The latest Mia On The Go Car Review:

2018 Buick Enclave Premium AWD 1SN

Standard Price: $50,315
With Options: $57,055 (including destination)
MPG: 19/20 combined MPG (19 because of the AWD)
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6 engine, 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque

The Buick Enclave was one swanky & fun ride. We put it to the test again with pet food donation pickups from Only Natural Pet for Colorado Pet Pantry and a mini road trip with the kids.

  • We ran the gamut from warm weather to cold weather so I was able to put it to the test in snow and dry conditions. Great performance in all weather!
  • The front seat & dashboard felt like Command Control and was very comfy
  • My favorite feature that’s so dang brilliant – the Power Liftgate with handsfree PROJECTED LOGO – It’s like a foot activated bat signal when your hands are full. Let’s say you are walking up to the car with a bunch of groceries. Wave your foot in front of the logo projected onto the ground and BAM, the liftgate opens. Fancy AF!!
  • Interior stats: the Enclave has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat, 58.0 cubic feet behind the second row, and 97.6 cubic feet behind the first row. When all of the seats are down, you can fit a ton into that space (comparable to the Pacifica) Including a bunch of boxes of donated dog food. And I could still see out the back – winning.
  • The 3rd row is quite roomy, especially for kids. It easily power-folds to modify the space for peeps or cargo (there’s an extra 3.1 cubic foot of storage under the cargo floor!)
  • The Android Auto system worked great with the Buick Infotainment System. Including reading my texts to me while I’m driving. Funny to hear Charlie being impersonated by a woman 
  • Another bonus: the 2nd and 3rd rows have USB chargers which is great for the kids I just mentioned. 
  • The interior leather was lush including a cool sheen to the accent trim
  • Active noise cancellation in the car makes the highway ride very pleasant! 
  • Loved the Rear Camera – and extra $825 and also worth it. The birds-eye view and surround views are very accurate. 
  • The pedestrian detection is a bit jarring if you aren’t expecting it. I mean, who’s expecting their seat to vibrate? (wait, don’t answer that) So yes, that’s what keeps you from hitting the garbage can you left out the night before or something even more precious 
  • The Dual moonroof is definitely worth the extra $1400 – makes the interior seem bright & roomy. 
  • Other niceties: Emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, a Safety Alert Seat, a premium Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear captain’s chairs and more.

A few comments:

  • The 2nd row seats are a bit sticky when putting the seats flat. Nico, the 9-year-old flipped himself over almost into the front seat when he was leaning over to push the seat down. We were parked, of course. And we giggled.
  • It feels pretty bulky at first if you are used to a crossover SUV
  • The pricepoint is high, especially once you start adding in the extras but it’s definitely a good looking car and I like the interior set up.

    Want more stats? Check it out here!…/2018/specifica…

    Thank you Buick for the loan – as always all opinions are mine mine mine!

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