.cube)
behind 2nd row folded (ft.cube)
Behind 1st row (ft.cube)
2017 Buick Enclave Exterior
"The 2017 Buick Enclave is larger than most of its 3-row crossover-SUV rivals. At nearly 202 inches it has significant road presence. The Buick's exterior lines are rounded and handsome overall, though not everyone will favor its hump-like rear. - Kelley Blue Book"
Dimension and Weight
The 2017 incarnation of the Buick Enclave flaunts a giant build. It has a length, width, the height of 204.3, 78.8, and 69.6 inches of length, width, and height, respectively. All of these are the maximum among its class rivals. On the contrary, Kia Sorrento has the least dimensions in the segment.
Track width(in) F/R
2017 Buick Enclave has an impressive ground clearance of 7.7 inches. Kia Sorrento is slightly behind with 7.3 inches of the same. Ground clearance for Nissan Murano and Acura MDX are 6.9 and 5.6 inches, respectively. Wheelbase for Enclave is 120.9 inches. Once again, maximum amongst the competition.
The excellent sweeping exterior lines flaunted by Buick Enclave are simply alluring. Even though belonging to a grey-haired car lineup, 2017 Buick Enclave boasts an exterior that is fresh and breathing. On the outside, the ride flaunts:
Backup rear camera
Effectual power liftgate
Heated side mirrors
Power Moonroof [Optional]
Rear parking sensors
Satin black grille and wheels upgrade [Available on the Optional Sport Touring Edition package
2017 Buick Enclave Safety
The 2017 incarnation of the Buick Enclave flaunts a super safety scorecard. The ride has good IIHS ratings and excellent NHTSA ratings. The ride is rated a "4-star"rating for roll over and "5-star" for all other NHTSA parameters.
There are a number of great standard safety and security features available with the 2017 Buick Enclave. The ride comes with a responsive airbag system as well as the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. Other important features include Teen Driver and Rear Seat Reminder.
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.
Air bag system.
Rear Vision Camera.
Child security rear door locks.
Passenger Sensing System.
Rear seat reminder.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side
Overall Side Star Rating
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings Front Seat
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings Rear Seat
Side Barrier Driver Side
Side Barrier Rear Passenger
Small overlap front driver side
Moderate overlap fronnt
Head restraints & seats
Crash Avoidance and Mitigation
Frontal crash prevention
2017 Buick Enclave Competition
Acura MDX vs Buick Enclave
One of the major competitors to the 2017 Buick Enclave SUV is the Acura MDX. The ride packs a 3.5L 6-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 290 hp of power and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, Acura MDX makes use of a 9-speed automatic transmission mode.
Acura MDX is the strongest performer in the league with a 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 6.2 seconds. The ride covers a quarter-mile in just 14.7 seconds. Supporting a curb weight of 4001 lbs., the ride comes to a full halt in just 123 feet when decelerated continuously from 60 MPH.
Kia Sorrento vs Buick Enclave
Pricing options for the Kia Sorrento start from $44,100. Hence, it is the ride with the most expensive opening bid among its class rivals. Sorrento flaunts a 3.3L DOHC GDI V6 engine, able to produce 290 hp of power and 252 lb.-ft. of torque.
Though the ride accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.3 seconds, it covers a quarter-mile in just 16.8 seconds. Kia Sorrento has a terrible braking power. The ride, even though having a curb weight of 3968 lbs., comes to a complete halt in 132 feet when decelerated continuously from 60 MPH.
Nissan Murano vs Buick Enclave
A 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine is complemented by a CVT mode in Nissan Murano. The ride has 260 hp of power and 240 lb.-ft. of torque to spare. Nissan Murano has an opening bid of $41,120. The ride accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds. However, it covers a quarter-mile in 16 seconds.
Nissan Murano offers a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg, best in the class. The ride flaunts a ground clearance and wheelbase of 6.9 and 111.2 inches, respectively. Unlike its class rivals, the Murano is capable of accommodating a total of 5 persons only.
2017 Buick Enclave Final Verdict
2017 Buick Enclave SUV makes up for a solid preference for potential premium SUV buyers. Even though low on fuel economy, the 7-seater provides an airy and comfortable experience on the road. Thanks to its 7.7 inches of ground clearance, the ride can flaunt some casual off-road capability too.
Enclave offers lavish insides and stylish outsides. Adding a smooth shifting transmission and a powerful safety feature list to that, simply makes the 2017 Buick Enclave SUV lucrative enough to go for. Though the ride is hefty and a little under-powered, the ride experience is classic and comfortable, the entire way.