The Buick Enclave SUV, which had been completely redesigned last year when it received the prestigious Wards 10 Best User Experiences award, has been upgraded for 2019 with several important new features.
New for 2019 is a Preferred FWD model, an automatic heated steering wheel which is now standard on Premium and Avenir models, while a new Ebony interior is now offered on the Avenir trim.
All versions are powered by a 3.6 L V6 aluminum engine that features dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing, and direct fuel injection. The engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, enough for trailering up to 5000 pounds when properly equipped. Power is delivered to a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive systems, based on the model, through a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.
Buick Enclave Avenir
The top-of-the-line Avenir trim features an exclusive three-dimensional mesh grille, 20-inch six-spoke wheels with a pearl nickel finish, a choice of five premium exterior colors, and a Chestnut interior with Ebony piping on the seats and contrasting stitching. The available Avenir Technology Package includes Adaptive Full-Speed Cruise Control with Stop-Go, Front Automatic Braking, a Premium Suspension Package and Continuously Variable Real Time Damping which provides a smooth, comfortable ride, while in Sport mode the system enhances handling and body control.
The new design gives the redesigned Enclave a sleeker look with aerodynamic benefits for greater efficiency. The lower roofline, sharper windshield angle and longer wheelbase all contribute to a more dramatic stance. Reinforcing the aggressive new styling are bi-functional LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps and 18” aluminum alloy wheels. Keyless open, remote start and remote vehicle starting systems are all standard.
Enter the interior of the 2019 Enclave and you’ll find warm wood tones, brushed chrome accents and leather-appointed first and second-row seating along with a 10% increase in overall interior space, including hidden underfloor storage. Heated front seats are standard on all models while the second-row SmartSlide seat provides easy access to the third row with an available power-folding third-row seat that provides class-leading capacity. Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard on all models.
As a Buick, there’s an expectation among consumers that any car or SUV that carries the Tri-Shield will offer exceptional ride comfort, and the 2019 Enclave is no exception. The new model features exclusive Buick QuietTuning technology that utilizes triple door sealing, acoustic laminated windshield, and front side glass, and optimized MacPherson strut front and five-link rear suspension, tuned to quiet outside noise.
Connectivity and Infotainment
A frameless eight-inch-diagonal Buick infotainment system handles connectivity and information and is standard on all models; includes six USB ports (two for infotainment, four for charging) and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phones. Your passengers can remain connected with the standard OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required).
Safety and Convenience
Standard safety equipment on all 2019 Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear park assist and seven airbags, including a front center side airbag. An available rear camera mirror allows the rearview mirror to function as a traditional mirror or a camera, expanding the rear field of vision by 300 percent, while the available Surround Vision provides overhead, 360-degree view around the vehicle while maneuvering at low speeds.
Airbags include frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger, driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head-curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions. A Driver Confidence Package is available on Essence and includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Driver Confidence II Package is available on Premium and Avenir, which includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Front, and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam headlamps.
Of course, the only way to truly experience all that the new 2019 Buick Enclave has to offer is to drive one. So come into Fletch’s GMC Buick and let the Buick experts walk you through the models and available options and then set you loose to experience the Enclave for yourself.