2017 Enclave New Car Test Drive
Buick Enclave is large premium crossover SUV. Cousin to the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, Buick's three-row crossover debuted as a 2008 model. A new Sport Touring option has been introduced to the 2017 Buick Enclave lineup, with a Satin Black ice-tone grille and 20-inch chromed wheels. Buick Enclave also continues to offer the Tuscan package that debuted for 2016.
A good-looking SUV for family use, the Enclave has aged well, as we expected when it was introduced. Classy on the outside, it's roomy and comfortable inside, especially when fitted with captain's chairs in the second row. Materials quality excels within the cabin.
Despite its ample size, the Buick Enclave gets respectable fuel-economy estimates, much better than the truck-based Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Suburban.
Buick's 3.6-liter V6 develops 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque of calm performance, teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all except the base model.
Passengers and cargo get plenty of room within an Enclave, which is among the largest SUVs built by General Motors divisions, and among the most spacious. If fitted with leather seating, the Enclave rivals the feel and finish of several luxury competitors.
Seven-passenger seating is standard, but an eight-passenger configuration with a second-row bench is available. Additional options include a rear-seat entertainment system. Offered for both Leather and Premium trim levels, the new Sport Touring package comes in a choice of three special-edition body colors: White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic and Ebony Twilight Metallic.
Safety scores are impressive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the Enclave a 5-star overall rating. The score included five stars in front- and side-impact testing and four stars in the calculated rollover risk. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has granted Buick's larger SUV Good ratings in each of its tests, except for the difficult small-overlap frontal crash test, which has not been undertaken.
Available safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning. However, Enclave lacks the automatic emergency braking that has become almost standard in this category over the past few years.
Side-curtain airbags protect all three rows, while a center-front airbag is mounted on the inboard side of the driver's seat. A rearview camera is standard.
The 2017 Enclave will be the last of the current generation.
Three trim levels are offered: Buick Enclave Convenience ($39,990) includes second-row captain's chairs with a 60/40-split folding third row; automatic xenon headlights; an eight-way power driver's seat; power liftgate; rear parking assistance; remote start with keyless ignition; rearview camera, 19-inch wheels. Also standard are IntelliLink with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and voice recognition; and an AM/FM/satellite radio with MP3 and three USB ports for charging/playback.
Enclave Leather ($44,690) features leather seating, heated eight-way power front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a heated, wood-trimmed steering wheel. Enclave Premium ($48,550) adds forward-collision alert with lane-departure warnings, a premium Bose stereo with 10 speakers, heated/ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering column, and 19-inch chromed wheels. The new Sport Touring package can be added to either the Leather or Premium trim level. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).