A MODERNIZED BUICK ENCLAVE
Ten years ago, the first Buick Enclave rolled off production lines. By 2014, it had been recognized as one of the top-ranking Affordable Midsize SUVs in the U.S. But with the popularity of the brand’s SUV lineup, it’s no wonder the automaker has decided to completely transform the now- large luxury crossover into a lighter, leaner version of the seven-passenger people mover.
Competing with the likes of the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and the Volvo XC90, the all-new Enclave rides on the same platform as the GMC Acadia, the Chevy Traverse and the Cadillac XT5. And while it may hail as a full-size SUV, make no mistake, this vehicle is just as big on comfort – critics praise its smooth ride, quiet cabin and responsive handling.
The automaker ‘s goal is to portray a smart, stylish and more progressive look. Some of the changes those of us here at Arnie Bauer noticed along those lines include a sleeker more muscular design, a lower “floating” roofline, redesigned grille and front end, sharper windshield, Evonik Acrylite bi-functional LED projector headlamps and tail lamps, and 18 inch standard wheels. A few other features that come to mind are lighter material, greater towing capacity, and an increase in third-row space – 5.6 more inches of legroom – according to GM’s blog.
Inside the 2018 Enclave boasts premium leather materials with Shale and Chestnut interior hues with Ebony accents , tri-zone climate controls, Andriod Auto and Apple Carplay smartphone integration, optional dual-pane moonroof, a frameless 8-inch diagonal infotainment system, 10-speaker, Bose audio system, front parking sensors, , OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
In terms of safety, the restyled crossover comes equipped with a standard rear vision camera, rear vision camera, seven airbags, electronic stability control, integrated turn signal mirrors, optional rear cross traffic alert, following distance indictor, Safety Alert seat, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning and active lane keep assist.
Buick is known for the brand’s “benchmark quietness”. This is partly attributed to the automaker’s QuietTuning and active noise cancellation technology. This system helps to reduce, block and absorb noise, while the vehicle’s design help seal-off interior noise through sound-deadening acoustics.
The 2018 Enclave sports Buick’s new luxury Avenir trim and is powered by 3.6 liter V-6 and for around $43,500 the comfort, handling, luxury and performance you’ve come to expect in a more modern package – is deal you can’t pass up at your Matteson Buick dealer.