The 2018 Buick Enclave is well-equipped in base trim, and bundles its options in reasonable trims and packages. We like its infotainment options well enough, too. Despite a loaded sticker that pushes hard against $60,000 now, we give it an 8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The 2018 Enclave comes in four trim levels: base, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. All models come with power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; air conditioning; keyless ignition; a power handsfree tailgate; and three-zone automatic climate control.
Also standard: LED headlights, heated power front seats, 18-inch wheels, cloth seats, and remote start.
Base prices start at $41,365. All-wheel drive is not offered on the base model.
Enclave Essence models start at $45,585 and add leather and blind-spot monitors. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option; a trailer package, navigation, surround-view cameras, a rear camera mirror, a power sunroof, and 20-inch wheels are available.
The $49,385 Enclave Premium has front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive costs $2,300 on this version, with the upgraded twin-clutch system. Premiums add 10-speaker Bose audio, cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, front parking sensors, a power third-row seat, a power steering column, forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking. Options mirror those on the Essence.
At the $54,390 Avenir trim level ($56,690 with all-wheel drive), the Enclave adds navigation, wireless smartphone charging, surround-view cameras, 20-inch wheels, and digital gauges. Options include the trailer package and a package that includes the adaptive dampers and adaptive cruise control, which send the Enclave’s sticker price over the $60,000 wall.
Buick Enclave infotainment and technology
The Enclave sports an AM/FM/XM audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and six USB ports sprinkled generously around the cabin. In-car wireless data services are available through hardware that supports AT&T 4G LTE connectivity.
Buick’s IntelliLink remains one of the simpler, cleaner infotainment interfaces. We still prefer the alternative interfaces Buick provides for free: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.