I spent a few weeks with the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir (www.buick.com/suvs/enclave-mid-size-luxury-suv.html#AVENIR) and found it quite nice. Luxurious leather interior, every driver aid and infotainment feature you could want and seating for seven adults.

Buick has a new luxury trim level called Avenir (www.buick.com/avenir.html). The first Avenir vehicle is the Enclave mid-size SUV, which will be followed by a Lacrosse Avenir (their luxury sedan). Here's a video review of the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir.

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Comments

    • Arthur Ramalho
      Arthur Ramalho

      It’s beautiful for sure. The new Enclave is lighter, faster, better fuel economy, bigger and nice to drive. If you don’t leave in an area that have snow, you don’t need all wheel drive at all. There is nothing wrong with the front wheel drive. But Nice video

      about 18 days ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Arthur Ramalho

      Isn't the Enclave bigger? I have driven and reviewed it. I'm not a fan of front wheel drive, I think the cars pull and have some torque steer under hard acceleration. I like the AWD feel and quickness. Thank you very much for watching and for your comment.

      about 17 days ago
    • Wane Winn
      Wane Winn

      dude the avenir comes only in awd check to the right of the screen you'll see a button that says AWD hit it

      about 2 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Wane Winn

      Are you sure? I think this one wasn't AWD. What do you think of the Envision, I am getting one next week to review.

      about 2 months ago
    • Rick Bowman
      Rick Bowman

      The gas mileage on the Enclave is certainly not great - if it had cylinder deactivation, that might have helped. But, the engine runs on low test gasoline which is significant - many foreign engines, especially turbo-charged ones, are recommended to use high test. When comparing to other vehicles, $/mile might be a better relative comparison than MPG.

      about 9 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Rick Bowman

      I agree. Did you know you can use low test in any modern car, their sensors adjust for it. Performance will not be as as good, but it's fine for the car. They have to do it that was as many of the cars are sold in countries where premium gas is not always available. It hurts the performance but not the engine.

      about 9 months ago
    • Rick Bowman
      Rick Bowman

      I've heard that if you have the Tech Pkg, when you select "Sport" mode (manual mode), it disables the "Stop/Start" function. Also, this review didn't cover the "Camera Rear View Mirror" - a separate camera on the rear displays the rear surroundings on the interior rear view mirror - just have to operate the lever on the rear view mirror - best rear view mirror ever! Also there is a washer that cleans the 2 rear camera lenses. Also didn't cover the cylinder deactivation - 6cyl to 4cyl and the fact that the engines runs on low-test gas - saves $/mile (better measure than mpg). Also didn't cover the setting to allow the rear hatch to open 3/4's or full. On the AWD model, you can switch the rear-wheel drive off when its not needed - saves $/mile. I like the drone footage in the review - good job!

      about 9 months ago
    • D. Porter
      D. Porter In reply to Rick Bowman

      Unfortunately selecting Sport Mode does not deactivate stop/start. You have to disconnect the hood latch sensor or install an aftermarket device to deactivate it. Also, cylinder deactivation has a history of causing more problems thsn it's worth and I'm glad the Enclave engine doesn't have it.

      about 3 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Rick Bowman

      Thank you. I think you are right, but just in manual mode.

      about 9 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Rick Bowman

      Thank you, I always love hearing that (about the purchase). I was surprised when you mentioned cylinder deactivation, I've only heard of that on eight cylinder engines but good to know the LaCrosse has it.

      about 9 months ago
    • Rick Bowman
      Rick Bowman In reply to Rick Bowman

      I hear you but in my case, I looked for the longest reviews first - wanted to get as much detail as possible before spending this much money. You did a great job for a 20-minute review. Also - I think the "stop/start" can be disengaged in manual or sport mode even if the Tech Pkg is not optioned.

      about 9 months ago
    • Rick Bowman
      Rick Bowman In reply to Rick Bowman

      @Luxury Fred I was wrong about the cylinder deactivation - it's on the Lacrosse but not the Enclave. I'm in the process of buying an Enclave Avenue, thanks in part to your review, and was disappointed that it doesn't have cylinder deactivation.

      about 9 months ago
    • Larry
      Larry

      I drove my Buick Enclave 2,300 miles across country, very uncomfortable seats, the seats are very hard , had to buy a cushion, this year I’m driving my Ford F150 to Az, seats are much nicer, I can ride all day in them...

      about 9 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Larry

      Interesting, thanks.

      about 9 months ago
    • Larry
      Larry In reply to Larry

      Our Buick Enclave is a 2016 Leather Package….my wife and I both use cushions to sit on…the leather seats are HARD !! Our 2008 Buick Lacerne had very soft cushion leather seats and it was a joy to ride in….

      about 9 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Larry

      Thanks for watching and for your comment. Was yours an Avenir? That's interesting to hear, I did a few 100-mile / two-hour drives with no real issues.

      about 9 months ago
    • Gouk Wapanzy
      Gouk Wapanzy

      Good gas mileage - haha!

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Gouk Wapanzy

      Reasonably good for an SUV?

      about 1 year ago
    • Juan Zingarello
      Juan Zingarello

      Its a nice vehicle but it is missing some key common luxury car features like Auto up/down windows on all 4 windows and rain sensing wipers. But they aren’t the dealbreaker.

      The dealbreaker is the stop/start feature with no off button. Sorry but, no Off button, no business. Until it proves that it doesn’t increase wear and tear on the car which only time can tell I refuse to get a car that doesn’t let me shut it off. So I guess a Lincoln will do.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Juan Zingarello

      I tend to agree. Although in the new Regal TourX and the LaCrosse I've driven it's less of an issue, because the cars and bigger and well-insulated I didn't feel them starting and stopping.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ben V
      Ben V

      Meh, it’s still a Buick. Let’s move it along, folks.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Ben V

      For the most possible Buick excitement, check out my review of the Regal GS.

      about 1 year ago
    • yiyangcheng
      yiyangcheng

      You can disable stop start by putting into manual mode

      about 1 year ago
    • Juan Zingarello
      Juan Zingarello In reply to yiyangcheng

      Luxury Fred the new facelifted Envision has an Off switch for it. My guess enough customers complained or were turned away when they found out they can’t shut it off.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to yiyangcheng

      Great comments, thank you. I didn't know you turn the AWD on and off, I tested the FWD model. I just had the Buick LaCrosse and found the auto-stop/start also undetectable.

      about 1 year ago
    • Cherita Md
      Cherita Md In reply to yiyangcheng

      We just got this car. We are coming from a Volvo XC60. Honestly the auto start/stop is virtually undetectable in this car! I was really surprised bc the Volvo practically gives you whiplash & was super annoying. Another thing I really like is being able to turn on/off AWD. We live in MD and we do have some bad weather but mostly you don’t really need the AWD. You get a bit better gas mileage with it off.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to yiyangcheng

      I thought they all had it, but I haven't driven that one yet. Next I want to try the Grand Sport or the convertible one.

      about 1 year ago
    • yiyangcheng
      yiyangcheng In reply to yiyangcheng

      Luxury Fred except for Cascada

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex Fleck
      Alex Fleck

      Is it just me or is the leather a bit hit and miss with the stitching consistency? If you look at 15:00 when you're in the 2nd row, the rear right of the driver's seat looks really off with a 'wobbley' bulge. Compare to the passenger side and it looks fine. Anything you noticed in that regard?

      about 1 year ago
    • bgmarksu
      bgmarksu In reply to Alex Fleck

      it's due to the airbag gm puts between the front occupants...you'd still think they could hide it better

      about 11 months ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Alex Fleck

      Wow, good eye. I see the bulge, I didn't feel it or notice it. It looks like it's part of the seat or seat mechanism, not a bulge in the leather or flaw. The leather and the seats seemed high quality to me, but I did not carefully inspect the interior. I didn't notice any quality issues in the two weeks I had it.

      about 1 year ago
    • Happy Robins
      Happy Robins

      How does the heat work in winter with the Star-stop technology? What if you have low battery?

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Happy Robins

      I have heard that. I didn't have a chance to drive it in cold weather, just out here in the hot desert

      about 1 year ago
    • Juan Zingarello
      Juan Zingarello In reply to Happy Robins

      It won’t shut the engine off in cold weather. I think.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Happy Robins

      I will also ask about a low battery situation.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Happy Robins

      I really hate that feature. Funny enough, I just got a 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and it does the same thing, and no way to disable it. I would think the heater still works and the car is made to operate in cold weather, still starting and stopping. Or maybe it senses the temperature and disables the system. It's a good question and I will ask the Buick folks and post a response here. Thanks for watching.

      about 1 year ago
    • Stephan Moore
      Stephan Moore

      Nice car but it's still my grandpas car lol.

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Stephan Moore

      Yes, I am looking forward to checking out the Regal Grand Sport.

      about 1 year ago
    • Stephan Moore
      Stephan Moore In reply to Stephan Moore

      Yeah the new cascada looks cool

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Stephan Moore

      You must have a cool grandpa. I liked it, just as good as luxury SUVs from the other car makers. I'm excited to try their sports sedan and convertible, those are geared towards younger owners. Thank you for watching!

      about 1 year ago
    • Shia
      Shia

      Nice review! Thanks!

      about 1 year ago
    • Juelz Hunter
      Juelz Hunter

      Love the video

      about 1 year ago
    • Luxury Fred
      Luxury Fred In reply to Juelz Hunter

      Thanks for watching!

      about 1 year ago