2018 Buick Enclave

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2018 Buick Enclave Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 28, 2021

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After a decade of introducing the world with the first Enclave, Buick finally breathes-in new life it as it enters its second generation. The Enclave is one of the few SUVs that set the standard for the class, but over the years, newer, more powerful, and more luxurious brands took over. The 2018 Buick Enclave aims to recapture its position with a better exterior, luxurious interiors, and a plethora of standard techs.

Everything under the hood has changed but there still aren't a bunch of choices. Power is provided by a new 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 310 horses of power and 266 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is also a new 9-speed automatic. With these newly made changes, Buick is trying to build on the success of the outgoing generation while still adding all the modern technology and amenities that buyers now expect. 

2018 Buick Enclave Latest Updates

  • June 09, 2021 : Buick Releases The Refreshed 2022 Enclave SUV  Read More »
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Pros

Quiet and composed handling

Plenty of cargo room

Fuel efficient

Great visibility

Cons

Third row not suited for 3 adults

A few places still show use of cheap materials

What's New?

Buick hasn't changed anything it the 2018 Enclave


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

223 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

204.3 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

69.9 in.

curb weight

4358 lbs.

ground clearance

7.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

97.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.7 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.8

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

537.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base $39,995 onwards

302 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6L | V6 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" painted Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Parking Assist
  • Rear Air Conditioning w/ Separate Controls
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

Essence $44,300 onwards

302 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6L | V6 | Regular unleaded

  • Leather Seat trim

Premium $48,100 onwards

302 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6L | V6 | Regular unleaded

  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Navigation System

Avenir $53,500 onwards

302 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6L | V6 | Regular unleaded

  • 20" Painted Aluminum Wheels
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Colors and Styles

2018 Buick Enclave in Black Cherry Metallic color 2018 Buick Enclave in Dark Slate Metallic color 2018 Buick Enclave in Ebony Twilight Metallic color 2018 Buick Enclave in Quicksilver Metallic color 2018 Buick Enclave in Red Quartz Tintcoat color
Black Cherry Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.9

Engine And Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.9

Exterior

7.3

Safety

4.0

Competition

9.6

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The Buick Enclave has set its starting price at $39,995 which goes up to $55,715 for the top Avenir trim. A standard 3.6 liter V6 and a 9-speed automatic transmission powers the Enclave. FWD is standard, while AWD can be had with any trim except the base trim for $ 2,000. The all-new Buick has a lot to offer inside and out. And providing so much at a reasonable price makes it a tough rival for affordable SUVs from Honda and Ford, and even to luxurious brands like Lexus and Acura. 

The all-new 2018 Buick Enclave's wheelbase is lengthened to 120.9 inches and towing capacities up by 500 pounds to a total of 5,000 pounds this year and still, the Enclave is down about 350 pounds. It's aiming to combat the main criticism that it always faced, its heft. Now coming in at 4,400 pounds total, the Enclave is no longer the portly performer that it was once on the old Lambda platform. Instead, it's slimmed down and it's now donning the same underpinnings as you are going to find on the new Chevrolet Traverse.

2018 Buick Enclave SUV Three Quarter View
2018 Buick Enclave SUV Rear Three Quarter View

7.9/10
Pricing and Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.9/10
Interior

7.3/10
Exterior

4.0/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2018 Buick Enclave Pricing and Features

7.9/10

The 2018 Buick Enclave comes in 4 trim levels: 1SV, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. All the trims are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The base 1SV trim can only be had with an FWD drivetrain, while all other trims can be upgraded to AWD.

Trims Enclave 1SV Essence Premium Avenir
MSRP (FWD) $40,990 $45,245 $49,095 $54,495
MSRP (AWD) N/A $47,295 $51,395 $56,795
Features Available OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (limited trial). Perforated leather-appointed seats Includes or replaces features on Essence, plus: Includes or replaces features on Premium, plus:
  Buick Infotainment System with 8″ diagonal color touchscreen Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert Bose premium 10-speaker system Unique exterior/interior styling
  Keyless open and push-button start, remote engine start Rear Cross Traffic Alert Second-row heated seats Buick Infotainment System with Navigation
  Heated driver and front passenger seats 3-month trial of Sirius Satellite Radio Ventilated driver and front passenger seats Wireless charging
      Heated steering wheel Power dual moonroof with rear fixed skylight
      Safety Alert Seat 8″ diagonal reconfigurable driver information center
      Front Park Assist Surround Vision with a full display inside rearview mirror
      Power-fold third row seats  
      Power steering column  

Even at the base level, you get a lot of features that would suffice most buyers. The Essense trim adds additional safety features, while the Premium adds more luxury. The top-of-the-line Avenir trim, which can be considered the Denali of Buick family, adds an intelligent twin-clutch AWD system, much like the Cadillac.

We Recommend

To get the most out of your Enclave while still restricting the cash flow, we recommend the Premium trim. It adds features like low-speed forward collision mitigation, driver seat and mirror position memory, and an upgraded Bose audio system.

2018 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

7.3/10

The standard powertrain of the Buick Enclave comprises of a 3.6-liter V6 engine with VVT (variable valve timing) and a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Power can be put to the ground by one of the three drivetrains. The base trim is exclusively front-wheel-drive while the Essence trim can be chosen between front-wheel-drive or the traditional all-wheel-drive. The Premium and the Avenir trims also start with the front-wheel-drive but they can option on the intelligent twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system that is shared with Cadillac. The refined powertrain helps the Enclave to have smooth and quick acceleration. The transmission is smooth with no juddering, which is a huge improvement over the previous Enclaves.

Models Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
MSRP $39,995 $35,995 $30,900 $ 44,200
Engine 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT Gas engine 3.6L V6 SIDI DOHC Gas engine  (VVT) 3.5L i-VTEC V6 Gas engine 

3.5L V6 Gas engine              

Transmission 9-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD
Power 310 hp @ 6800 rpm 310 hp @ 6600 rpm 280 hp @ 6000 rpm 290 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 266 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm 271 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm 262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm 267 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

The Enclave and Acadia are at par on almost all grounds, but Acadia is cheaper and generates more torque than the Enclave. The Honda twins, the Pilot and the MDX deliver less power and torque than Enclave’s engine, The Pilot is available at a cheaper cost, while the Acura MDX costs almost $ 5,000 more than Enclave, being the most expensive SUV in this segment. Also, both the Enclave and the MDX benefit from a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic while the Acadia and the Pilot are stuck with their old 6-speed automatic.

Acceleration

The 3.6 liter V6 with VVT technology makes sure you get the most out of the engine. The 9-speed automatic transmission is smooth and provides seamless acceleration. The 2018 Buick Enclave’s agility is enough for your daily drives, quick enough, but not ludicrously high, or deafeningly loud.

2018 Buick Enclave Takes 6.4s to reach 60 mph

In a 0-60 mph test, the 2018 Enclave takes 6.4 seconds, a full second faster than last year while the quarter-mile run is completed in 15.1 seconds. Its engine also has the ability to top the Enclave up to 130 mph. 

Models Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
0-60 mph 6.4 sec 6.8 sec 6.0 sec 6.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.1 sec @ 84 mph 15 sec @ 90 mph 14.6 sec @ 95 mph 14.0 sec @ 100.2 mph
Engine 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT Gas engine 3.6L V6 SIDI DOHC Gas engine  (VVT) 3.5L i-VTEC V6 Gas engine 3.5 L  V6 Gas engine

Top Speed

130 115 130 155

Surprisingly, the underpowered Honda Pilot twists the tables in this segment. It is the quickest vehicle to reach 60 mph followed by the Buick Enclave. The smooth transmission allows the Enclave to be faster than cousin GMC Acadia in the 0-60 mph test but almost catches up with the Enclave on the quarter-mile mark. The Acura MDX is slower at first but beats the Enclave’s quarter-mile timing by almost a second.

Handling and Steering

The 2018 Buick Enclave is a big SUV, and expecting it to drive like a sports car is just setting yourself for disappointment. But surprisingly, the Enclave drives with a composed grip around corners with almost no body roll. The Enclave handles quite well especially if you engage the all-wheel-drive system because it does feature torque vectoring rear axle. The last generation Enclave was known for its supple ride even on broken pavement and rougher roads and even though this generation of the Enclave has become sportier, they haven't forgotten about customers that are looking for a comfortable ride in a three-row crossover.

2018 Buick Enclave Front View

The steering is tight, yet it is easy to turn the wheel. The Enclave’s top trims also have the option of an adaptive suspension system, which further improves the ride quality. The electric-assist power steering has an active return assist feature that gives the steering a lighter touch while driving.

Braking

The 2018 Buick Enclave has a satisfyingly firm brake pedal that is both reassuring and capable. No matter your speed, the Enclave provides sharp body control thanks to its firm suspension as well as four-wheel disc brakes and its linear stopping power. In the brake test, the 2018 Buick Enclave stops from 60 mph to zero in 120 feet, which is definitely less than the outgoing model. A stopping distance of 120 feet is respectable considering the heavyweight and size of the Enclave.

Model Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
Brake pads Front (in) 12.8 12.6 12.6 12.6
Brake pads Rear (in) 13.0 12.4 13.0 13.0
Curb weight (lbs.) 4359 3956 4288 4001
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 126 119 123

No wonder that the Honda Pilot's braking system is too strong. It just takes 119 feet to stop in a smooth manner. The Enclave is heavier than most of its competitors, and that heavy curb weight helps in obtaining a stopping distance of 120 feet. With a braking distance of 123 feet, the Acura MDX grabs the third spot on the table while the GMC Acadia sits on the last stand. 

Towing Capacity

With a rating of a mere 1,500 pounds, the base towing capabilities of the 2018 Buick Enclave are well below average. In contrast with the outgoing model, GM has significantly raised the towing capacity of the Enclave by 500 pounds. Thankfully, a new trailer-towing package is available this year. The package adds additional cooling amongst other enhancements that elevate the towing capacity to a respectable 5,000 pounds.

Model Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
Capacity (lbs.) 5,000 5,200 5,000 5,000
Power Train 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT Gas engine 3.6L V6 SIDI DOHC Gas engine  (VVT) 3.5L i-VTEC V6 Gas engine 3.5 L  V6 Gas engine
Drive Train AWD AWD AWD AWD

Although Enclave raises its towing capacity to 5,000 with the towing package, the rivals innately match or surpass these numbers. GM’s other crossover, the Acadia, has a maximum capacity to tow 5,200 pounds, while the Hondas match Enclave’s ratings. But still, it was a good upgrade by GM to keep up with its rivals. 

2018 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

7.1/10

As compared to the Enclaves of yesteryears, the Buick Enclave has improved its fuel economy ratings by 3 MPGs. One of the reasons for this better fuel economy is the addition of the new auto start-stop function. In FWD, the crossover gets 18mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. In AWD, these ratings fall by 1. One thing worth noting is that the AWD system can be disconnected by just a press of a button on the dashboard. It causes the rear axle to disconnect improving your fuel economy. Hence, if you choose an AWD model, you may actually get identical fuel economy to the FWD model in real-world driving. Owing to the fuel tank capacity of 19.4 gallons, the Enclave can deliver a combined range of 426 miles.

Model Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
MPG city 18 17 18 19
MPG highway 26 25 26 26
MPG combined 22 20 22 22
Fuel Capacity  19.4 19 19.5 19.5
Range (City/Highway/Combined) 349/504/426 342/475/408 371/527/449 371/527/449

Only a few in class can match Enclave’s excellent fuel economy. The Honda Pilot matches Enclave’s numbers, but the Acura MDX is a few of those who actually put better city mileage numbers. With just a small difference in the fuel tank capacity of the Pilot in contrast with the Enclave, the former offers a more combined range. Even the GMC Acadia also offers decent fuel economy in spite of hiding a small fuel tank in this segment.

2018 Buick Enclave Interior

8.9/10

The old Enclave had decent exteriors, but time has taken its toll on the interiors. Thankfully, the 2018 Buick Enclave bears no resemblance to the previous generation. The cabin looks more like Cadillac’s now. The Premium and Essence get perforated leather in shale, black, or brandy color. The 1SV comes only in black, and the Avenir comes exclusively in chestnut interiors.

2018 Buick Enclave Dashboard

The center console holds a container, and removing the container reveals a much deeper pit. In front of the console, the area under the shifter is hollow, which can easily store a handbag. The traditional shifter is also replaced with an electronic shifter, which is easy to use. You can also change gears manually with the paddle shifters.

Seating and Comfort

With captain’s chairs in the second row, the 2018 Buick Enclave can accommodate 7 people. This is the only way you can get the Enclave. The Premium and the Avenir trims have memory seats. The standard driver’s seat is an 8-way power-adjustable with 2-way power lumbar. The passenger’s seat is 6-way power-adjustable with 2-way power lumbar.

2018 Buick Enclave Interior Overview

The base model has cloth upholstery and heated front seats. The higher trims add leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. The seats are roomy and comfortable, except for the third row, which struggles to accommodate 3 adults. The second-row seats can slide front and back.

Model Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
Seating Capacity 7 7 8 7
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 42.6/62.4/41.2 40.3/59.4/41 40.1/62/40.9 38.1/61.1/41.4
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.9/61.7/38.9 39.6/58.7/39.7 40.2/62/38.4 38.3/59.1/38.5
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 37.6/57.3/33.5 37.2/54.3/31.1 38.9/57.6/31.9 35.6/54.7/28.1

Being an 8-seater, the Honda Pilot offers enough headroom in the third-row but still, it may feel cramped for six-footers. The rest of the competitors fall under the same category of interior room. It is also important to note that the Enclave is the quietest three-row crossover in this segment and it's possible with the help of active noise cancellation system. It easily belongs to the luxury segment in terms of overall cabin quietness. 

Infotainment

Although the 2018 Buick Enclave received substantial upgrades in almost all aspects, the infotainment system remained unchanged. The Enclave still uses the on-going version of Buick’s IntelliLink system. There is not much to complain about, though. The system is responsive and includes modern amenities like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2018 Buick Enclave Infotainment System

Still, a complete redesign should have included an infotainment system like the one used in the new Cadillac. The Enclave has a highly connective infotainment system. Services like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar, 4G LTE WI-FI on AT&T service, etc. make for an entertaining trip. The standard setup has a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. HD Radio and a 10 speaker Bose audio system are also available.

Cargo

One of the biggest reasons to buy one of GM's large three-row crossover is the cargo area. Cargo space is generous in the new 2018 Buick Enclave. It provides better storage than most in the class. With 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, the Enclave easily offers class-leading storage volume. Under the load floor, there's almost enough room to put a 22-inch roller bag and that doesn't mean that Buick has skipped the spare tire because you'll find that even further down. by folding the third row, you get access to 58 cubic feet and maximum space of 97.6 cubic feet with the second row folded down. The 2018 Buick Enclave easily thwarts the competition. It is also easy to load cargo into the Enclave. The hands-free power lift gate is standard in all trims. To further ease the process, Buick projects its logo right under the sensor where you have to wave your foot. The floor of the rear cargo area also lifts up to reveal even more cargo area.

Model Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
Behind 3rdRow(ft.cube) 23.6 12.8 18 14.9
With 3rd  row folded (ft. cube) 58 41.7 47.7 38.4
With 2nd row folded (ft. cube) 97.6 79 87.0 68.4

The 2018 Buick Enclave offers an unmatchable cargo capacity in the entire class. The closest to the Enclave is the Honda Pilot with a maximum cargo capacity of 87 cubic feet. The Acura MDX may have good storage volume with all the seats upright but the GMC Acadia takes lead in the numbers when the seats are folded down.

Interior Features

The 2018 Buick Enclave comes loaded with a list of extensive features. The base model gets limited features but the higher trims unlock all the top interior features. Here is a list of the standout features in the 2018 Buick Enclave’s cabin:

Standard gauge with 4.2-inch multifunction display

  • Backup Camera
  • 3 zone automatic climate control
  • 3 stage heated seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Exclusive features include:

  • 8-inch digital cluster in Avenir
  • Power adjustable steering wheel in Premium and Avenir
  • Wireless charging in Avenir
  • Surround vision in Avenir
  • 3 stage ventilated seats in Premium and Avenir
  • Moonroof in Avenir
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2018 Buick Enclave Exterior

7.3/10

After 10 years of the production of the first Enclave, Buick steps into the second generation of Enclave with all-new design and features. The very first thing that comes to notice is the keyless open and go, along with remote start, which was not present even in the top trim till last year is now standard across trims. The 2018 Buick Enclave also grew in length, and now stands at 204 inches. In the front, the Enclave wears the new Buick waterfall grille with a horizontal chrome strip running across.

2018 Buick Enclave Three Quarter View

This grille comes with the bottom 3 trims. The Avenir gets its own special grille with a dark chrome mesh, based on the Avenir concept car. The parking lamps and the turn signals sit low near the base of the vehicle. From the side, the place of portholes has been taken by functional fender vents. The back of the vehicle has a nice chrome accent that runs across the back and leads into the taillights. The roofline sits lower and the windshields get a more aerodynamic flow.

Model Buick Enclave GMC Acadia Honda Pilot Acura MDX
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4359 3956 4288 4001
Length(in) 204.3 193.6 194.5 196.2
Width(in) 78.8 75.4 66.3 77.8
Height(in) 69.6 66 69.8 67.4
Ground clearance(in) 7.7 7.20 7.3 5.6
Wheelbase(in) 120.9 112.5 111 111
Track width(in) F/R 67.3/67 64.5/65.5 66.3/66.3 66.3/66.3

The Buick Enclave dominates almost all the parameters of exterior dimensions. By the looks and size of the Buick Enclave, anyone can easily judge it for having heavy curb weight. In fact, the curb weight plays an important role in the handling characteristics of the Enclave. The overall length of the Enclave is almost 8 inches longer than the Acura MDX and boasts a 9-inch longer wheelbase than the GMC Acadia. Height-wise, the Enclave is almost as tall as the Honda Pilot.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • LED headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Power adjusting, auto-dimming, and heated side-view mirrors
  • Power folding and memory side mirrors in Premiere and up
  • Blindside indicators in Essence
  • Buick's Evonic Acrylite Lighting*

*Evonic Acrylite Lighting refers to the use of 100 LEDs across the vehicle with the help of compound curvature application.

2018 Buick Enclave SUV Exterior
2018 Buick Enclave SUV Exterior
2018 Buick Enclave SUV Exterior
2018 Buick Enclave SUV Exterior
2018 Buick Enclave SUV Exterior
2018 Buick Enclave SUV Exterior

2018 Buick Enclave Safety

4.0/10

The 2018 Buick Enclave does quite well in the safety tests. It gets 5 out of 5 stars overall and inside crash in NHTSA crash tests. The Enclave also received superb ratings from IIHS for its incredible results from crash tests. Seven airbags come as standard in the Enclave that covers the dual front, front side, side curtain and driver's knee airbags. In addition, the 2018 Buick Enclave adds top active driver-assist safety features to experience a safe journey. Some of the safety features included in the 2018 Buick Enclave are:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Active Lane Keep assist
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Safety Alert Drivers Seat*

*Safety Alert seat vibrates when other safety systems are activated.

2018 Buick Enclave Competition

9.6/10

Acura MDX vs Buick Enclave 

The Acura MDX and 2018 Buick Enclave both lie in the same class, both are quite similar in performance and fuel economy, too. But still, the Enclave is a better option than the Acura MDX. For starters, the MDX fails to provide comfortable space for adults in the third row, neither does it provide enough cargo space.

2018 Acura MDX Three Quarter View

The infotainment system of MDX has a steep learning curve. On top of that, the MDX has a higher price than the Enclave. All in all, the Enclave matches all of MDX’s strengths and does better in its weaknesses.

GMC Acadia vs Buick Enclave

If this competition was for the year 2017, the Acadia would have emerged as the clear winner. But alas, the 2018 Buick Enclave makes the competition much fiercer. The new Enclave is longer than Acadia, by almost 11 inches. It has a wider yet more aerodynamic stance.

2018 GMC Acadia Three Quarter View

In terms of power, both perform equally, although Acadia generates more torque. Acadia also has a slightly better fuel economy but seeing that it also has a higher price, the benefits don’t outweigh the cost difference.

2018 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

Affordable or luxurious? Powerful or Economic? If these are the dilemmas in your mind for choosing your next SUV, then the 2018 Buick Enclave is here for your rescue. The new Enclave is a well-balanced amalgam of luxury and affordability. It is cheaper than some higher trims of rivals like Ford or Honda, while still being feature-filled like an entry-level Lexus or Acura. Although Enclave’s price tag is not what everyone would call ‘affordable’, one look at what it has to offer more than just justifies that price.

Enclave offers power from its V6 engine and a smooth and comfortable ride from its spacious and tech-filled cabin. It may not be the best, but it is definitely one of the toughest competition in the class. Competitors like the Acadia or MDX do surpass the Enclave in a field or two, but with all things considered, Enclave continues to stand out with its new body and a refreshed soul.

2018 Buick Enclave Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.4

based on 122 ratings


7.5/10 Features
7.6/10 Interiors
7.5/10 Design
7.5/10 Safety
7.6/10 Reliability
7.3/10 Deal Value

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2018 Buick Enclave Overall Reviews


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Kimberly

2018 Buick Enclave

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

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 28, 2021

2018 Buick Enclave

Pros - "Lots of cargo space Roomy, quiet cabin"

Cons - "Some cheap interior materials High ownership costs for the class"

Very affordable but very sluggish It's a fantastic car with an interior that rivals even more luxurious cars. The only thing that irritates me is that the cupholders are too small to accommodate a stick. I am quite impressed with the immaculate ambience that the dealership has to offer. I was in the company of Clara Huges who guided me through the car in and out. All the covid norms were being followed inside the showroom and that too social distancing was kept in consideration.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

KC

Kathryn J. Cook

2018 Buick Enclave

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 26, 2021

Enclave makes a difference

Pros - Good boot and comfortable ride

Cons - Nothing to mention

Comfortable in city and highways The interiors were very impressive. the audio output is beyond expectation and the ride quality was very comfortable.works well in the city and highways. feels Nothing bad about it. Abbeville

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Karen W. Brooks

2018 Buick Enclave

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 19, 2021

Family hauler.

Pros - Sleek design, elegant interior with high quality materials, lavish seating

Cons - High maintenance cost, reduced rear visbility

The perfect premium family car. The love the way they have redesigned the Enclave inside-out. It does have a premium appeal now and this is one of the factors that boiled me down to buying this one. There is no compromise in the practical bits as it is one of the spaceous three rowers we came across in our search. The cabin does feel upclass and the seats are large when compared to others. Driving this this around is easy as the steering wheel is light and the transmission in auto mode does a decent job as weel. my daughter occasionally takes it to college and finds it easy to tuck around in traffic. A perfect wagon for family vacations as you get lots of seating and a generous cargo as well in addition. They have got a big dealership there; lots of cars in stock. Maria was vey helpful in picking the trim for my new Enclave

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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