For Enclave enthusiasts, the 2016 Buick Enclave should be expected to come equipped with a seating capacity of up to eight people, a luxurious cabin, impressive cargo volume, and a smooth and quiet riding dynamics. Its release date should be expected sometime later this year.
Any buyer looking for a large SUV looks for features ranging from versatility and technology tidbits to fuel economy and safety features, the Enclave ranks top in comparison to other SUVs in the same market. Undeniably, the vehicle offers one of the quietest and smoothest rides you can get anywhere. Furthermore, its price tag is nothing to complain about considering the megabucks you require for other large SUVs.
Though comparing similarly to the Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia in terms of mechanical tidbits, the vehicle distinguishes itself with its unique styling, smooth and quiet ride. Equally impressive inside the Enclave is the room. The cabin is well-appointed and comes with state-of-the-art technologies that have been carefully designed to fit in properly inside it.
Still, the 2016 Buick Enclave faces a fierce competition from other upscale crossovers in the market. Solid picks to consider putting your time into include Ford Explorer, Acura MDX, Dodge Durango, and Toyota Highlander.
Exterior Changes & Interior Accessories – 2016 Buick Enclave
The large crossover will be available in three trims, that Buick calls “Groups”: Leather, Convenience, and top-of-the-range Premium variant.
What every Enclave buyer can be sure of getting equipped inside the vehicle includes a second-row captain’s chairs, a seating capacity of up to eight passengers, and LED headlights.
Standard features and equipment available on the 2016 Buick Enclave Convenience group includes automatic climate control, heated mirrors, a leather wrapped steering wheel, auto-diming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, a leather wrapped steering wheel, automatic xenon headlights, rear privacy glass, and tilt-an-telescopic steering wheel.
Some of the electronic features to look forward to include dual USB charge ports, a 6.5” touchscreen display, a USB audio interface, a rearview camera, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a premium sound system, OnStar telematics, and smartphone app integration system.
Moving up the trim ladder gets you eight-way power driver’s seat, front heated seats, rear cross traffic alert, driver memory settings, leather upholstery, and a blind-spot monitoring system.
As for the top-of-the-line 2016 Buick Enclave Premium group, expect it to come fitted with a Bose sound system, perforated front seats, lane departure warning system, adaptive headlights, a power adjustable steering column, a navigation system, chrome clad wheels, and forward collision alert.
Optional for both the Premium and Leather Groups is the Bose surround sound system, 20” wheels, a rear seat entertainment system, and a dual-panel sunroof/moonroof.
Interior wise, the vehicle comes equipped with rich features found in upscale brands like Mercedes and Audi. Contributing to Buick’s classy character and demeanor are the contrast stitching and leather accents which have been extensively used.
The control panel is easy to use. Additionally, very Enclave comes equipped with upscale technologies such as the 6.5” touchscreen interface, and smartphone integration system. The vehicle also offers good interior space for its passengers who will enjoy its abundant legroom and headroom.
Engine Specs – 2016 Buick Enclave
Every variant available comes fitted with a 3.6L V6 good for 288 hp and 270 pounds of torque. Provided as standard features for both the Premium and Leather models are the AWD system and a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
When the Enclave is properly equipped, the vehicle’s towing capacity stands at 4,500 pounds.
In our own 2016 Buick Enclave test drive, an AWD equipped Enclave was able to clinch 60 mph from standstill in 8.6 seconds, which is lackluster in comparison to other vehicles in the same segment.
As per the EPA ratings, the front-wheel-driven Enclave returns 17/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined, while the AWD drops the ratings down to 16/22/18 mpg.
Some of the safety features to expect from the revitalized Enclave include automatic crash notification, a rearview camera, stolen vehicle locator, curtain side airbags, traction control, disc antilock brakes, stability control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision alert, lane departure warning systems, rear cross traffic alert, and front seat side airbags.
Date Of Release & Price – 2016 Buick Enclave
According to the official Buick price catalogue, the 2016 Buick Enclave Catalogue Group will come with a starting MSRP of $39,065, the Leather Group – $43,660, and the top-of-the-range Premium Group – $47,515.
As already mentioned at the top of this review, rumor suggests its release date should be expected sometime later this year.