2017 Buick Enclave

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2017 MODEL
$39,065 - $49,625 See Inventory Prices

7.0

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2017 Buick Enclave Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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.

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39065

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu. in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

201.9 in.

width

79 in.

height

70.3 in.

curb weight

4724 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

23.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1687 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

166 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

484 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

 2017 Buick Enclave in Crimson Red Tintcoat color  2017 Buick Enclave in Dark Chocolate Metallic color  2017 Buick Enclave in Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 Buick Enclave in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2017 Buick Enclave in Iridium Metallic color  2017 Buick Enclave in Quicksilver Metallic color  2017 Buick Enclave in Sparkling Silver Metallic color  2017 Buick Enclave in Summit White color
Crimson Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

6.6

Fuel Economy

5.9

Interior

6.6

Exterior

7.4

Safety

6.6

Comfort

8.1

Driving

7.3

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Buick Enclave Convenience

Convenience

power
288 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$39,065


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Convenience Group 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $39,065 MSRP (15/18/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7

 2017 Buick Enclave Leather

Leather

power
288 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$43,765 - $45,765


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Leather Group 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $43,765 MSRP (15/18/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
Leather Group 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $45,765 MSRP (15/17/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2017 Buick Enclave Premium

Premium

power
288 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$47,625 - $49,625


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Group 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $47,625 MSRP (15/18/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
Premium Group 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $49,625 MSRP (15/17/22) 288 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

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2018 Buick Enclave
7.7/10

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MPG: 20 combined

2019 Buick Enclave
8.3/10

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

MPG: 21 combined

2019 Buick Encore
7.8/10

Engine: 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 28 combined

2019 Buick Regal
7.9/10

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

MPG: 26 combined

2018 Buick Regal TourX Wagon
7.8/10

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 September 26, 2018

7.0

Overall Rating


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.


7.6/10
Features

 

6.6/10
Engine

 

5.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.6/10
Interior

 

7.4/10
Exterior

 

6.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Buick Enclave Features

7.6/10

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.

Trim Leather Convenience Premium
MSRP

(FWD)

$43,765 $39,065 $47,625
MSRP

(AWD)

$45,765 NA $49,625
Key Features  Leather upholstery 19-inch alloy wheels Plus 19-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels
  Heated front seats Automatic xenon headlights Adaptive 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 Power liftgate  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 Navigation system 
    Eight-way power driver seat (plus two-way lumbar adjustment) 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system 
    Two-way power front passenger seat  
    Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel  
    Cruise control  
 

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror   

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

6.6/10
"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.

Models Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
MSRP $39,065 $44,050 $41,210 $44,100
Engine 3.6L 6cyl 3.5L 6cyl 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6 3.3L DOHC GDI V6
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic CVT Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Power 310 hp 290 hp 260 hp 290 hp
Torque 288 lb-ft 267 lb-ft 240 lb-ft 252 lb-ft

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.

Acceleration

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.

Models Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec 6.2 sec 7.5 sec 7.3 sec
Quarter mile 16.3 sec 14.7 sec 16.0 sec 16.8 sec
Engine 3.6L V6 3.5L 3.5L V6 3.3L V6
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4 8.0 7.3 8.8

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.

Braking

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.

Model Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
Brake Front(in) 12.8 12.6 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear(in) 13.0 13.0 12.1 12.0
Curb weight(lbs) 4359 4,001 4017 3968
60-0 MPH (ft.) 134 123 122 132

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

Model Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
Weight (lbs) 4500 NA N/A 3500

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

5.9/10

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.

Model Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
MPG (city) 18 19 21 18
MPG (highway) 26 27 28 25
MPG (combined) 21 22 24 20

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

6.6/10

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.

Model Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
Passenger capacity 7 7 5 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.0/62.4/41.2 38.1/61.1/41.4 38.1/59.5/40.5 39.5/59.1/44.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.7/61.7/38.9 38.3/59.1/38.5 37.8/58.8/38.7 39.3/58.0/39.4
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.6/57.3/33.5 35.6/54.7/28.1 N/A 36.3/52.8/31.7

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.

Infotainment System

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]

Cargo Capacity

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.

Model Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
Behind 3nd row (ft.cube) 23.6 15.8 31.1 11.3
behind 2nd row folded (ft.cube) 58.0 43.4 31.1 38.0
Behind 1st row (ft.cube) 97.6 90.9 65.0 73.0

2017 Buick Enclave Exterior

7.4/10
"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.

Model Buick Enclave Acura MDX Nissan Murano Kia Sorrento
Curb weight(lbs) 4359 4001 4017 3968
Length(in) 204.3 196.2 192.4 187.4
Width(in) 78.8 77.8 75.4 74.4
Height(in) 69.6 67.4 66.6 66.3
Ground clearance(in) 7.7 5.6 6.9 7.3
Wheelbase(in) 120.9 111.0 111.2 109.4
Track width(in) F/R 67.3/67.0 66.3/66.3 64.6/64.6 64.1/64.5

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

6.6/10

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.

Safety Features

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.
  • Air bag system.
  • Rear Vision Camera.
  • Child security rear door locks.
  • Passenger Sensing System.
  • Rear seat reminder.
  • LATCH System. 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  • Horn, dual-note.

NHSTA Ratings

Overall rating 5 star
Frontal crash 5 star
Front Driver Side 5 star
Front Passenger Side 5 star
Overall Side Star Rating 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings Front Seat 5 star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings Rear Seat 5 star
Side Barrier Driver Side 5 star
Side Barrier Rear Passenger 5 star
Roll over 4star

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness  
Small overlap front driver side Good
Moderate overlap fronnt Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Avoidance and Mitigation  
Frontal crash prevention Basic
LATCH Acceptable

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.