2022 Buick Enclave Avenir Review: A Big Ol' Softie - CNET

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Buick's three-row SUV is simply a spot of a snoozefest, but it definite is comfortable.

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2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

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2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

The Enclave has a beauteous slick beforehand end, but sadly, that's wherever the singular styling starts and stops.

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Buick is successful a weird spot. The fancier, sportier shadiness of Cadillac looms ample implicit this brand, truthful successful bid to present a merchandise unsocial capable to gain its ain badge, Buick chose to thin successful hard connected softness, particularly with its higher-end Avenir trims. The precocious redesigned 2022 Enclave champion exemplifies however Buick is positioning itself successful the US, and portion it's beauteous darn boring, it's besides beauteous darn comfy and decently good equipped.

Like

  • Plush leather seats
  • Soft on-road character
  • Good country successful each 3 rows

Don't like

  • No existent standout bits
  • Ho-hum aesthetics
  • Bowl-of-molasses controls

The three-row household crossover signifier isn't the astir daring from the outset, and portion the 2022 Enclave's exterior redesign does look fresher than before, it's inactive not turning excessively galore heads. Swapping retired the single-piece headlights for a dual-layer getup does truly sharpen things up successful the front, but if you portion the badges from the rear end, radical could easy confuse it for a Mazda oregon immoderate different mass-market household machine. The Avenir badges and unsocial grill assistance acceptable it isolated a bit, but truly lone from different Enclaves.

The interior has a fewer much ups than downs. The Enclave Avenir's dashboard is nicely designed, offering immoderate absorbing angles without being intrusive. The leather feels nice, but I privation the Avenir's matte wood trim was offered connected much than conscionable the doorway panels and halfway console; instead, the dash wears a swath of piano-black integrative that picks up smudges and feels a small cheap. Half the controls are parts-bin GM bits. The disfigured cogwheel lever is gone, and successful its spot is simply a nicer acceptable of buttons that doesn't instrumentality agelong to get utilized to. The rear windows deficiency auto-up capability, a signature Detroit cost-cut that shouldn't truly hap connected a $60,000 SUV.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir Drives Likes a Big Bowl of Molasses

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But adjacent with those warts, practicality and comfortableness ooze retired of each corner. The Enclave's beforehand seats, which battalion ventilation and massaging connected my tester, are earnestly comfortable. The halfway console is high, but it has a honkin' hidey-hole nether the cogwheel lever, successful summation to a capacious cubby nether the armrest, and the sizable doorway pockets tin prime up whatever's near lying around. The second-row captain's chairs are conscionable arsenic cushy arsenic the beforehand seats, and adjacent with the rails ratcheted arsenic acold guardant arsenic possible, there's inactive a astonishing magnitude of country for a 6-foot beanpole similar me. Moving the captain's chairs adjacent a small spot gives the power-folding 3rd enactment an awesome magnitude of legroom, and headroom is plentifulness suitable for adults. With 23.6 cubic feet of cargo abstraction down the 3rd row, there's capable country to shove a family's worthy of groceries oregon a fewer weekender bags, and stowing the way-backs opens up an awesome 57.7 cubes of storage.

The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir's on-road quality is astir apt champion described arsenic dilatory and steady, similar each input is being fed done David Gilmour's hold pedal, oregon a vessel of molasses. Turn into a country and the assemblage takes a 2nd to respond with immoderate roll. Lean onto the state pedal and it takes a 2nd for the 3.6-liter V6 to person throttle presumption to motive force, though erstwhile the nine-speed transmission yet settles connected a gear, the engine's 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque volition beryllium capable for astir drivers. Step connected the brake pedal and expect a spot of squish earlier velocity begins to shed.

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2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

The Buick's V6 is plentifulness peppy, but electrification is inactive en route.

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My tester packs Buick's $1,595 Avenir Technology Package, which feels similar a mandatory addition. Along with fancier headlights, the upgrade includes an adaptive suspension that truly ramps up the comfortableness factor. Nasty bits of roadworthy vanish underfoot, and each that's near is simply a brushed thrust that feels decently luxurious. There's a Sport mode that firms things up, but… travel on, it's a Buick, nobody's taking this happening retired to the switchbacks unless it's connected the mode to the play course.

The Buick Enclave tin beryllium had with either front- oregon all-wheel drive, but AWD doesn't truly impact substance economy. FWD models are rated astatine 18 mpg metropolis and 26 mpg highway, with AWD variants coming successful 1 mpg little successful each scenario. A combined mean of 20 mpg isn't precisely praiseworthy successful 2022, but it's astir connected par with competitors similar the Acura MDX (21 mpg combined) and Lincoln Aviator (20). Maintaining a airy close ft connected the road helped maine spot 30 mpg for respective minutes astatine a time, which is nice, but adjacent mild electrification would beryllium better.

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2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Buick's infotainment strategy is much than fine, but arsenic dashboards crossed the manufacture turn to incorporate ever-larger screens, this 1 feels a small lacking.

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On the tech front, the 2022 Enclave has conscionable astir everything you could want, though it lacks immoderate benignant of existent attention-getter. The modular 8-inch infotainment show runs a newer iteration of the Buick's interface, which is plentifulness good and includes each the modern fripperies similar a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the surface is simply a small tiny by modern standards (and based connected the size of the dash surrounding it). All 3 rows connection a brace of USB ports, but lone the beforehand enactment gets a zippy USB-C. The Avenir besides includes a head-up show that's bully and bright, successful summation to a gauge clump show that shows each the accustomed accusation astir the conveyance and infotainment system.

Safety-wise, the Enclave Avenir comes with everything Buick tin slap connected its SUV, including automatic exigency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, haptic spot feedback and a surround-view camera system. You cognize what it could use, though? Super Cruise. Too atrocious determination isn't a azygous Buick that offers GM's constricted handsfree tech, arsenic its full lineup predates the required electrical and data-processing upgrades to grip it.

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2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Buick's ADAS is casual to use, it's conscionable a shame GM couldn't find a mode to marque Super Cruise enactment connected this procreation of vehicles.

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For a marque that isn't adjacent astatine the apical of its conglomerate's nutrient chain, the 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir tin beryllium a pricey proposition. My AWD tester's sole upgrade is simply a $1,595 bundle that brings the basal terms from $58,295 to $59,890, including $1,195 for the mandatory destination charge. Fully loading up this atrocious lad tin nonstop the terms person to $65,000 territory. That puts it connected par with a well-equipped Acura MDX Advance oregon Lincoln Aviator Reserve, some of which consciousness acold much modern, and the second tin adjacent battalion a plug-in hybrid powertrain for immoderate further scratch. If you'd alternatively prevention immoderate simoleons, a afloat loaded Mazda CX-9 offers 3 rows of Nappa leather seats for astir $50,000, and its motor is much potent, but you'll person to marque bash with Mazda's middling infotainment. Hell, if you don't request the 3rd row, you're sitting successful Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class territory astatine this terms point, and that is simply a pugnacious enactment to top.

The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir is benignant of stuck betwixt a stone and a hard place. While it's done a commendable occupation carving retired its ain niche successful GM's hierarchy by focusing connected smoothness supra each else, efforts that wage disconnected successful on-road placidity, it lacks immoderate benignant of stand-out origin that brings caller customers done dealership doors. That mightiness beryllium capable for bequest buyers, but it whitethorn beryllium insufficient against a question of ever-more-impressive ample SUVs.

Score Breakdown

Performance 7Features 8Design 7.5Media 8

Specs

See afloat specs Engine V6 Cylinder EngineDrivetrain All Wheel DriveMPG 20 MPGPassenger Capacity 7Body Type Crossovers, SUVs

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