The big news here is the Avenir luxury trim. The Enclave was completely redesigned for 18' after the first gen being on the market for damn near 10 years. I’ve always liked the Enclave more than its platform mates, the Acadia and Traverse. Here’s how the pricing and trims stack up.
For 18', Buick changed the trim names to sound less..old person/Buick-ey. Before there were 3 trims or “Groups”: Convenience Group, Leather Group, and Premium Group. Now there are 4: 1Sv, Essence, Premium and the new Avenir.
The base trim, 1SV, starts at $41,365 with FWD. You cant get AWD with this trim. Like at all. All trims are powered by GM’s 3.6 310 horse V6. To remind you that you are getting the bargain barrel base trim, there are only 3 color choices for the exterior: Black, silver and white. White of course, no charge. Black and silver are both $395 options. Interior color choices are limited to 1: grey/black cloth seats. I choose Black. Wheel options are limited as well to 1 18 in design that comes standard. The only other exterior option is an engine block heater for you people that live in the cold states. That’s $100.
There are no interior options either. Standard is Buick’s touch screen infotainment system with 8 in screen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the usual suite of Bluetooth, Sat radio aux jack blah blah stuff. There are quite a few accessories. Things like trailering hitches, first aid/safety kits and wireless headphones are some of them. I found the headphones though to be a strange option considering that a rear seat entertainment system isn’t even available as an option on this trim. With none of that crap added, you’re sitting at $41,365. That’s a lot considering how basic it is at this point.
The next step up is the Essence trim, which is $4,220 more than the 1SV trim. One of the main things it adds standard is Land Change Alert with BLIS and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You can add AWD to this trim. It adds 2 grand to the price. The color options are better on this trim as well. Including the standard no charge White, there are 9 exterior colors and 3 interior leather colors. 7 of the colors are $395, 2 aren’t: Red Quartz Tricoat for $495 and White Frost Tricoat (which I assume to be a pearl like off white) for $995. I added the Black again for $395 along with brandy colored leather for no charge.
There are 4 option packages which I found no need for: an interior protection pack that included front and rear floor mats and a rear cargo mat for $250; a floor liner pack that doesn’t maker sense because its the interior protection pack just without the rear cargo mat and its $10 more at $260; a cargo pack that includes cargo area tray, shade and a net for $315 and a trailering pack which raises the trailering limit to 5,000 lbs with the addition of a heavy duty cooling system for $650. Like the 1SV, there are no wheel options on this trim. The only exterior options are a wheel lock kit, engine block heater and the power dual moon roof with fixed rear skylight for $1400. I added that.
The interior options consisted mainly of the previously mentioned mats as individual options, universal tablet holders, Buick’s Nav system for $595, which I added, and something they call Surround Vision. Like competitors, it provides drivers with a birdseye view of the vehicle. Adding it required the addition of a rear camera mirror. Total for both was $825. All totaled with the Essence trim with FWD is $47,310. Weirdly with AWD comes the availability of a 20in wheel option for $1400. With AWD and the 20 in wheel you’re at $50,480. Weirdly, theres already a $500 cash allowance.
I skipped the Premium trim and went to the big new trim, the Avenir. It starts at $56,690 (with awd, $54,390 without).
Supposedly going to trickle down to other models, the Avenir trim adds:
- Unique exterior/interior styling
- Buick Infotainment System with Navigation
- Wireless charging
- Power dual moonroof with rear fixed skylight
- 8" diagonal reconfigurable driver information center
- Surround Vision with full display inside rearview mirror
- 20" cast aluminum wheels with Pearl Nickel finish
Exterior color choices are limited to 5 and are Avenir specific. White Frost Tricoat is $600. None of the other colors are extra however. Interior color choices are just the one shown above called Chestnut. Options wise there are 5. All of them are the same are the other trims except one: the Avenir Technology Package. For $2,095 it adds:
- Avenir Premium Suspension Package
- Chassis with real-time damping suspension
- Premium Ride Suspension
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Forward Automatic Braking
- Active aero shutters
There really aren’t any other options with this being the top trim. All in, you’re sitting right under $60 grand. $58,035 to be exact, 9 grand more than the top trim fully loaded previous gen. That’s a lot. But there you have it, its pricey but handsome. What do you guys think of the price?