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2020 Buick Enclave Review

The 2020 Buick Enclave ranks in the top half of the midsize SUV class. It has a refined ride and an energetic powertrain, and it offers a rich array of tech features and a large cargo hold. That said, the Enclave struggles to match the sportiness and interior quality of some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Gentle ride
  • Strong engine
  • Large cargo hold
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Less sporty than competitors

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Buick Enclave's #7 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Buick Enclave has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 8.6
Safety: 8.9
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Is the Buick Enclave a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2020 Buick Enclave is a good midsize SUV. With plenty of space for passengers and cargo, lots of tech, a refined powertrain, and a gentle ride, there’s a lot to like about this Buick. Outside of some low-rent cabin materials, it doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. It’s simply stuck in a segment filled with great vehicles.

Should I Buy the Buick Enclave?

The Enclave is an appealing choice, particularly if you’re looking for a classy three-row SUV that’s more affordable than luxury alternatives like the Audi Q7. However, there are lots of appealing classmates. For instance, the Mazda CX-9 offers more dynamic handling than the Enclave, and it has a rich cabin.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Buick Enclave?

The 2020 Enclave belongs to a generation that launched for the 2018 model year. The 2019 model got a renamed base trim, but there were no major changes. For 2020, Buick only made a few minor tweaks. Perhaps the most significant is a new Sport Touring package available in the Essence trim that adds larger alloy wheels and restyled exterior elements. You could save money by shopping for a nearly identical older model, which likely costs less.

Be sure to read our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Enclave reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Buick Enclave in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions with professional evaluations from 28 automotive sources.

This Buick Enclave review incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which includes the 2018 through 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Buick Enclave Cost?

The 2020 Buick Enclave has a base MSRP of $40,000. That’s higher than many midsize rivals but lower than many luxury competitors. The Enclave's high-end Avenir trim starts at $53,800.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Buick dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Buick deals page.

Buick Enclave Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Buick Enclave or Chevrolet Traverse?

The Chevrolet Traverse is another General Motors SUV, and it has a lot in common with the Enclave. Both vehicles feature the same powertrain, as well as similar cargo-carrying capacities and passenger space. Although the Buick has more standard features and a higher-quality cabin than the Chevy, you’ll pay about $10,200 more to get it. If you can forgo the extra luxury, the Traverse is the more economical bet.

Which Is Better: Buick Enclave or GMC Acadia?

The GMC Acadia is also related to the Enclave, though not as closely as the Traverse. Compared to the Enclave, the Acadia falls short in several areas. It has less cargo space (it's a smaller vehicle overall), and you're probably better off skipping its standard four-cylinder engine in favor of the optional V6. The Acadia also has fewer upscale cabin materials than the Enclave. Unless the smaller size of the Acadia is appealing to you, the Enclave is a better choice.

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Enclave Interior

How Many People Does the Enclave Seat?

The 2020 Buick Enclave seats seven people in three rows. Heated and power-adjustable front seats are standard, as is cloth upholstery. Upgrades include leather upholstery, ventilation and massage functions for the front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, a power-folding third row, and a heated steering wheel.

The first two rows are spacious and comfortable, and the second row slides forward to allow easy entry to the back. Two adults will be OK in the third row for short trips, but on longer journeys, that space is best left for kids.

Enclave and Child Car Seats

This SUV has two full sets of LATCH connectors for the second row. There are also tether anchors for each third-row seat.

Enclave Interior Quality

Despite some nice cabin materials, a few cheap plastics keep this Buick from looking or feeling as upscale as some rivals.

Enclave Cargo Space

This vehicle has 23.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which is pretty good for a three-row SUV. It has 58 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum cargo capacity of 97.6 cubic feet. These figures are above average for the midsize SUV class.

Enclave Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Enclave Preferred comes with a wide array of tech features. Its infotainment system has an 8-inch touch screen, smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, and Siri Eyes Free. Navigation, wireless device charging, a premium 10-speaker Bose sound system, an 8-inch driver display, and a dual-pane moonroof are available.

It’s easy to use the Enclave’s technology. There are plenty of physical controls for commonly used functions, and the touch screen responds quickly to inputs.

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Enclave Performance

Enclave Engine: Strong and Smooth

The sole powertrain in the Enclave is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Enclave has a peppy engine, swift acceleration, and a smooth transmission. The standard engine stop-start system engages with minimal disruption.

Enclave Gas Mileage: Par for the Course

This vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That’s typical for a midsize SUV. Adding all-wheel drive reduces each figure by 1 mpg.

Enclave Ride and Handling: Gentle Cruiser

This Buick rides gently over most roads, and its suspension absorbs bumps and potholes well before they can jolt occupants. The Enclave is not athletic, but firm brakes and minimal body lean help it stay composed. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Enclave Reliability

Is the Buick Enclave Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Enclave a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Buick Enclave Warranty

Buick covers the Enclave with a basic warranty lasting three years or 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty lasting five years or 60,000 miles.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Buick Enclave?

The cost of insuring a Buick Enclave will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Enclave Safety

Enclave Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Enclave an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Enclave earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Enclave the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The Enclave received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The IIHS uses a different scale for evaluating collision avoidance features. This Buick earned the highest rating of Superior for its vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system. The vehicle-to-pedestrian system received the second-highest rating of Advanced or the highest rating of Superior, depending on trim level and packages.

Enclave Safety Features

Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are the only standard safety features in this SUV.

A slew of driver aids is available. These include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, low-speed forward automatic emergency braking, high-speed emergency braking, a rear camera mirror, a surround-view parking camera system, a following distance indicator, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and front parking sensors. Also available is a safety alert seat that vibrates to alert drivers of potential hazards.

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Buick Enclave Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Enclave is about 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,359 to 4,685 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Buick Enclave Built?

Buick builds the 2020 Enclave in Michigan.

Which Buick Enclave Model Is Right for Me?

Buick offers the Enclave in four trim levels: Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Since they have the same engine – a 3.6-liter V6 – the main difference between them is features. The base trim comes fairly well-equipped in terms of technology, making it a good pick. However, shoppers after more safety features, leather upholstery, or all-wheel drive should look to at least the Enclave Essence, as it’s the first trim to offer them as options.

Buick Enclave Preferred

The entry-level Preferred trim has a starting MSRP of $40,000. It comes with an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Also standard are a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, as well as a hands-free power liftgate.

Although a few packages are available, they only add exterior styling tweaks, such as roof rails or a chrome grille. AWD is not available in this trim.

Buick Enclave Essence

The Essence trim gains lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and leather seats. It retails for $42,000. Adding AWD costs $2,000.

In addition to the packages available for the Preferred trim, the Essence can be outfitted with a moonroof for $1,400. A rear camera mirror and surround-view parking camera system can be had for $825. The Sound and Sites package costs $1,395 and adds navigation, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, and a 10-speaker Bose stereo.

Buick Enclave Premium

With a base price of $48,400, the Buick Enclave Premium picks up a 10-speaker Bose stereo, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, a heated steering wheel, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third-row, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision alert with automatic braking, front parking sensors, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat.

Many of the same options and packages from previous trims are available. AWD costs $2,300 with the Premium trim.

Buick Enclave Avenir

The top-of-the-line Avenir trim has a starting MSRP of $53,800. It gains many of the options listed above, as well as an 8-inch customizable driver display, wireless device charging, and a wood-trimmed steering wheel.

AWD costs an additional $2,300 for Avenir models. Exclusive to this trim is the Avenir Technology package, which gives you a retuned chassis and suspension, upgraded automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control for $2,095.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Buick dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Buick deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Buick Enclave isn’t as elegant or athletic as many of its rivals, but it’s a decent pick. There’s a lot to like about the Enclave, but the same can be said for several other midsize SUVs, many of which surpass the Buick by offering more all-around appeal for less money.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Taken on its own, the Buick Enclave presents as a nicely equipped, semi-luxurious, child-toting family truckster. Its premium pricing, however, puts it toe-to-toe with true luxury offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, which dulls the Buick's shine. Sharing much of its mechanical bits with the down-market Chevrolet Traverse doesn't bolster its intended positioning, although its V-6 engine and driving demeanor are both smooth and agreeable. The Enclave trades instead on its cargo-friendly cabin and its attractively curvy exterior styling." -- Car and Driver
  • "This three-row full-sizer doesn't have the road-hugging chops of its European rivals. Nor is it the least expensive in the segment. But if you value a comfortable highway ride, a roomy and Buick signature quiet interior, and a robust list of features, it's worth exploring the Enclave's middle ground." -- Edmunds
  • "The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave reinforces its position as the flagship of the division's lineup, bringing fresh styling, a larger footprint and a new upscale trim level. These changes will help solidify the Enclave as a premium 3-row crossover SUV that's a cut above more mainstream offerings and is well-positioned to compete with established luxury models like the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 23, 2020

Very Low Sales: The Buick Enclave currently sits near the bottom in terms of sales among midsize SUVs; sales have nosedived by 41.6 percent in 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. Its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Traverse, is outselling the Enclave by more than 3 to 1.

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