The second-generation Buick Enclave launched for the 2018 mannequin yr, and was up to date for 2022. The Avenir is the best and costliest trim of the 2022 Buick Enclave. At $56,295 (together with the $1,195 vacation spot cost), it’s $12,300 greater than the bottom Essence trim, and $5,300 greater than the Premium trim. Including all-wheel drive will increase that value to $58,495. Whereas nonetheless not our favourite three-row luxurious choose, we will’t assist however admire the design, consolation and area of the 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir.
No matter trim stage, the Enclave comes commonplace with front-wheel drive, providing all-wheel drive as an possibility. Every Enclave has a 3.6-liter V6 paired with a nine-speed automated transmission. Regardless of the Avenir’s 4,469-pound curb weight, which outdoes these of the Premium and Essence trims by 71 and 110 kilos, respectively, it shares the identical gasoline economic system scores: 21-miles-per-gallon mixed (18 metropolis, 26 freeway) for FWD, and 20 mixed (17 metropolis, 25 freeway) for AWD.
So, what does the Avenir embody? There are just a few options commonplace on the Avenir which are additionally commonplace on the Premium trim. These embody a Bose 10-speaker premium audio system, head-up show, navigation, surround-view parking digicam, rear digicam washer, rear pedestrian alert, four-way energy lumbar changes for the driving force and entrance passenger, ventilated entrance seats, energy steering column, driver reminiscence settings , heated second-row outboard seats, energy 60/40 split-folding third row, an 8-inch digital show between the gauges and power-folding side-mirrors with auto-dimming driver’s aspect. Some options come commonplace on Avenir which are choices on different trims. Inside, the Avenir will get a regular energy sunroof with fastened rear skylight. Adaptive cruise management comes commonplace, as does enhanced automated emergency braking. It additionally has a 120-volt outlet on the rear of the middle console.
However the Avenir has some unique options that make it stand out from the remaining. It has nicer trim and quilted leather-based upholstery that assist make it really feel significantly extra upscale than the remainder of the lineup. The Avenir is the one trim with rain-sensing windshield wipers, and embroidery for the first-row ground mats (an indispensable function, we all know). It will get commonplace 20-inch aluminum wheels with Avenir Pearl Nickel end. Twenty-inch wheels can be found as an possibility on the opposite trims, however these are restricted to polished aluminum or chrome finishes. It additionally has its personal distinctive mesh grille. Additionally obtainable as a $1,595 possibility on the Avenir, however not different trims, is the Avenir Expertise Bundle. This features a premium suspension bundle with hydraulic dampers that adapts to highway circumstances each 2 milliseconds, recalibrated steering and an Avenir-specific headlight design.
Whereas the Enclave exterior is a bit generic, the Avenir inside is not less than dwelling to extra spectacular design. The leather-based is engaging, particularly with the quilting and headrest embroidery. Seating surfaces are clean and comfortable, however the entrance seats are supportive, making them a snug place to spend time. The wooden trim within the Avenir is elegant, with a singular wavy texture. I benefit from the heated and ventilated entrance seats, the heated second row seats, and the power-adjustable, memory-equipped entrance driver’s seat, steering column and aspect mirrors. I’ve additionally grown to like the digital rear-view mirror, which offers a crisp digicam feed from behind even when passengers and cargo block your view out the rear window.
The second-row captain’s chairs give loads of private area to passengers, even when the seats themselves aren’t as supportive and cozy as those up entrance. The second row will get its personal local weather controls and a three-prong, 120-volt outlet on the rear of the middle console. The glass panels overhead helps convey some much-needed mild to the rear rows. The third row clearly isn’t as snug, with flat seat cushions and an absence of legroom, however it doesn’t compromise cargo area. That quantity behind the third row is impressively beneficiant, and expands to carry extra under with the elimination of the bumper-level cargo ground. The 23.6 cubic toes of cargo area expands to 57.7 cubic toes with the third row down, and to 97.4 cubes with each rows folded.
Whereas the Avenir’s inside is spacious, snug and positively extra upscale than different Enclaves, there are nonetheless some issues about it that maintain it again in comparison with the (admittedly costlier) luxurious SUV set. Issues like the inside plastics and the generic GM-parts-bin switchgear convey down the general really feel of an in any other case high quality inside. The infotainment display screen, whereas it really works properly, is on the small aspect for a car this costly, and appears as if it was plucked straight out of a lesser GM product. Plus, all of it feels a bit stale. In a section the place new, trendy, high-tech opponents preserve charging forward, this Buick hasn’t modified a lot within the final 5 years. Its mild replace for the 2022 mannequin yr does little to maneuver the Enclave ahead, and the inside was primarily ignored through the refresh.
However in case you like the general design, and people little particulars don’t hassle you, you could be fairly proud of the Enclave Avenir. It’s not a sporty SUV, however it’s not attempting to be. The Avenir indulges occupants with a grown-up sense of fashion and a powerful quantity of area, and truly presents a pleasant value in comparison with a few of the different luxurious competitors. Among the larger trims of non-luxury manufacturers, just like the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, give you related ranges of fashion and higher expertise for much less. Nonetheless, in case your greatest considerations are consolation and roominess, the Enclave Avenir has an ample provide of each at a smart value.