Consumer Reports Reviews 2018 Buick Enclave To See If It’s The Smart Choice In A Crowded Segment

America’s love for SUVs has significantly transformed the way automakers do business, to the point where choosing a seven- or eight-seater model can be quite tricky.

But why would that be difficult? Well, because now, there are lots and lots of choices when it comes to these vehicles, and second, because not all of them are as good as they sound.

So, where does the Buick Enclave fall in? Consumer Reports took out the 2018MY version of the large crossover for a quick drive, and immediately found it “one of the most comfortable SUVs on the road”. The reviewer said that road and wind noise are barely noticeable, and the Enclave responds pretty good around corners, for a car of this size and class, of course.

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Generally speaking, the 2018 Buick Enclave wants to be a near-luxury alternative to other three-row SUVs in the segment, at a competitive price. And it does get plenty of comfort features inside, such as leather seats, chrome and wood trim, and an infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

Thanks to the physical buttons, the infotainment system is easy to use. But the same cannot be said about the gear selector, which was described as being “un-intuitive” in the review.

Also, the front seats are said to be firm and supportive, suited for extended trips, and thanks to the captain’s chairs, the second row is very roomy. The third row, on the other hand, is low and tight, but slide the second row a bit forward, and you’re all set.

But is that basically all there is to the 2018 Buick Enclave? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s scrolling down and checking out CR’s test.


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    The 3.6 in these things are plagued with timing issues.

    GM junk.

    • danno

      Timing issues? Can you be more specific ?

      • john1168

        Before 2012 the timing chains had a tendency to break after about 70k miles (give or take). It turned out to be a faulty oil seal of some sort that prevented the chain from being adequately lubricated and as a result breaking causing much damage inside the engine. IF this is the issue he’s talking about, it has been resolved.

    • john1168

      The issue was resolved after 2012.

  • john1168

    This is one of the nicest looking suv’s out there. It’s just too bad that Buick held back on some of the LUX bits in the interior even with the Avenir trim. A lot more power would be nice too.

  • Status

    Because Buick can pull in money that Pontiac couldn’t.

  • dumblikeyou2

    What once stood out in the crowd in the first generation, now gets totally lost with the second gen.

  • baofe

    GM is working on improving the brand image as a whole. They are working on providing electric vehicles unique to Buick and creating a sub-brand Avenir much like what Denali did for GMC. Overall yes, it’s true they sell a bunch in China but the Buick brand here in the states is in need of an overhaul, one that GM is slowly rolling out.

  • Status

    Sales performance in past decades means nothing, and isn’t correlated to performance today. The balance sheet at the end of the quarter matters more, and if the above Buick and command $53K, I’d find it very very difficult to believe that anyone would drop that kind of money on a Pontiac.

    Not even G8 GXP when new could reel in that kind of money, and I doubt that the G8 sold in any real volume to equal the same revenue as the current Enclave.

    Now you know why Buick is still around. It’s also the same reason GMC is still around.

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