The Enclave SUV is available with just one engine. The naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 boasts sufficient outputs of 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of trim, all models receive a nine-speed automatic gearbox which sends the power to the front or all four wheels, depending on the chosen configuration.
Buick doesn't specify top speed or acceleration figures, but independent testing shows the Enclave can reach 60 mph in around 6.5 seconds. In the grand scheme of things, outright performance is of little importance to the Enclave's target market. Still, 310 hp is more than enough to propel the SUV along at a decent rate of speed.
If you require the Enclave to lug heavy items around, you'll be pleased to know the Buick has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs when equipped with the $650 Trailering Package. This bests the XC90's rating of 4,000 lbs (5,000 for the T5 FWD) and beats the Acura MDX's 3,500 lbs figure although, when equipped with AWD, the Japanese rival can also tow 5,000 lbs.
As mentioned, the Enclave is available with just one engine/gearbox combination although buyers can, at least, choose between FWD and AWD configurations. In town, the Enclave exhibits exceptional cruising abilities. The 3.6-liter V6 is nicely hushed but prod the throttle and a pleasant engine note will permeate the cabin. It produces 310 hp and 266 lb-ft.
In everyday driving, there's very little to complain about; it's perfectly capable of merging onto the highway safely and has plenty of overtaking prowess. Part of this is down to the quick down changes afforded by the nine-speed auto 'box, allowing you to get a move on when required.
Despite the sizeable dimensions, the Enclave is very easy to navigate through traffic. Perhaps it isn't as refined as the European competition, but the Buick still provides a relaxed driving experience. In-gear acceleration is adequate, but the sportier Acura MDX Type S is more proficient in hurtling forward quickly when the need arises.
|Buick Enclave Trims||Buick Enclave Engines||Buick Enclave Horsepower||Buick Enclave Transmissions||Buick Enclave Drivetrains||Buick Enclave MPG/MPGE|
|Essence||3.6L V6 Gas||310 hp @ 6800 rpm||9-Speed Automatic||AWD|
|20 MPG |
|Premium||3.6L V6 Gas||310 hp @ 6800 rpm||9-Speed Automatic||AWD|
|20 MPG |
|Avenir||3.6L V6 Gas||310 hp @ 6800 rpm||9-Speed Automatic||AWD|
|20 MPG |
Even for an SUV with a gas-powered 3.6-liter V6 and plenty of weight to lug about, the Enclave's fuel economy is rather poor. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive model at 18/26/21 mpg on city/highway/combined cycles. The all-paw derivative is worse still, at 17/25/20 mpg. By comparison, the Volvo XC90 T5 (FWD) obtains better gas mileage, with an impressive 21/30/25 mpg.
At least the Enclave has a decently sized gas tank. FWD models have a fuel tank capacity of 19.4 gallons while AWD versions receive a slightly bigger 21.7-gallon item. Theoretically, the duo should be capable of traveling up to 407 and 434 miles on a tank, respectively. As for gas type, the Enclave does not require premium gasoline.
|Buick Enclave Trims||Essence||Premium||Avenir|
|Buick Enclave Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)||17/25||17/25||17/25|