Title:2018 Buick Enclave Avenir Review : interior Exterior & Price
Published:30 november 2017
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2018 Buick Enclave Avenir Review : interior Exterior & Price

The Buick Avenir is finally here, but it’s not the slick, Columbia-blue concept sedan we saw at the Detroit auto show a few years back. Instead, it’s the top trim/sub-brand in the second-generation seven-passenger Buick Enclave crossover SUV. Think of Avenir as Buick’s version of GMC's Denali trim level.

Changes to Buick’s biggest SUV start with looks. Designers snagged most of the cues from the Detroit concept for the new Avenir including the scoopy, five-sided grille and multilens headlights. The Avenir SUV ditches the chrome vertical bars for a black crosshatch mesh. New fog lamps sit underneath with a character line in between. The previous Enclave was already a handsome machine; this new front end keeps that handsomeness but adds a little edge.

In back, it’s the same thing: sleeker, more modern, sharper cuts and a chrome piece running the width between the super complicated taillights. Everything about this car looks upscale and current, even if there’s one thing I personally cannot get behind: the floating roof. Designers would probably say it makes the car look longer or lower or something, but it just dirties up the side and rear three-quarter look.

engine choice is a 310-hp, 266-lb-ft 3.6-liter V6 with GM’s much-maligned (by me) nine-speed automatic transmission. Buick uses a different shifting program than Chevy’s Traverse, and it feels much better, but we’ll get back to that. Towing is up to 5,000 pounds, from 4,500.

The Enclave is also offered with the company’s first switchable all-wheel-drive system. It uses a twin-clutch rear differential for distributing power and a button on the dash to activate. That’s good for a city mileage rating of 17 mpg and a highway rating of 25, in a three-row V6 crossover. Front-wheel drive is the only option on the base model; the rest can go either way, with AWD setting you back an additional $2,300 on the Avenir, $2,000 on the Essence model.

The Avenir’s base price is $54,390 and that’s before all-wheel drive. Our test model was just under $60K. Pricey, yes, but it’s one of, if not the, quietest three-row utilities on the market, and it has to be the best looking in its class. The third row is also one of the roomiest we’ve ever been in, including full-size competitors like the Navigator and Suburban. If you’re looking to spend between $40K and $60K to haul the family, it’s a must test-drive.


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