2019 Buick Enclave

Rating8.2

Ranked #5 in Compact Suv

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$40,000 - $55,800

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Key Spec of 2019 Buick Enclave
fuel economy

18/21/26

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Composed and compliant ride quality

Fuel economy and range could have been better for its class

New base trim called Preferred

Upscale interior fit and finish

Advanced safety features limited to the higher models

Premium and Avenir trims now get a heated steering wheel as standard

Tons of tech and driver-assistance features

Plush and elegant design

2019 Buick Enclave Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Buick Enclave is a product of brand badging from General Motors and shares most of its components with its GM siblings such as the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia. Being the flagship SUV from Buick, the Enclave packs some adequate performance and features that are expected from it. The towing capacity is also amongst the best in the business, which further enhances the practicality of the SUV. 

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Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

8.00
8.00
7.10
8.60
8.00
9.20
6.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Compact Suv

#8 in Suv


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Trims

Preferred$40,000 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding third-row seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Led headlights
  • Power-Adjustable front seats
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Three-Zone automatic climate control

Essence$42,000 onwards

  • Cabin air ionization system
  • Leather seats

Premium$48,100 onwards

  • 10-Speaker premium Bose sound system
  • Driver-Seat memory settings
  • Front parking sensors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Lane departure warning
  • Ventilated seats

Avenir$53,500 onwards

  • Navigation system
  • Rearview mirror w/ integrated camera display
  • Sunroof
  • Wireless device charging pad

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2020 Buick Enclave
21
Price Drop, $200
Previous Price: $2898823 Jun 2022
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2020 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$28,788
Est. $390/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,612 Below market
RMV: $33,400
Delray Beach, FL
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2018 Buick Enclave
21
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $2800022 Jun 2022
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2018 Buick Enclave Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$27,500
Est. $373/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,278 Below market
RMV: $31,778
Bismarck, ND
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2018 Buick Enclave
1
Price Drop, $400
Previous Price: $2738714 Jun 2022

2018 Buick Enclave Premium

Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$26,987
Est. $366/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,171 Below market
RMV: $31,158
Madison, TN
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2018 Buick Enclave
20
Price Drop, $300
Previous Price: $3060207 Jan 2022

2018 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$30,302
Est. $411/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,594 Below market
RMV: $34,896
Elmhurst, IL
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2018 Buick Enclave
8
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $3197020 May 2022

2018 Buick Enclave Premium

Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$30,970
Est. $420/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,567 Below market
RMV: $35,537
Conneaut, OH
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2019 Buick Enclave
13
Price Drop, $997
Previous Price: $2998814 Jul 2021

2019 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$28,991
Est. $393/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,292 Below market
RMV: $33,283
Many, LA
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2018 Buick Enclave
16
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2018 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$30,995
Est. $420/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,601 Below market
RMV: $35,596
Totowa, NJ
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2018 Buick Enclave
23
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $2499503 Jun 2022
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2018 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$23,995
Est. $325/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,424 Below market
RMV: $27,419
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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2020 Buick Enclave
16
Price Drop, $834
Previous Price: $2882313 Jun 2022
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2020 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A)

$27,989
Est. $380/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,853 Below market
RMV: $31,842
Monroe, MI
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Colors and Styles

2019 Buick Enclave in Black Cherry Metallic color
Black Cherry Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

With an attractive pricing scheme and several trim levels to choose from, the Buick Enclave is one of the most attractive SUVs to come from General Motors, and for all the right reasons. The 2019 Buick Enclave is priced at $41,195 for the base trim level, and the prices go all the way up to $56,995 for the highest trim level option and offer a perfect midpoint between the affordable GMC and Chevrolet products and the more premium Cadillacs. The 2019 Buick Enclave competes with the Acura MDX, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and the Ford Explorer in the large SUV class.


Features

The Buick Enclave is available in 4 trim levels for the 2019 model year version in which the base ‘Preferred’ trim level is a new addition brought in to cater to a wider range of customers. The ‘Preferred’ trim is only available as an FWD car and has a wide range of standard features that can attract a lot of customers along with its price tag of $41,195. Trim levels like the ‘Premium AWD’ as well as the ‘Avenir’ are the ones that cost more than $50k and offer a lot more of the premium features from Buick.

Trim

Preferred

Essence

Premium

Avenir

MSRP (FWD)

$41,195

$43,195

$49,295

$54,695

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$45,195

$51,595

$56,995

Key Features

8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display

Adds to Preferred-

Adds to Essence-

Adds to Premium-

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Leather upholstered first and second-row seats

Bose performance-enhanced 10 speaker system

Premium leather upholstery

 

Keyless entry and push-button

Blindspot alert system

Heated and auto-dimming power outside rearview mirrors

Power moonroof with rear fixed light

 

4G LTE WiFi internet access hotspot

Lane keep assist

Forward collision alert

Qi-enabled wireless charging

 

Heated driver and passenger seats

Rear cross-traffic alert

Telescopic and power tilt steering wheel

8-inch color driver information console

 

Rear park assist

 

 

 

Which trim should you buy?

As far as the trim levels of the 2019 Buick Enclave go, the ‘Essence AWD’ seems to be the one to go for as it comes in an attractive price range of $45,195. It offers a balance of practicality and premium feel as it comes with an AWD drivetrain and some of the best-in-class interior and safety features, all in just a package that costs less than $50,000.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

The 2019 Buick Enclave gets a really punchy powertrain unit that it shares with its rival General Motors counterparts. The powertrain unit is a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 unit that boasts of producing 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The power output is pretty linear and hence offers a smooth ride quality with no lack of power at any point. The engine is pretty refined in its working and certainly has some grunt on offer when you need it.

The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission which does the work of going through the gears according to the requirement pretty seamlessly and offers a linear transmission of power without any confusion. Except for the base ‘Preferred’ trim, the rest of the trim levels are available with an AWD drivetrain option which certainly adds to the practicality and utilitarian needs. The performance figures of the Buick Enclave are also pretty decent as it does a pull from 0-60 MPH in 6.7 seconds and can cover a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds. 

Models

2019 Buick Enclave

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$41,195

$36,595

$43,095

$43,860

Engine

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

310 hp @ 6,800 rpm

310 hp @ 6,800 rpm

310 hp @ 6,500 rpm

280 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

271 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.7

6.5

6.7

6.5

Quarter-Mile (sec)

15.2

14.9

15.3

15.0

Top-Speed (mph)

130

130

130

130

Towing Capacity (lbs)

1,500

1,500

4,000

2,000

The Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and the GMC Acadia share the same powertrain unit, with the Acadia having a different engine tune and transmission unit. All cars in the class perform similarly with their top speed being at 130 mph and the 0-60 MPH timings being around the 6.7-second mark. The Ford Explorer is the most expensive of the lot, owing to the turbocharged four-cylinder unit offering impressive performance on par with the rival V6s. 

How well does the 2019 Buick Enclave handle?

The Buick Enclave handles like a charm, unlike its rivals. The Enclave’s suspension system has the right-tuning done to it that helps the Enclave perform well on and off the road. The ride neither feels too soft nor too swift. There is a good amount of feel and feedback from the steering wheel that makes the driving experience even better.

The FWD version feels more agile on the road to steer, but there is a slight feeling of understeer in tight corners. The AWD, on the other hand, has a stiffer steering response but grips to the road throughout the journey helping you carve out corners and go through rough terrains without a dab of confusion or lack of confidence.

Braking Performance

The 2019 Buick Enclave has a really good weight distribution, and as a result, the braking performance is pretty decent for an SUV of its size. There is enough bite and feedback from the brakes to make you feel confident on the road, and with the help of modern safety aids, the braking performance also inclines towards safe and positive feedback. The front rotors have a diameter of 12.6 inches, while the rear ones are 12.4 inches. With a curb weight of over 4,300 lbs, the Enclave manages to decelerate from 60 mph to a standstill in 127 feet. 

Models

2019 Buick Enclave

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Ford Explorer

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

12.4

12.4

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,359

4,362

3,956

4,443

60-0 MPH (feet)

127

127

125

127

Although the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave have a lot in common, including the brakes, the Acadia’s lower curb weight helps reduce its 60-0 deceleration figure by about 2 feet compared to the Enclave. The identical setup of the Chevy Traverse offers similar performance, and despite employing larger brakes in the Explorer, it too has a similar braking distance in the 60-0 mph panic braking test. 

Fuel Economy
7.1/10

The 2019 Buick Enclave does offer a decent fuel economy for a car of its caliber, but it certainly could have had a larger fuel tank to get more range out of it. The Enclave delivers a combined fuel economy of 21 miles per gallon, which is the same as that of the rest of its General Motors counterparts. Its fuel tank capacity is 19 gallons, which helps it deliver a combined range of 399 miles, which certainly could have been better if it had a larger fuel tank.

Models

2019 Buick Enclave

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

18

18

18

19

MPG (Highway)

26

27

25

27

MPG (Combined)

21

21

21

22

Fuel Capacity (gal)

19.0

19.4

19.0

18.6

Range (City / Highway / Combined; Miles)

342 / 494 / 399

349 / 524 / 407

342 / 475 / 399

353 / 502 / 409

The Buick Enclave has a similar MPG figure and range to that of the GMC Acadia as they have almost the same fuel economy and tank capacity. The Enclave certainly could have had a larger fuel tank capacity to increase the combined fuel range to upwards of the 400-mile mark. That being said, even the Ford Explorer offers a similar driving range even with the marginally better fuel economy figures. 

Interior
8.6/10

The Buick Enclave’s interior is a calm and beautiful place to be in. The overall interior layout makes it look roomy and airy, and it certainly has some premium touches here and there to remind you that it’s Buick’s flagship SUV. The Enclave’s dashboard layout is a combination of practicality and opulence and has a really great aesthetic appeal with its dual-tone color scheme. The floating infotainment screen feature along with the minimalistic approach towards buttons have made Enclave’s interior one of the most attractive ones in the class.

The Enclave can seat 7 people comfortably and has comfortable pilot seats in the second row. The front bucket seats have 8-way power adjustability and come with heating options from the Essence trim level. The seats are wide and comfy and offer a good amount of lumbar support with their side bolsters. Opting for the higher trim levels will give you leather upholstery on the seats which adds to the aesthetic appeal and comfort of the interior.

Models

2019 Buick Enclave

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

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

42.6 / 62.4 / 41.2

41.3 / 62.1 / 41.0

40.3 / 59.4 / 41.0

41.4 / 61.5 / 42.9

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.9 / 61.7 / 38.9

40.0 / 62.2 / 38.4

39.6 / 58.7 / 39.7

40.6 / 61.0 / 39.5

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.6 / 57.3 / 33.5

38.2 / 57.5 / 33.5

37.2 / 54.3 / 31.1

37.8 / 50.8 / 32.0

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

23.6

23.0

12.8

21.0

The cargo capacity is one of Enclave’s USPs as it offers the best in class cargo capacity with a standard volume of 23.6 cubic feet. Folding down the third row opens up 57.8 cu-ft of space, which should be enough to carry a weekend's worth of luggage for a small family. Fold all the seats behind the first row, and the Enclave offers a huge cargo capacity of 97.6 cubic feet, which is enough to carry plenty of cargo if need be.

While the Traverse manages to offer similar space as Buick Enclave, the GMC Acadia’s smaller dimensions translate to very limited trunk space. In terms of cabin space, all four SUVs offer similar legroom and headroom in all three rows of seats. The Ford Explorer too offers a decent level of luggage space, which is almost on par with the Buick and Chevrolet. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Pilot seats in the second row
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Moonroof
  • Heated seats and steering wheel in higher trims

What’s there to keep you entertained?

As far as the infotainment system goes, Buick offers the best in class infotainment features in the Enclave as it is their flagship SUV. Some of these might seem pretty common in the class, while some are exclusive to the Enclave. The floating infotainment display on the dashboard is an 8-inch multi-information touchscreen display unit that has controls for almost every other infotainment feature onboard. 

It gets a 6 speaker audio system with active noise cancellation and features like SiriusXM satellite radio. The connectivity features that the Enclave hosts include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay as well as a 4G WiFi internet access hotspot. The Enclave gets a QuietTuning Buick Process, which is an exclusive feature to the enclave. This feature helps to block and absorb noise and vibration utilizing ultra-dissipative acoustic materials and Active Noise Cancellation to create a quiet interior cabin. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Audio system with 6 speakers
  • AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
  • 4G WiFi internet access hotspot
  • QuietTuning Buick Process
Exterior
8.0/10

Its signature chrome-studded grille with sharp and slim headlights make it unmistakable on the road, and the broad wheel arches and flowing sidelines give it a much better aesthetic appeal compared to its rivals who have boxy features. The Enclave’s exterior looks modern, up to date, and has a good amount of appeal over a wide range of customers.

The Enclave is the largest car in the class in terms of length, but its height and width proportions make it look smaller in length compared to the Chevy Traverse, which has the same length. The Enclave has one of the highest ground clearance in the class, making it off-road friendly compared to the rest of the rivals. The SUV has a curb weight of 4,359 lbs, which is very similar to Chevy and Ford's figure in the competition.

Models

2019 Buick Enclave

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

2019 GMC Acadia

2019 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,359

4,362

3,956

4,443

Length (in)

204.3

204.3

193.6

198.3

Width (in)

78.8

78.6

75.4

78.9

Height (in)

69.9

70.7

68.7

70

Ground Clearance (in)

7.7

8.0

7.2

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

120.9

120.9

112.5

112.8

The Chevy Traverse and the Buick Enclave are pretty much identical in terms of dimensions, while the GMC Acadia is quite compact as compared to others. The Ford Explorer is larger than the Acadia and also offers a ground clearance on par with the Buick. The Traverse has the highest ride height, while the Acadia rides the lowest to the ground. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • LED Daytime Running lamps
  • Molded assist steps
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • 20" bright machined face wheels with Satin Graphite pockets
  • Wheel locks
Safety
9.2/10

Apart from being one of the most spacious and practical SUVs in the class, the Buick Enclave is also the safest option in the class without a doubt. It has received an overall safety rating of 5-stars from the NHTSA and has similar ratings from the IIHS as well. Its structural integrity combined with the best in class safety features helped it achieve the feat of being one of the safest options in its class.

Apart from the basic safety features like ABS, traction control, and electronic stability control (ESC), the Enclave boasts some of the latest safety aids in its class such as a blind-spot warning system, rear vision camera, rear parking assist, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. The most prominent features available through the Enclave lineup have been mentioned below. 

  • Blind-spot warning system
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Rear park assist
Competition
6.0/10

2019 Buick Enclave vs 2019 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave are brand badged products from General Motors and share the same platform, powertrain, and other components. The Traverse and Enclave are very similar in specs, and as a result, potential customers might get confused while choosing amongst them. The Traverse’s base trim level is a much cheaper one compared to the Enclave, but the Enclave looks and feels better in the interior and exterior aspects. When it comes to choosing between these two, it really depends upon the budget and the kind of aesthetic appeal that one expects from these cars.

2019 Buick Enclave vs. 2019 GMC Acadia

Again, being the products of brand badging, the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave have a lot in common. But the fact that the Enclave’s base trim level offers a lot more than what you would get in the Acadia’s trim level that costs the same tells us that the Enclave is the one to go for. They both share the same powertrain and many other components, but the Enclave seems to have an edge over the Acadia in terms of pricing and visual appeal.

2019 Buick Enclave vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is one of the toughest competitors for the Enclave outside of the General Motors fraternity, and the Explorer has certainly proven with its sales figures that it appeals more to the audience than the Enclave. A part of this might be the fact that Ford has a larger network of customers and certainly appeals to the general public more than GM products. But what the Enclave strives to be is a value-for-money SUV that has a lot of pros compared to the Explorer than cons. The Buick Enclave must certainly be on your list if you are in the market looking for a 7 seater SUV with decent on-road and off-road capabilities.

Final Verdict

The Enclave has so much in common with its General Motor counterparts, yet it feels so different. The flowing lines and the modern design approach help it attract a lot of potential customers who are looking for exterior and interior design appeal on a pocket-friendly budget. The 2019 Buick Enclave is truly one of the best performing cars with an excellent amount of interior and cargo space along with top-of-the-line safety features and aids. The high-value features and competitive pricing make it a great option for money-minded buyers in the segment. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$40000

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

223 cu in

horse power

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

204.3 in

wheelbase

120.9 in

width

78.8 in

curb weight

4359 lbs

Height

69.9 in

Ground Clearance

7.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

154 cu ft

cargo volume

97.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

494.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.


Buick Enclave 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$43,939
5 Year Cost To Own
$62,327
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $62,327
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$11,704$2,850$2,711$3,166$2,972$23,403
Insurance$1,314$1,334$1,398$1,381$1,447$6,874
Fuel$2,232$2,305$2,442$2,482$2,554$12,015
Maintenance$491$837$724$2,052$2,559$6,663
Repairs$-16$-50$148$311$450$843
Financing Interest$2,719$2,223$1,605$1,039$407$7,993
Taxes and Fees$3,686$222$215$263$150$4,536
Total Cost-To-Own$22,130$9,721$9,243$10,694$10,539$62,327
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