2017 Buick Enclave

Review, Pricing, and Specs

2017 buick enclave
Alex ConleyCar and Driver


When it debuted as a 2008 model, the Buick Enclave was lauded for its breakthrough design, quiet cabin, and revitalizing effect on the Buick brand. Now in its ninth model year without a major update, its outdated interior, archaic infotainment system, and languid performance all shine a harsh light on the Enclave’s age. Fortunately, 2017 is the final year of this generation, as an all-new Enclave will debut as a 2018 model and will ride on GM’s latest crossover platform.

What's New for 2017?

The only notable change for 2017 is a new Sport Touring package, which features a glossy black grille, special 20-inch chrome wheels with black accents, and other unique trim.


Original MSRP:

  • Convenience: $39,990
  • Leather: $44,690
  • Premium: $48,550

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    With unremarkable engine power and a six-speed automatic transmission that could rightfully be called lazy, the Enclave won’t win any drag races. The 3.6-liter V-6 makes 288 horsepower and routes its output through the automatic gearbox to either the front or all four wheels. Our all-wheel-drive test vehicle managed a rather sedate 7.9-second run from zero to 60 mph, so the Enclave isn’t quick. The transmission shifts slowly, so motoring around town and merging into traffic can be laborious. While we don’t expect a three-row crossover to carve up twisty roads with the sharpness of a sports car, the Enclave is still disappointing to drive. Tuned for maximum comfort, it floats on smooth pavement but rolls like a listing cruise ship through corners. The steering is overly light, and a lack of on-center feel requires constant steering corrections on the highway.

    Fuel Economy

    EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The Enclave does not lack passenger space—it’s one of the roomiest vehicles in its class, especially in the third row of seats. Unfortunately, the interior design is dated, and its subpar materials do not match its premium price tag. Overall, The Enclave’s cabin is far less luxurious than expected. There are soft-touch materials scattered about, but they’re layered in with very cheap-feeling, hollow plastic. When it comes to hauling cargo, the Enclave’s mammoth size gives it an advantage over most rivals. We were able to fit four carry-on suitcases behind the third row, and with all the seats stowed, the Enclave swallowed a whopping 30 cases.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Buick has attempted to modernize the Enclave’s in-car tech by offering a Wi-Fi hotspot and SiriusXM satellite radio as standard features. But the small display, outdated software, and tiny icons are obvious weaknesses. A 6.5-inch touchscreen IntelliLink infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and an auxiliary input are standard equipment. Options include navigation and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

    Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings

    For more information about the Buick Enclave’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.


    Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.

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