The 2018 Buick Enclave: What the critics say
Car and Driver
Buick has finally updated its largest SUV, and the new edition is “a marked improvement over its predecessor in every meaningful way.” The “elegantly sculpted” 2018 Enclave has “a notably trimmer look,” and the three-row family hauler has shed 350 pounds while growing 2 inches in length. A new top-end model called the Avenir has joined the family, but “even the lesser models exude a pleasing sophistication.” The cabin, now 10 percent bigger, proves both whisper quiet and “all-day comfy.”
Detroit Free Press
By adding the Avenir, Buick has taken “another big step” in transforming itself into a legitimate luxury brand. Ten years ago, the Enclave kick-started Buick’s rebirth; today, its $53,415 flagship model delivers loads of standard features in a handsome package distinguished by a striking front grille and 20-inch wheels with a pearl-nickel finish. Every Enclave gets a potent 310-hp V-6 engine. And though this Buick isn’t as sporty as a comparably sized Audi, it feels “small and light” on twisting roads.
It’s so impressive all around that it “has us rethinking the brand.” Buick has a reputation for being stodgy, but the Enclave offers all the right stuff in terms of technology, design, and “even that perhaps most important quality: charisma.” Give it a look; “you might be just as surprised as we were.” ■