Buick’s 2023 Enclave is a three-row crossover SUV and the largest model in their lineup. This vehicle competes with other similar models, including the Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander, and Acura MDX.
With a classic two-box design, the 2023 Buick Enclave stylishly showcases its curvaceous body. During our test, we drove a model painted in Sage Metallic with an interior featuring Whisper Beige and Ebony accents.
Buick gave the Enclave lineup a modern update last year, with a wide grille flanked by narrow headlights and a single chrome rib dividing the grille. The Enclave’s sleek profile culminates in a sporty rear end with a chrome boomerang that mirrors the cabin’s shape, while the Avenir trim level, which we reviewed, adds more chrome accents, although some may find the result unappealing.
Understated yet refined, the Enclave’s interior design features a dramatic trim piece that curves across the dashboard and surrounds the touchscreen before tapering to a point on the passenger side. The Avenir edition offers quilted leather, enhancing the luxurious atmosphere created by the combination of colors and premium materials, which are not typically found at this price point.
With its 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, the Enclave Avenir delivers impressive power. Its all-wheel drive system, which includes torque vectoring technology, improves performance on and off the road. Drivers can even disconnect the all-wheel drive system with the touch of a button on the dashboard. The Enclave also has Tour and Sport drive modes, with the latter featuring a checkered flag in the gauge cluster.
Improved control, handling, and ride comfort are some of the benefits that come with the Enclave Avenir’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system and continuous damping suspension, which elevate the Avenir’s drive to a luxury level. Compared to its competitors, the Avenir’s ability to offer these systems as upgrades sets it apart.
GM’s Safety Alert Seat is one of the safety features included in the Enclave Avenir, which vibrates to alert passengers of potential dangers. Additionally, the Avenir offers adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist and auto high beams, making highway travel easier and safer. These features work together to guarantee the safety and comfort of all passengers.
During our week-long review, we tested the 2023 Buick Enclave Avenir AWD with an MSRP of $59,100. With the Avenir Tech Package included, which costs $1,595, the total cost of the vehicle came out to $62,090.
Five midsize SUVs, specifically the Buick Enclave Avenir, Acura MDX, Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Hyundai Palisade, are all strong competitors in their class. Notably, the Enclave Avenir’s extravagant amenities, such as the twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system and continuous damping suspension, set it apart, while the Acura MDX is also a major player with its potent engine, roomy cabin, and state-of-the-art safety technologies.
Noteworthy for its dependability, gas mileage, and built-in safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, the Toyota Highlander sets itself apart. Additionally, drivers can opt for the Highlander’s hybrid model, which can provide significant fuel savings.
Valued for their practicality and affordability, the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are renowned for their capacious cabins and reasonable price tags. These models also come equipped with a host of state-of-the-art safety features, including rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.
Overall, while the Buick Enclave Avenir boasts some impressive amenities, the Toyota Highlander and Acura MDX hold a slight advantage, thanks to their top-notch safety technologies, fuel efficiency, and unparalleled reliability.