2018 Buick Enclave Review

2018 Buick Enclave photo
  1. Original MSRP$39,995 - $55,800
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)18/26 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCrossover

2018 Buick Enclave Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2018 Buick Enclave photo
  1. Original MSRP$39,995 - $55,800
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)18/26 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesCrossover


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 4/18/2018)

Many car shoppers like their crossovers to pay big dividends when it comes to roominess and comfort. With ample space for passengers and cargo and ride quality that’s unfailingly smooth, the Buick Enclave delivers impressive rewards in these areas.

The 2018 Buick Enclave is a midsize crossover that seats up to seven passengers, and it’s sold in base, Essence, Premium and Avenir trims. Gears are shifted by a nine-speed automatic transmission, and both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.

The Enclave has been redesigned for 2018. The current model offers more third-row space than its predecessor, and it also brings improved towing capacity and a broader selection of advanced safety technologies. The top-of-the-line Avenir trim is new for 2018, and it aims to heighten the Enclave’s luxury quotient.


The Enclave’s sheet metal looks purposeful and modern. In front, flared headlights flank an elegant grille, and the crossover’s blunt hood is enhanced with character lines that fan out toward the windshield. The Enclave’s beltline gradually rises as it approaches the rear of the vehicle, and its side panels feature sculpting that imparts a three-dimensional look. Eighteen-inch wheels connect this Buick with the pavement.

Base models come decked with daytime running lights, automatic LED headlights, a hands-free power liftgate, heated power-adjustable side mirrors with auto-dimming capability and integrated turn signals, chrome bodyside moldings, roof rails and a rear spoiler. The list of available features includes memory settings for the driver-side exterior mirror, a power sunroof and 20-inch wheels.


There’s lots of room available within the Enclave’s cabin, and the materials used are of premium quality. The cabin has an upscale look, with swooping lines and a center stack that curves out to greet the driver and front passenger. The Enclave provides 23.6 cubic feet of capacity behind the third row, and 58 cubic feet with the third row folded. Behind the first row, this Buick provides 97.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

The lineup of standard interior amenities includes tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, second-row captain’s chairs, a 60/40-split folding third-row bench seat, heated power-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The list of upgrades includes memory settings for the driver’s seat and steering column, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats, a power-folding third-row seat and a steering wheel with wood accents.


The Enclave aims to deliver a ride that’s both quiet and smooth. Front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are standard, and those who regularly tangle with rain and snow can opt for available all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 that doles out 302 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the Enclave is able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Fuel economy stands at an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models see slightly lower estimates of 17/25 mpg.


You get access to a solid lineup of technology features with the 2018 Buick Enclave. Base models come equipped with Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a stereo with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, six USB ports, keyless entry and ignition, OnStar telematics, a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE connectivity. Buick’s Teen Driver feature is also standard, and it allows you to set various restrictions on secondary drivers.

The list of available tech amenities includes blind spot warning, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, low-speed collision mitigation with automatic braking, a premium 10-speaker Bose stereo, HD radio, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, navigation, front pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert and wireless device charging.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Quicksilver Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Ebony Twilight Metallic
  • Body style

  • Crossover
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 18.0 X 7.5 Inches
  • Tire Type: 255/65r18
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Black
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip/Integrated
  • Grille Color: Black/Chrome Surround
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Body Side Moldings: Chrome
  • Rocker Panel Color: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color With Chrome Accents
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 78.8 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 7.7 Inches
  • Width: 89.3 Inches
  • Length: 204.3 Inches
  • Height: 69.9 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 120.9 Inches
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 6173 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 67 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 4359 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 67.3 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Armrests: Rear Outboard Seats
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear/Third Row
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Alloy
  • Humidity/dewpoint Sensors
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Rear Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control/Independently Controlled
  • Door Sill Trim: Chrome
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Driver Assistance App: Roadside Assistance
  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Satellite Communications: OnStar/Voice Guided Directions
  • Wifi: Hotspot
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • Radio: AM/FM/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Radio Data System
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Total Speakers: 6
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready
  • Seats

  • Bucket Front Seats
  • Upholstery: Cloth
  • Rear Seat: Sliding
  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Third Row Seat Folding: Flat
  • Adjustable Rear Seats
  • Passenger Seat: Heated
  • Flat-Folding Rear Seat
  • Undefined Rear Seat
  • 6-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Third Row Seat Type: 40-60 Split Bench/Split-folding
  • Driver Seat: Heated
  • Dimensions

  • Max Seating: 7
  • Front Hip Room: 59.1 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 62.4 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 57.7 Inches
  • Cargo Volume Third Row Down Only: 58 Cubic Feet
  • Hip Room 3rd Row: 48.5
  • Leg Room 3rd Row: 33.5
  • Rear Legroom: 38.9 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 97.6 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 41.2 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 41 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39.9 Inches
  • Head Room 3rd Row: 37.6
  • Shoulder Room 3rd Row: 57.3
  • Standard Seating: 7
  • Seating Rows: 3
  • Cargo Volume: 23.6 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 61.7 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • Axle Ratio: 3.49
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts: MacPherson
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 6 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 3.6
  • Horsepower: 310
  • Torque: 266
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 9-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 9
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 39
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 18
  • Highway (MPG): 26
  • Combined (MPG): 21


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion: Rust: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Check Rear Seat Reminder
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  10. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  11. Parking Sensors: Rear
  12. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  13. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  14. Rollover Stability Control: Standard
  15. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  16. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  17. Brake Assist: Standard
  18. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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