2019 Buick Enclave – Review & Road Test

2019 Buick Enclave – Review & Road Test


Some of us are made to live that premium
life. No, no, not luxury life. I am NOT made of
money, but if you have premium tastes and you
need a seven passenger SUV the Buick Enclave might fit the bill. Sure the
Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, and Mazda CX-9 might entice you with their premium
delights, but the second-generation Enclave has a distinct aura defined by
soft materials and flowing style. Inside and out accent lines evoke the organic
strokes of a designer’s brush. Note the varying thickness of this chrome trim
piece. It’s thicker here like the artist was pressing more firmly and then eased
off in this direction. And try to ignore the fact that this bit doesn’t quite align. And as long as I’ve broken the seal unleashing my minor annoyances, I like
center consoles with two-tier storage, but in this case the upper tier is just
a removable bin. You have to set it somewhere if you want to access the
lower bin. Isn’t this usually attached to the lid or something? I’ll also mention that there’s no auto
up window for the driver, and this sunroof cover sounds awfully chintzy.
Thankfully the rear cover is, oh wait, it’s the exact same thing. Hmm, we are on
thin ice here. This visor better extend. Okay, we’re cool. Lastly, one of my new pet
peeves is when you have to push a button to unlock the car because they didn’t
put sensors on the inside of the door handle, and with that we’ve achieved peak
privilege. It’s all downhill from here. This is a good moment to crank up the
gratitude and focus on the positive. Third row is totally inhabitable with
two aboard. Might be tight with three but hey what a fantastic opportunity to
better know your seat mate. Move the sliding and reclining second row to an
intermediate position, and there’s ample room for me to sit behind myself twice
over. In all trims each row includes two USB ports and numerous cupholders. We
also dig the second rows flat floor though that flatness would be more
beneficial if the Enclave offered a second row bench instead of captains
chairs. Accessing the cargo area is done through a standard height adjustable
power tailgate, a helpful feature if you have a low garage. Generous cargo space
behind the third row is supplemented by a deep underfloor hold. Higher trims let
you motor down the third row, though these seats can get stuck if the second
row is positioned too far back. Elsewhere there’s decent door storage, a deep glove
box, and a USB adjacent phone nook. From a usability perspective the fonts look a
little small on the steering wheel and gauge cluster, but the dash is
wonderfully uncluttered with excellent division between the audio and climate
controls and all essential buttons within easy reach. Okay turning off the
parking sensors requires a slight stretch, but it is slight. Carmakers sometimes eliminate physical
buttons and hide those functions deep within the infotainment system but not
here. Frequently used functions are conveniently tabbed across the top of
the menus. The infotainment interface also offers easy access to standard
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity. An optional 360-degree
camera system and a shop function that lets you buy stuff using your car. I’m
not sure how that is easier than reaching for my, oh, peak privilege. Adding
to the drivers situational awareness is an easy-to-use multifunction gauge
cluster that puts supplemental navigation infotainment and vehicle
information near the driver’s view. Speaking of, the Enclave’s collision
warning system flashes the light on the windshield and vibrates the driver seat
when danger lurks ahead or behind. Either I’ve gotten used to the seat vibes or GM
has tweaked the intensity. I find it useful now instead of freaky, less freaky
Freaky-ness aside, the Enclave drives and rides in pleasing fashion. Buick’s quiet
tuning philosophy yields impressively silent results and at stops so does the
fuel saving automatic engine start/stop system. Note, starting in 2019 Buick will
allow drivers to deactivate the system and yet restarts are unobtrusive enough
I might just let the system do its thing. I know it’s a crazy world we’re living
in. From the drivers post the dash seems
high, making this the rare vehicle where I prefer a raised seating position.
Looking rearward the mirror seems small, but it’s actually perfectly sized for
the back glass. Notice how the window cuts the rear
sight line below head level, so if a trio of Ford GTs is tailgating you you’ll
never know it. Around corners the steering is slow, light and smooth. The
Enclave is a driver’s car in as much as it requires a driver. That’s me! For propulsion all Buick Enclave’s feature
a 3.6-liter V6 matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Add the towing
package and the Enclave can drag up to 5,000 pounds. Front wheel drive comes
standard, but all wheel drive traction is available for $2,000 with a minimal
impact of fuel economy. When cruising, these shifts are super smooth though the
nine-speed doesn’t hesitate to kick down a gear or two when I feel the need, the
need for acceleration. Does everybody know what torque steer is? It’s that
thing where in high horsepower front-wheel drive cars when you floor it
the steering wants to go right or left. What’s amazing is that the Enclave in
front wheel drive version doesn’t do that. Consider that license to flooring
everywhere you go. Choose a front-wheel drive
$41,000 base trim, and it’s generous equipment list includes tri-zone
automatic climate control, seven airbags and keyless access with push-button start. Nab a top tier all-wheel drive Avenir trim with heated and ventilated
leather seats, wireless phone charging and lane keep assist, and the MSRP lands
around $58,000. As a premium product natural Enclave
competitors include the Volvo XC90 and Acura MDX, though each has a higher starting price. Consideration set could also include
upscale iterations of the Ford Explorer, VW Atlas, and Toyota Highlander. Or if you want to keep it in the GM family you might investigate the
Enclave’s cheaper platform mate the Chevrolet Traverse. However you slice it, the Buick Enclave
is a roomy quiet smooth riding SUV. If you’re ready to live that premium life,
and I think you are, you could do a lot worse.

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    jared novak

    I think it looks so damn good. But look at any used 5 years old enclave and they age terribly. The interiors fall apart and they have massive electric and transmission issues. But if they gave me a long bumper to bumper warranty I may be tempted….

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    Ali Erikenoglu

    This car is garbage. Any of its competition is a quantum leap better. At the risk of sounding redundant, this car is garbage. Finally, if one considers the resale value of this poor excuse for a vehicle… you are screwed yet again.

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    Lawrence

    @4:38 The Enclave has a rear view display in the mirror and that would totally eliminate the issue. My friend loves that function.

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    Tyler Beeson

    You can get a loaded Lexus RX350L, a Q7 (kinda base tho), MDX, and more for this money. No auto up down for all 4 windows as $58k? You’re joking. Very chintzy and cheap. Love the design, but man are they ripping you off. Plus they don’t hold their value too well.

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    drea177cha5er

    I feel buick really has been doing good stuff quietly- we got one of those small ones the encore and its surprising how quiet and comfortable it is. Sure its as slow as molasses rolling down a glacier but its nice to just be comfortable sometimes

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    Shawn Childs

    I honestly hate that GM makes the Traverse, Enclave, and Acadia all on the same platform. I drove each of the last gens today at work and they all drove exactly the same and had the exact same issues and shared so many of the same interior parts. It’s ridiculous.

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    Lawrence

    The refinement in the CX-9 doesn't compare to the Enclave. We had a chance to test drive both back to back at a auto show. The engine in the CX-9 lacks power for a large car and the engine noise is intrusive at high rpm.

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    stupid8911

    Anyone else think that the Auto-Stop thing should be standard (with On/Off option) on every vehicle? I can't imagine all the smog emitted while in traffic/stop-lights/drive-thru. Thoughts?

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    Benjamin Francis

    I just don't see the point of this car. If you want premium there are way better options and the Traverse is arguably better styled and far cheaper.

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    CalienteFrijoles

    I hadn’t really liked Buick before but this model is pretty cool. I like the infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and the standard look is some negative blue color on the icons. Between this and the GMC Acadia I’m honestly hard pressed

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    DuuudeMaaan

    It’s okay but there’s a LOT of better options for the money, unless you can get this on a good deal or used.
    Depreciation is a lot on Buick’s.

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    Turf Surf

    One thing I hate about most GM cars is chrome everywhere! Except for the new Cadillacs, they got the best interiors.

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    Blake Swan

    $58k for that?! No. GM fit and finish is just horrid. Everything is cheap but the price. Chrome plastic is not Premium

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    Ricky Logan Jr.

    Hi Micah 😄, will you review the 2019 Volvo S60? Please. Your review of the Enclave was great and funny. You have an infectious personality that makes you very likeable. In your vid reviews you are completely you, and that what makes your reviews so awesome.

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    Lenwood Cruze

    This is just too much….I can clearly see why todays driver is soo isolated,soo disconnected from the driving experience while I look at you review this… Todays driver is lazy.

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    Juan Buquet Blumenfeld

    The rear of this car looks ugly like a 2009 Hyundai Veracruz. The steering wheel still looks outdated.

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    Hoder Harris

    Have been a fan of this channel but it seems to me the snarky meter is now more than i can take. Dial it back a bit and spend more time giving us a smart, entertaining review. It feels as if you guys would rather be anywhere but reviewing this car.

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    Jameson Mower

    No auto window? No sensors? And a cheap sounding sunroof? This is a genuinely disappointing car for $58,000, especially for Buick.

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    J CR

    I have a 2013 Enclave and it still looks and drives like new today. The CVT has plenty of pickup and passing power. Also, the suspension is buttery soft and it had the best seats I’ve ever rode on in an automobile. If the prior generation is any indication, the new Enclave is worth the money.

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    James Dennis

    Another overpriced gas hog SUV. Of course there are dumbasses out there who will drop big money on one. But hey, there are enough fools who will spend about $100,000 an an Escalade.

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    Terry Jones

    Switch the rear view mirror to camera mode and you can see everything behind you… and you won't see the head rests on the rear seats.

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    Larry

    Well the seats in the 2019 Enclave aren’t any different than the ones in our 2016 Enclave, very uncomfortable, very hard and stiff, no cushion in them, like sitting on boards wrapped in leather…..My Ford F150 has nicer more comfortable seats , more cushion too. Try finding some seats that were in the 2008 Buick Lucerne, then you’ll have nice interior.

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    Eli Johnson

    Great review love this guy! Enclave isn’t worth the price though, honestly id just wait for the 2020 Ford Explorer

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    Gervonnie Jones

    The previous model had better exterior styling an better interior styling this model while nice just seems generic

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    minimechicago

    2018-19 enclave’s exterior has no personality, no identity. Just a big failure, ever noticed the new enclave’s sale is very disappointing, worse than the previous model? According to Buick, everything inside is improved dramatically; then it is arguably the new exterior styling which hurts the sale. To make Enclave great again, just simply bring back the old styling. I won’t ever buy 18-19 model, instead I’ll buy older model used, just for its exterior styling.

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    Julius McDow

    Micah: Hello, Hello, HELLO!
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    🤦🏾‍♂️ I'm so easily amused it's pitiful lol

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    Eric Zetterlund

    A: Buick are ugly B: OMG why do people complain about pushing a button to unlock the doors? Give me a break C: 2nd row bench sucks, I much prefer the captains chairs. This guy is on crack to be so out of this world

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