2018 Buick Enclave Avenir First Test: Luxury All Around?

The all-new Buick Enclave Avenir is a three-row luxury crossover with exquisite styling, premium materials, and more standard features. The Enclave Avenir is a front-wheel drive vehicle powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and has a nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s made to be taken off-road but drives remarkably smooth on pavement. While it’s not a German sportscar, it is quite quick and is very nice to drive. Due to the rounded roofline, the third row does not have enough headroom for most people. While the Enclave Avenir has nice materials and premium features, it’s pricey in comparison to its less expensive cousin the Chevy Traverse.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 2018 Buick Enclave handles better than your average SUV, with all-wheel drive upgrades available
  • Interior makes a good first impression, but is not as luxurious as anticipated
  • Ultimately, it may not distinguish itself well enough from its competitors to justify its price

“We appreciated the premium materials, but we didn’t notice a significant difference compared to the interior that we saw on a loaded Traverse.”