2020 Buick Enclave

Performance


#13 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$40,000
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2020 Buick Enclave Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.1

With its silky ride, poised handling, and energetic engine, the 2020 Buick Enclave is a great SUV with civilized road manners. It may not be the liveliest midsize SUV, but it’s more than capable of getting you around in comfort.

  • "On the move, the Buick feels alert and powerful, if never exciting. The nine-speed works through its many ratios with precision and smoothness, with the V-6 emitting a muted growl." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "It's clearly not trying to be a sports car like the Germans, but it's quick enough. This new nine-speed transmission works quite well and avoids the old GM habit of always staying in the highest gear where there's no power. It's very nice to drive." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "The V6 provides a responsive drive experience with plenty of power and smooth shifts that, in keeping with its luxury roots, won't disturb passengers even when you mash the gas pedal. It's all about comfort and ease in the Enclave from its powertrain performance to its interior." -- Boston Globe (2018)

Acceleration and Power

Buick equips the Enclave with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 310 horsepower. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers more than enough power for daily driving, and you won’t have much trouble getting up to speed on the highway. The standard engine stop-start system is barely noticeable, and the transmission makes smooth shifts.

At 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, the Enclave gets typical fuel economy estimates for the segment. All-wheel-drive models get 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

  • "It's not the quickest crossover, but the Enclave is fast enough that there's never any cause for anxiety when driving around town or merging onto the highway, and the engine goes about its business while leaving the passenger cabin undisturbed." -- Car and Driver
  • "Whether the Enclave packs front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, acceleration is ample, with a neat little engine note popping up when you really lay into the gas. The transmission works its way through the gears with such smoothness that it's hard to discern when it's shifting unless you're listening for it. This powertrain makes for properly smooth acceleration." -- CNET (2018)
  • "The really impressive thing about this powertrain is its smoothness, and the transmission is truly the highlight of the new Enclave's refined drive experience. This CUV is already quiet, but its buttery shifts make acceleration a completely drama-free activity. … While we could hear the shifts happening under full throttle, we couldn't really feel them." -- Autoblog (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Enclave provides a coddling ride, cruising over most road flaws with minimal disruption. With its responsive steering, strong brakes, and controlled body movements, it feels composed on winding roads and around turns. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "A well-damped suspension helps the Enclave hide its mass, but it never feels as athletic as the Audi Q7. Instead, it trades on comfort with a smooth, luxurious ride, gliding over pockmarked asphalt and barely registering harsher impacts. The steering provides an appropriate amount of feedback for a crossover, responds relatively crisply, and is nicely weighted." -- Car and Driver
  • "When the going gets spirited, there's surprisingly little body roll for such a big vehicle. Whether or not your Enclave comes with electronic adaptive dampers, its ride is on the comfortable side without feeling like the chassis is wallowing about." -- CNET (2018)
  • "The steering on the Enclave is precise and communicative. The electric variable-assist power steering also features an active return assist feature that gives the steering a lighter touch when unwinding the wheel. The ride is well-damped and comfortable and the vehicle exhibits little in the way of body roll when pushed in corners. Four-wheel disc brakes provide plenty of linear-feel stopping power." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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