Used Buick Enclave Avenir

 

Three-row crossovers have gained massive popularity over the last couple of years, thanks to their versatility. And Buick has not been left behind. Recently, the company launched both a new model and a sub-brand in this segment, known as the Enclave Avenir. The Avenir features unique styling and numerous standard features. Its cabin is filled with premium, soft-touch materials. It's longer and wider than its previous iteration, with decent driving dynamics, good handling and plenty of cargo space.

Performance and Handling

Under the hood, the Buick Enclave Avenir comes with a 3.6-liter, V6 engine, which delivers an output of 310 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque. It's then mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which delivers power to all its four wheels. It comes standard with an all-wheel-drive powertrain. The nine-speed automatic transmission, combined with the all-wheel-drive twin-clutch system delivers outstanding performance, especially during off-road driving. And if you are driving at low speeds, then you can switch on the front camera, which gives you a front view of what you everything in front of your car.

Its performance on paved roads is equally impressive. It has good driving dynamics and nimble handling, with minimal body roll. It maneuvers corners and tight places with ease, making a good car for city driving. In short, it's a nice car to drive, in and out of the city. As for gas mileage, the Enclave Avenir delivers a return of 25 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city, which are among the best estimates in its class. When properly outfitted, the Avenir can tow approximately 5,000 pounds, making it a great vehicle for road trips, camping, fishing, and other outdoor adventures.

Interior and Comfort

Just like other Enclave trims, the Avenir seats seven passengers across three rows of seats. Average-sized adults can sit comfortably on any seat, including those on the third row. Also, accessing the third-row seats should not give you any problems, thanks to the positioning of the second-row seats as well as the availability of a passenger-side SmartSlide seat. The SmartSlide slides forwards or backward, thus providing easy access. Its cabin is quiet, with plenty of upscale, premium materials. It comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It also comes with two sets of child car-seat connectors in the second row while the third-row seats come with a single tether anchor.

Its infotainment system is responsive and easy to operate. It's equipped with various features such as a Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a navigation system, six USB ports, a rear-seat entertainment system, a ten-speaker premium Bose audio system, and wireless device charging. It also comes standard with remote start, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, as well as tri-zone automatic climate control. Other features include a surround vision with full display and a power dual moonroof. The Technology package and the Trailering package are available. If you opt for the Trailering package, then you will have to part with $650 while the Technology package will set you back approximately $2,000.

The Enclave Avenir comes with 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 58 cubic feet if you fold down the third-row seats. And if you fold both the second-row and third-row seats, then you will end up with a massive 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is ample for all your hauling needs.

Exterior Design

Most crossover SUVs tend to be too bulky and large. And that's one of the reasons why some auto shoppers opt for compact SUVs. However, the Buick Enclave Avenir has taken quite a different direction. Buick has done a great job of produce a crossover SUV that is less bulky than most of the others in the segment. Around the back, you will notice that the car appears modern and sleek. It also comes with a unique mesh grille, which adds to the vehicle's exterior design appeal.

Safety

The Buick Enclave Avenir earned a score of five out of five, according to various crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its stellar safety score can be attributed to its wide range of safety features such as rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and lane change alert. It also features blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, full-speed and low-speed automatic emergency braking, safety alert seat, adaptive cruise control, surround-view parking camera, and a rear camera mirror.

Verdict

The Buick Enclave Avenir features a nice combination of value and quality. As much as it might not be as elegant or athletic as some of the others in its segment, you will get value for money. It's serene, spacious cabin, combined with its refined handling makes it a great choice, for shoppers who are looking for an affordable and classy crossover SUV.


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