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2021 Buick Enclave Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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The American manufacturer, general motor’s luxury division, Buick has announced the details of the upcoming luxury crossover, the updated Enclave for the model year 2021. This car is one of the most competitive sections of the automobile market. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is going to roll out in a 3-row configuration with a clear focus on luxury with punchy performance.

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Pros

Extremely spacious interior

Extremely large cargo space

A good on-road performer at this price point

Good ride quality and handling

Cons

Cheap quality plastics used inside the cabin

Poor Fuel economy

Expensive as compared to other options

What's New?

Redesigned Headlamps

Redesigned taillamps

Updated infotainment

Added features to the Avenir model


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Buick Enclave in Dark Slate Metallic color 2021 Buick Enclave in Dark Moon Blue Metallic color 2021 Buick Enclave in Quicksilver Metallic color 2021 Buick Enclave in Red Quartz Tintcoat color
Dark Slate Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Buick Enclave Preferred

Preferred

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$41,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $41,195 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

2021 Buick Enclave Essence

Essence

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$43,195 - $45,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $43,195 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A
Essence 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $45,195 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

2021 Buick Enclave Premium

Premium

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$49,595 - $51,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $49,595 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $51,895 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

2021 Buick Enclave Avenir

Avenir

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$54,995 - $57,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Avenir 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $54,995 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A
Avenir 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $57,295 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

Expert Review


In this fast-paced developing section of the automobile industry, the 2021 Buick  Enclave sits in a highly competitive space and competes against the 2021 Acura MDX, 2021 Infiniti QX60, and the 2021 Cadillac XT-5. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is a luxurious SUV, loaded with tech to make life easier.

The 2021 Buick  Enclave has a few upgrades since last time. But is the 2021 Buick  Enclave the best 3-row midsize luxury crossover? Does the 2021 Buick  Enclave stand well amongst its competitors? How is the performance of the 2021 Buick  Enclave? All these questions are going to be answered throughout the article. Let’s dive into the detailed review of the 2021 Buick  Enclave.

2021 Buick Enclave Front View
2021 Buick Enclave Rear View

2021 Buick Enclave Features

The 2021 Buick Enclave will be available in 4 trim levels for the US market, which are, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and top of the line Avenir. All trims powered by a standard 3.6L V6 that churns out 310 horsepower @ 6800rpm and has a maximum torque output of 266 lb/ft @ 2800rpm, the V6 will be the only engine option available for the Enclave. All trims except the base Preferred trim have the option for either an FWD or AWD configuration. 

Trim

Preferred

Essence

Premium

Avenir

MSRP (FWD)

$41,195

$43,195

$49,595

$54,995

MSRP (AWD)

-

$45,195

$51,895

$57,295

Key Features

Heated front passenger seats

Adds on Preferred features

Adds on Essence Features

Adds on Premium features

 

8” infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Leather Appoint front and second-row seats

AWD with Dual-Clutch Shifter

Built-in satellite navigation

 

Tri-zone Auto Climate Control

Air Ionizer

Bose high-performance 10 speaker audio system with amp and woofer

HD surround vision

 

Remote Start

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Vented front seats with Lumbar Support

Power moonroof with rear fixed sunlight

 

4G LTE WiFi Hotspot

AWD with Single Clutch Shifter

Captains Chair 2nd Row seats with heating

Rear camera mirror

 

Active Noise Cancellation cabin

 

Folding 3rd-row seats

*2020 data used for reference

The updated Buick Enclave features an all-new infotainment screen that’s mounted flush with the dashboard, 3 rows of comfortable seating, Active Noise-canceling cabin, HD surround vision, a hands-free power tailgate, heated front seats, and 4G LTE Wifi hotspot are standard across all trims. Every step up the trim ladder will only add more features. The fully-loaded Avenir trim gets satellite navigation, a dual-clutch shifter with the AWD configuration, a power moonroof, lumbar support for the front seats, and a Bose premium 10 speaker audio system with an amp and a woofer along with the classic Avenir badge. 

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Buick Enclave

The 2021 Buick  Enclave will be available with the same trim levels as the ones found in the outgoing model. There has not been formal information from Buick, but it is expected to land somewhere around $50,000 with the basic upgrades and destination charges included.

The pricing of the 2021 Buick  Enclave is expected to be on the higher end of the spectrum, as per the features it has to offer. The top-line model of the 2021 Buick  Enclave is the Avenir which costs around $80,000 ( destination charges inclusive) and still has abundant use of cheap materials all over the car. Although the car has a balance between good chrome accents and the plastic still feels cheap and ruins the luxurious feel of the car. The cabin has leather stitched on to the dashboard and the steering which gives quite a comfortable and premium feel to the interior.

Although there has been no official word on the release of the 2021 Buick  Enclave it is expected to be launched around mid-October 2020. There could be a delay in the release of the 2021 Buick  Enclave due to the unforeseen pandemic situation. Although we can expect a late 2020 entry or an early 2021 arrival of the 2021 Buick  Enclave.

2021 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

The 2021 Buick  Enclave is going to be an average on-road performer. With a standard 3.6 liter V6 engine which is optimized to give an output of 310 horsepower at 266 lb-ft of torque, this car would definitely have enough grunt to get it moving, but it could have been better in terms of performance. The 2021 Buick  Enclave has a 9-speed automatic transmission that is standard across the lineup and delivers smooth and effortless shifts.

2021 Buick Enclave Engine Bay

The standard drivetrain is the front-wheel-drive although you can also opt for the all-wheel-drive as well. Moving on to the actual performance of the 2021 Buick  Enclave, it is not too shabby but definitely lacks the oomph that is expected at this price point.

Models

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5

MSRP

$50,000

$44,400

$44,350

$42,690

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9 Speed Automatic

9 Speed automatic

CVT with manual shift mode

8 Speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

310hp@6,800rpm

290hp@ 6,200rpm

295hp@6,400rpm

310hp@ 6,700rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

266lb-ft@2,800rpm

267lb-ft@ 4,700rpm

270lb-ft@4,800rpm

271lb-ft@ 5,000rpm

Compared to the competition the 2021 Buick  Enclave has performed decently in the performance section.. defeating the Acura MDX and even, in fact, the Honda Pilot. The performance of the 2021   Enclave is enhanced by the all-wheel drive and the 9-speed automatic gearbox. Overall a good performance and acceleration.

How quick is the 2021 Buick Enclave?

Moving on to the acceleration of the 2021 Buick  Enclave, the car goes from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is really heavy. The curb weight is around 4,500 lbs. The acceleration is decent. The 2021 Buick  Enclave could have reduced some weight off the doors which are super heavy for improving their 0-60 mph time.

2021 Buick Enclave Side Angle View

Looking at the quarter-mile timings, the 2021 Buick  Enclave takes roughly 15.1 seconds. Which is very decent respect to the weight. Implying that the weight balance has been kept in mind and has been modified in such a way to improve acceleration.

Models

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5*

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.6 sec

7.6 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile 

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

16 sec

15.1 sec

Top Speed 

N/A

155 MPH

120 MPH

125 MPH

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

The 2021 Buick  Enclave may not be the fastest one out there, but still cranks out a decent performance and gives a really plush driving experience. The 2021 Buick  Enclave has a top speed of around 155 mph which is very good in terms of the size of the car. When compared to some of its other V6 powered rivals like the Cadillac XT5, it is a smidge quicker off the line but has similar quarter-mile timings to the Caddie.

How well does the 2021 Buick Enclave brake?

The 2021 Buick Enclave will come equipped with the same ventilated disk brakes setup as seen in the outgoing model and ABS on all 4 wheels. The braking is quite efficient and can bring the Enclave to a standstill from 60mph in 134 feet. While this is not the best figure in the segment, we would like to remind you that the Enclave is the largest car in the segment and has a curb weight of 4359, which is second only to the 2020 QX60 from Infiniti

Model

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5

Brake Rotors Front 

N/A

12.6"

12.6"

13.6"

Brake Rotors Rear 

N/A

13"

12.13"

12.4"

Curb Weight 

4359 lbs

4032 lbs

4389 lbs

3985 lbs

60-0 MPH

134 ft

131 ft

127 ft

116 ft

All the hardware on offer isn’t that helpful as the sheer weight of the Enclave bogs it down in the braking test. All of its competitors perform better due to their lighter curb weight. The closest in terms of braking performance is the Acura MDX while the XT-5 from Cadillac sits at the very top of the pack in terms of braking performance.

How well does the 2021 Buick Enclave Handle?

The 2021 Buick Enclave is set to receive standard 18” wheels along with the well-tuned suspension results for a very smooth and composed ride. However, the curb weight and the dampened suspension means that the Enclave loses agility and it does not enjoy being pushed into fast corners.

2021 Buick Enclave Handling

The basic all-wheel-drive system with the Essence trim helps in reducing wheel slip. The costlier Premium and Avenir trims have a sophisticated Dual-Clutch AWD system. One of these clutches can be used to shuttle power between the wheels rather than applying the brakes.

2021 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is something where the 2021 Buick  Enclave lags behind. Being a really heavy crossover SUV the fuel economy of the 2021 Buick  Enclave suffers badly. With an MPG of 17 in the city, the score is pretty low. However, on the highway, the 2021 Buick  Enclave gives you about 25 MPG which is not too decent. The combined MPG falls at a low score of 20. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is not made for very long drives. 

With the all-wheel-drive, it still surprisingly manages better fuel economy than the FWD which at 19 mpg as opposed to the AWDs 20 mpg. At this price point, it would have been better to have a standard All Wheel Drive for all the trims. Without that the 2021 Buick  Enclave can be considered sub-par in terms of the fuel economy.

Models

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5

MPG (City)

18/17

20

20

19

MPG (Highway)

25

27

27

26

MPG (Combined)

20

23

23

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22 gallons

19.5 gallons

19.5 gallons

19.4 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

349/504/462 miles

390/527/448 miles

390/526/448 miles

369/504/426 miles


Let's have a look at how the competition has been speculated in terms of fuel economy. The 2021 Honda pilot gives an average of 27 MPG which is much better than that of the 2021 Buick  Enclave. Speaking of the 2021 Acura MDX which is based on the same platform as the Pilot, it manages to return an average of 22 MPG but a far better highway average of 30 MPG. The 2021 Buick  Enclave does not stand too tall in comparison with the others in its class.

2021 Buick Enclave Interior

The interior of the 2021 Buick  Enclave does have a premium look and feel. A leather coated dashboard and soft-touch material with some fake wood accents give a nice finish to the interior of the 2021 Buick  Enclave. The design is very nice and gives a fairly luxurious experience. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is a three-row midsize SUV, hence is very spacious. The door has soft-touch material as well as the dashboard. If you opt to buy the Avenir trim of the 2021 Buick  Enclave then you’ll be pleased by the chestnut leather that covers the dash.

2021 Buick Enclave Seating Layout

The seats are leather-wrapped and are heated and cooled as well. The seats of the 2021 Buick  Enclave are power-adjustable and provide a very comfortable experience. The seat is fairly padded and supported. The Enclave is a seven-seater SUV and the build quality of the interior and the center console is solid. The materials used are premium except for some hard plastics all over the cabin which take away some of the premium feel of the car. The knobs have been reduced to keep a simplified yet beautiful look. The 2021 Buick  Enclave gives the best seating experience to the front passenger as they can see the design of the cabin pretty well.

Models

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.0/62.4/41.2

38.1/61.1/41.4

40.7/60.3/42.2

38.4/58.3/36.0

Second  Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.9/61.7/38.9

38.3/59.1/36.6

38.2/60.4/41.7

36.0/56.2/39.5

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.6/57.3/33.5

N/A

36.5/57.1/30.8

N/A

Talking about the comfort space in the 2021 Buick  Enclave there is no compromise in terms of legroom or the headroom even in the last row. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is deemed to be the most spacious crossover midsize SUV. The front legroom is a massive 41.2 inches and the rear legroom being 38.9 inches. The 2021 Buick  Enclave is really comfortable and spacious. When traveling for longer rides and want to stretch your legs, you can easily do that in the all-new 2021 Buick  Enclave. With over 97.6 cubic feet to offer behind the first row, the 2021 Buick  Enclave is going to be one of the most comfortable midsize SUVs’. 

Some of the key interior features are:

  • 2-way adjustable front headrests
  • 2-way adjustable rear center headrests
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Air filtration system
  • Rear-window electric defogger
  • Driver and front passenger visors with illuminated mirrors

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Buick Enclave?

Moving on, the infotainment system, the 2021 Buick  Enclave gives an 8-inch touchscreen display on the dashboard. There is smart device integration available in the 2021 Buick  Enclave. With the option of getting either the Android Auto or the Apple CarPlay, the infotainment system becomes quite advanced. There is a 10 speaker sound system as a standard that gives crisp and clear sound quality. There is also an option to switch from a normal rearview camera to the live feed of the rear camera recording 24x7. 

2021 Buick Enclave Infotainment System

Also, the 2021 Buick  Enclave offers a digital driver display which is bright and crisp and gives useful information on the screen.you can toggle between different pages of the digital driver display with the arrows given on the steering wheel itself. Talking about the steering wheel-mounted controls, you get all that you want to control on the steering wheel panels. Although it does not look too overcrowded even with the anti-collision system button as well. There is almost everything you’d like to be in your car.

Some of the noteworthy features include:

  • 4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot capable
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium 10-speaker surround sound system 
  • 360 degree surround view camera

How much cargo can the 2021 Buick Enclave carry?

The standard cargo space offered by the 2021 Buick Enclave is unchanged from the outgoing version. Behind the 3rd row of seats it offers 26.6 cubic feet. This car is more than capable of handling all your day to day needs with ease.

2021 Buick Enclave Cargo Space

Model

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5

Cargo Capacity

26.6 cu.ft.

15.0 cu.ft.

16 cu.ft.

30.0 cu.ft.

The Buick offers substantially more cargo space than many of its direct rivals which include offerings from Acura and Infinity. Only the Cadillac XT5 has more space on offer with its massive 30 cu.ft of storage on offer behind the third row.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

The 2021 Buick Encore is equipped with plenty of storage in the cabin. Apart from a huge glovebox, the central armrest for the front passengers opens up to reveal a huge compartment with USB ports. 

The rear seat pockets are deep and all four doors feature huge bottle holders that can easily fit a 2L bottle. The third row also has cup holders built into the sides. The cargo bay has grocery hooks to help organize and keep things from flying around and tumbling in the boot.

2021 Buick Enclave Dashboard
2021 Buick Enclave Dashboard
2021 Buick Enclave Front Seat
2021 Buick Enclave Front Seat
2021 Buick Enclave Rear Seat
2021 Buick Enclave Rear Seat
2021 Buick Enclave Interior
2021 Buick Enclave Interior
2021 Buick Enclave Sunroof
2021 Buick Enclave Sunroof

2021 Buick Enclave Exterior

The exterior of the 2021 Buick  Enclave is inspired by the second-generation Buick  Enclaves. Having a traditional Buick design the 2021 Buick  Enclave comes with slightly redesigned headlamps which are made to be a little bit more aggressive and sporty. However, the 2021 Buick  Enclave does not stray away too much from the previous model. But the 2021 Buick  Enclave is a very beautiful SUV as reputed as the brand name.

2021 Buick Enclave Side View

The exterior of the 2021 Buick  Enclave is very beautiful. With somewhat sharp lines on the hood, the 2021 Buick  Enclave looks really sporty and much more modern than a conventional boxy SUV. Also, the chrome accents have been used abundantly throughout the exterior of the vehicle. The chrome linings around the windows and under the door look really amazing. The rear fascia of the car also gives a stunning appearance with the extra sporty tail lamps.

Models

2021 Buick Enclave (Expected)

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Infiniti QX60

2020 Cadillac XT5

Curb Weight (lb)

4359

4032

4389

3985

Length (inches)

204.3"

196.2"

200.6"

189.5"

Width (inches)

78.8"

77.7"

77.2"

75.0"

Height (inches)

69.9"

67.4"

68.6"

66.0"

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.7"

7.3"

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

120.9"

111.0"

114.2"

112.5"

The manufacturer has not paid much attention to detail as expected from the 2021 Buick  Enclave. Although prototypes are being developed continuously and maybe we can get to see a much more refined and luxurious product at the end. Let’s see how the 2021 Buick  Enclave compares to the competition from the model year 2020.

Some of the noteworthy exterior features include:

  • Automatic on/off headlamps
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strip
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Hands-Free power programmable liftgate with LED logo projection
  • Heated power outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Power moonroof with Rear Fixed Skylight
  • Roof rack cross rails
2021 Buick Enclave Front View
2021 Buick Enclave Front View
2021 Buick Enclave Rear View
2021 Buick Enclave Rear View
2021 Buick Enclave Side View
2021 Buick Enclave Side View
2021 Buick Enclave Side angle View
2021 Buick Enclave Side angle View
2021 Buick Enclave Top View
2021 Buick Enclave Top View

2021 Buick Enclave Safety

Similar to most modern-day GM products, the 2021 Buick Enclave comes loaded with a plethora of standard safety features. Buick, as a brand, follows the same trend, owing to Buick being a part of the GM stable. The Buick Enclave has a host of driver assistance features like teen driver assist, blind-spot warning, and monitoring as standard. Other than this, the chassis of the Avenir has been made from using a combination of Aluminum and high-strength steel. 

If these aforementioned aren't enough to relax your mind on the safety front, here is a list of other safety features that you'll find in the Enclave.

  • 7 airbags
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Electronic traction control
  • Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • LATCH System
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

2021 Buick Enclave Competition

Buick Enclave vs Acura MDX

Both of these cars are great entrees into the midsize luxury SUV segment. The 2020 Acura MDX is ruggedly built and offers a great driving experience. The Acura, inheriting all the Honda traits, often gets great resale values. The Buick, on the other hand, reflects its all-American heritage. The well-sculpted exterior shell is matched by the spacious and comfortable interiors. The engines under the hood are similar but differ in terms of power and efficiency. If you want a fuel-efficient engine, the MDX is the car for you while if power is what you long for, opt for the Buick Enclave. 

2021 Acura MDX

Buick Enclave vs Infiniti QX60

2020 Infiniti QX60 is one of the best-rounded off cars in the segment. The unconventional yet iconic shell sets it apart from the rest of the pack. The inside of the car is filled with premium materials like leather and Maple wood. The cabin is pretty spacious with comfortable seats. The Enclave is very similar in terms in terms of build and quality. However, the more powerful V6 under the hood makes this a better choice if you hit the highway often or like wandering off the road.

2021 Infiniti QX60

 

2021 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

If you are in the market looking for a car to move around the states with, having an excellent mileage, the 2021 Buick  Enclave is not for you. The 2021 Buick  Enclave sure has better practicality than other midsize SUVs but lacks behind in fuel economy. Performance is decent but not good enough to beat a much more premium competition at the same price range. The cabin has the use of cheap hard plastic which ruins the aesthetic of the 2021 Buick  Enclave.

Overall if you’re In the market for something which has to offer luxury and fuel economy, the 2021 Buick  Enclave is not the best for you and you can look into other alternatives. Although if you want an SUV that is very spacious and has road presence you can opt for the 2021 Buick  Enclave Avenir version, which has a lot of technological benefits over the other models. Although you may have to pay a little extra for the 2021 Buick  Enclave Avenir,  it's sure to be an upgrade over the basic models.