If you have a big family in need of a roomy SUV, the 2016 Buick Enclave may be a very attractive option. The vehicle provides versatility, is packed with a host of technological and safety features and provides a good fuel economy.
One of the best features of the SUV is its quiet and serene cabin. The vehicle is in fact rated as one of the quietest and smoothest crossover SUVs in its class. What’s more the SUV is very affordable.
2016 Buick Enclave Exterior
The 2016 Buick Enclave exterior look is futuristic. The model is based on a new platform which results in a significant reduction in its curb weight. The body is made up of lightweight materials such as aluminum which translates to around 400 lbs reduction in its curb weight. This transforms to better fuel economy and handling of the vehicle.
The vehicle will be availed in a wide range of exterior colors. At the front, the vehicle features a black-chromed waterfall grille, automatic on/off headlights and LED DRLs. Other features include heated side mirrors, power lift-gate front wipers with structure-less wiper blades, rear wipers with washer and chromed roof-mounted luggage rack side rails.
The leather trim features the same exterior specs. However, the top Premium trim adds articulating headlights and heated power-folding side mirrors. The Convenience and Leather trims will ride on 19-inch aluminum wheels while the Premium will feature on 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.
2016 Buick Enclave Interior
The cabin of the 216 Buick Enclave is spacious and elegantly styled. The cabin accommodates 23.3 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up and can be expanded by folding the rear seats if need be.
The vehicle features as standard the automaker’s 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot enabling passengers to stay connected all during long drives. The vehicle comes in three trim levels each with different trimmings.
The trims are Convenience, Leather and Premium. The base Convenience trim accommodates 7 passengers and features 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, power programmable door locks, power windows, remote starter, door mats, tri-zone climate control, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, audio and cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel and an auto dimming rearview mirror.
The Leather trim adds heated front seats, 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat, heated steering wheel and memory setting for two drivers.
The top Premium trim adds heated and ventilated front seat and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the Enclave is powered by a single drive-train. This engine is a 3.6 L, V-6 which pumps out 288 hp at 6,300 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system that conveys the power to either the front wheels or all wheels. The engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds which is slower than the average acceleration of large SUVs in the segment. However, most are equipped with V-8 mills.
The model used to have the best fuel economy ratings in its class but its competitors have since eclipsed it. It returns 17 mpg city and 24 mpg on highway for FWD models and 16mpg city and 22 mpg on highway for AWD models. The Acura MDX and the Infiniti QX60 return up to 27 mpg and 26 mpg for FWD and AWD models respectively while a diesel Audi Q7 returns up to 28 mpg.
The Buick can tow as much as 4,500 lbs. The good thing however is that the SUV runs on regular unleaded petrol unlike some of its rivals which run on premium-gasoline.
Price and release date
The 2016 Buick Enclave base model has an MSRP of $ 39, 065, the leather trim starts at $ 43,660 with an AWD model costing $ 2,000 extra.
The top-of-the range Premium models start at $ 47,515 and if you want an AWD, you will have to pay $ 2,000 extra. Buyers looking for more will have to pay extra for add-ons which can take the price to over $ 50,000.
The 2016 Buick Enclave will battle out with the likes of Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Lexus GX 460 and BMW X5.