The 2018 Buick Enclave is a big deal. For the new model year, Buick’s full-sized luxury SUV is adopting the design language introduced by the 2017 LaCrosse. The awkward bulk of the 2017 Enclave has been been replaced with a sleek and imposing frame that makes carrying seven passengers more romantic than it has any right to be. And that excellent first impression isn’t let down by anything that follows.
Every 2018 Buick Enclave comes with standard Bose Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning.The Noise Cancellation emits negative waves to cancel ambient sound from the engine and road. Buick QuietTuning refers to all of the design techniques Buick uses to make the cabin pristinely silent. Those include features like triple-sealed doors, acoustic-laminated glass, specially tuned suspension, insulated dashboard, and a hydraulic engine mount.
It’s cool to see how far Buick’s designers and engineers have gone to perfect something that many drivers may not even think about. Of course, most drivers don’t care about acoustic lamination. They just want to know their vehicle is quiet – and it is. Even when you’re accelerating on the highway with significant wind, the 2018 Buick Enclave is silent. But it remains a difficult feeling to convey with words. You really have to drive an Enclave for yourself. Once you do, you’ll immediately realise how much passive noise you’ve been tolerating while driving your current vehicle.
Luxury is Standard
The 2018 Enclave is quiet in the industry, too. In the past few years, Buick has been reinventing its lineup, trying to make vehicles that appeal to a younger generation of drivers. To achieve that goal, Buick has employed two strategies. The first, explained above, is design. Modern Buicks are attractive and sophisticated. The second strategy consists of an attempt to offer more standard equipment than equally priced competitors. The amount of standard features available on the 2018 Buick Enclave is amazing. And I’m not talking about floor mats and airbags. I’m talking about genuine luxury features for which the overwhelming majority of automakers charge extra.
Almost all automakers saddle their base models with underpowered, inefficient powertrains. This is not the case with Buick Enclave. Each trim level comes with the 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine that offers 310 horsepower and a remarkable fuel economy rating of 11.2 L/100km (city/hwy combined). Inside, the 2018 Enclave, heated seats, a leather steering wheel, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, tri-zone climate control, an 8” touch screen, and a 4.2” Driver Information Centre display. If that’s not enough standard equipment, you also get:
- 18” Aluminum wheels
- Automatic LED headlamps
- Heated power mirrors
- Rear Vision Camera
- Remote Start
- Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- And more
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir
If you want you want to further elevate your driving experience, you won’t be disappointed. That’s because 2018 also marks the debut of the Avenir sub-brand. Similar to GMC’s Denali, Avenir signifies the brand’s best luxury, convenience, and performance features. Obviously, that means it comes with All-wheel drive and the 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine. But the Enclave Avenir also comes with a unique package of enticing extras.
Included is a unique grille and 20” aluminum wheels. Despite the Black Ice finishes on those items, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, and heated steering wheel will keep you warm. Buick has also included tons of smart features like a wireless charging pad, Surround Vision camera system, and 10-speaker audio. However, the smartest features of all are included in the Avenir’s standard Driver Confidence Package:
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Safety Alert Seat
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Forward Collision Alert
- Following Distance Indicator
- Intellibeam headlamps
Other standout Avenir features include:
- All of the features from Premium trim level
- Authentic mahogany steering wheel
- Avenir embroidered headrests
- Power dual moonroof