2020 buick enclave

The Buick Enclave falls into the midsize SUV category and ranks pretty well in the class. Compared to others in the category it struggled to match sportiness and interior quality. I don’t know if the lack of sportiness is necessarily a downfall seeing that not everyone likes that style. This SUV caters to a different crowd, and that’s ok.

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Model Options

Four available trims include: Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir.

Interior

The Enclave gives you as much room as you would expect from a vehicle this size, and integrated are many comfort and convenience features. Its interior is attractive and practical, but material quality and attention to detail keeps the Enclave from staying competitive with its luxury-brand rivals.    

The midsize SUV seats up to 7 passengers. Cost cutting compromises convenience when only the passenger-side second-row seat slides forward to allow third-row passengers in and out.

Enclave is your best choice for cargo space. With seats down it fit 38 carry-on boxes and with the third row up it fit five carry-ons.

Drive Time

When it comes to fuel efficiency the Enclave is outshined by its luxury rivals, Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX.  On a drive through city streets you can expect to get 26 mpg. While on the highway, 18 mpg.  

If you will use this SUV for towing, a Trailering package ups the Enclave’s capacity to 5000 pounds.  

Tech and Safety

In between air vents is the standard 8.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen. The system is user-friendly, with crisp graphics, and many features.Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and users can connect their devices to the internet via an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot powered by a 4G LTE data connection.  

Navigation with real-time traffic and weather updates is an upgrade, as is wireless charging pad for your phone. USB ports are found on all three rows two per row to be exact.   

A five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sounds appealing, but adding almost all of the Enclave’s driver-assistance features requires paying a little more for an upgraded trim.   

Final Thoughts

I like that the Buick is different compared to its rivals. That alone is a great selling point, because who wants to be like everyone else? The standard technology offered is great, but the lack of standard safety features hurts. But, I wouldn’t cross it off your list before seeing it in person.   

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