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2017 Buick Enclave Review

The 2017 Buick Enclave ranks in the top third of its class thanks to its above-average predicted reliability rating, high-end cabin, and roomy seats in all three rows. Its poor turning ability, weak engine, and tricky infotainment system keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed, comfortable ride
  • Spacious seating for up to eight
  • Lots of room for cargo
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Underpowered engine
  • Complicated infotainment system

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Buick Enclave's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Buick Enclave has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 97 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Buick Enclave Overview

Is the 2017 Buick Enclave a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Buick Enclave is a good midsize SUV. It carries a high price tag, but you get a lot for the money. The Enclave has first-rate cabin materials, lots of cargo space, and plenty of standard features. It also has a roomier third row than many of its rivals, with enough space for older kids and smaller adults.

This Buick isn't perfect, however. The base engine is underpowered at times, and it drinks a lot of gas. The infotainment system is complicated and responds slowly to inputs. Finally, several rivals offer sharper handling.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 97 Buick Enclave reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Buick Enclave?

There are nearly 700 used 2017 Enclaves listed for sale on our site. Prices range from a low of $25,500 to a high of $39,900, with an average list price of $31,800. That’s a bit higher than average for the class. Many rivals – including the 2017 Kia Sorento, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, and 2017 Nissan Murano – have average prices of less than $30,000. The price you pay depends on the vehicle’s trim, condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Buick Enclave Cost to Own?

A used 2017 Buick Enclave’s estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs total just over $27,700, which is a couple thousand dollars higher than the class average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Buick Enclave?

The fully redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave starts at nearly $40,000. That’s $8,200 higher than the average list price of the 2017 model. However, it has many improvements over the previous generation that may be worth the added cost. The 2018 gets a new V6 base engine with 22 more horsepower, slightly better fuel economy, and a new nine-speed transmission, replacing the previous model’s six-speed.

New standard features for 2018 include an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Newly available features include wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, a safety alert seat, automatic emergency braking, and more.

However, the 2018 Enclave does lose a few things. It can only seat seven, and its cargo capacity is about 18 cubic feet lower than in the 2017 model.

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Just because your budget aligns with the average price of a used 2017 Enclave doesn’t mean a used car is your only option. For example, the base 2019 Kia Sorento has a starting price that is about $5,800 lower than the 2017 Enclave’s average price of $31,800. The 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $31,230. It’s a top-ranking SUV with a lovely cabin and many standard advanced safety features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Buick Enclave?

The 2017 Buick Enclave has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Buick Enclave Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Buick Enclave has no reported recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Buick Enclave Is Best?

The 2017 Enclave is part of the SUV’s first generation, which spans the 2008 to 2017 model years. The SUV received its only major updates for 2013 and 2014, and there were no significant changes for 2015, 2016, or 2017. As a result, you can save money by shopping for earlier models that still have nearly all the same features and comparable performance of newer models. In particular, the 2015 Enclave is your best bet if saving money is your prime objective.  

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Which Used Buick Enclave Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Enclave is available in three trims: Convenience, Leather, and Premium. The Buick Enclave Convenience comes standard with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB inputs, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a power liftgate, remote start, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and alloy wheels. That’s an excellent array of standard features, making the Convenience trim a smart buy.

The appropriately named Buick Enclave Leather adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a heated steering wheel. This is the lowest trim available with all-wheel drive. Lastly, the Buick Enclave Premium includes heated and cooled front seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, a navigation system, and a Bose stereo.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully.

Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Enclave?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Enclave the top score of Good in all four categories tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Enclave a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side crash safety, as well as four stars for rollover safety.

A rearview camera is standard. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning are available.

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2017 Buick Enclave Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Enclave or 2017 Kia Sorento?

The 2017 Kia Sorento has a bit more appeal than the Enclave. The Kia bests the Buick in predicted reliability, it gets better gas mileage estimates, and it has a significantly lower average list price. Additionally, the Sorento is available with a few safety features not offered with the Enclave, including a 360-degree camera system and adaptive cruise control. Finally, the Sorento has more front and rear legroom.

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick Enclave or 2017 Honda Pilot?

Like the Enclave, the 2017 Honda Pilot is a good choice if you’re shopping for a midsize SUV with an attractive, well-made cabin and three comfortable rows of seats. The Pilot gets better fuel economy estimates, and it offers more advanced safety features than the Enclave. The Buick, however, has much more cargo space and a slightly higher predicted reliability rating. These two SUVs are pretty evenly matched.

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2017 Buick Enclave Performance

How Does the 2017 Buick Enclave Drive?

A 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 powers the 2017 Buick Enclave, and it’s mated to a six-speed automatic. The Enclave struggles to climb hills or merge onto the highway, especially when it’s loaded with passengers and cargo. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in all but the base model.

The 2017 Enclave maintains composure through wide turns and at cruising speeds. However, the SUV’s turning radius is rather wide, so it can be difficult to maneuver into tight spaces.

Does the 2017 Buick Enclave Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Enclave gets just 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. These are some of the lowest estimates in the class.

2017 Buick Enclave Towing Capacity

The 2017 Enclave can tow up to 4,500 pounds when equipped with an available towing package. Models without the package can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

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2017 Buick Enclave Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Buick Enclave Seat?

The 2017 Enclave has seating for seven. A second-row bench seat is available on select trims, which raises the total seating capacity to eight. The Enclave's interior showcases an upscale look and feel, with a clean design and quality, soft-touch surfaces. All three rows have good head- and legroom. The third row has more space than most of the Enclave’s rivals, making it easy for kids and even small adults to get comfortable. The second-row seats can slide and recline to better accommodate passengers.

The Enclave’s cabin has attractive styling and many quality materials. Its padded dashboard has an especially upmarket look and feel as well. On the downside, this Buick’s back window is rather slim and impedes rear visibility.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Buick Enclave?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats. The third-row middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The IIHS gave the SUV’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Buick Enclave Features

Standard features in the 2017 Enclave include tri-zone automatic climate control, remote vehicle start, a 6.5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration. Available features include power-folding mirrors, navigation, and a premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers.

The dashboard features vibrant gauges and redundant controls that are easily accessible from the driver’s seats. However, the IntelliLink system isn’t as user-friendly. The touch screen is occasionally slow to respond to inputs, and some of the icons are hard to see. Additionally, the screen’s position on the dashboard is out of the driver’s line of sight.

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2017 Buick Enclave Dimensions

Buick Enclave Cargo Space

The Enclave has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. There is 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, or 68.9 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded. Total cargo capacity expands to 115.2 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. A power liftgate comes standard.

2017 Buick Enclave Length and Weight

The 2017 Buick Enclave is 16.8 feet long. Front-wheel-drive models have a curb weight of 4,724 pounds, and all-wheel-drive models weigh 4,922 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Buick Enclave Built?

Buick manufactured the 2017 Enclave in Michigan.

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