By on June 3, 2021

2022 Buick Enclave. Image: Buick

It seems unlikely that 2022 Buick Enclave buyers asked for a more-aggressive/more-masculine face for its popular three-row crossover, but who knows what’s said in focus groups convened in windowless conference rooms — or, over the past year, over Zoom.

Whatever the case, Buick has bestowed the Enclave with rough-and-tumble looks that sharpen the rounded design — and seem meant to remove the label of “mom-mobile.”

The looks aren’t the only thing that’s changed, as the Buick Driver Confidence Plus Package is now standard. The suite of driver-aid tech includes automatic emergency braking, front-pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear park assist, forward-collision alert, following distance indicator, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.

2022 Buick Enclave. Image: Buick

Standard or available features will include wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, front park assist, rear pedestrian alert, color head-up display, heated and cooled and massaging front seats, and rear-camera mirror.

2022 Buick Enclave. Image: Buick

Specific design cues will include a new center console with push-button shifter for the transmission, new front fascia, new headlamps, and new grille. The rear fascia is also different, and the wheel choices are changed.

2022 Buick Enclave. Image: Buick

The top-trim Avenir gets to stand out from the rest of the line via different front and rear fascias, a different grille, different interior trim, the heated/cooled/massaging front seats, available adaptive damping suspension, adaptive cruise control, and enhanced automatic emergency braking.

The changes really do seem minor, though the styling is different enough that it’s more than just a refresh — you’ll recognize this vehicle in traffic and know it’s different from the previous generation.

Meanwhile, I am back to the mystery of who asked for this — the previous Enclave was attractive, though a bit bland and boring. Perhaps the focus group was upper-middle-class suburban middle-aged dads who got tired of hearing jokes from their buddies who drive Yukons?

[Images: Buick]

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60 Comments on “2022 Buick Enclave Gets Rough and Tough...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “Whatever the case, Buick has bestowed the Enclave with rough-and-tumble looks that sharpen the rounded design — and seem meant to remove the label of “mom-mobile.””

    They failed at that effort, its still a mom-mobile minivan for people who lie to themselves (so, nearly everyone) . Oh and Dad you will still be the butt of jokes from actual SUV owners.

  • avatar
    ajla

    3.5/10

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Buick is recommended and gets a 67 out 100 where the Acura MDX is not recommended by Consumer Reports.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Man, if only their were other choices in this segment besides an MDX and some $#!+box Chinese Buick. Oh wait…

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          “…when it comes to long-term reliability in particular, Buick has absolutely decimated their supposedly more fashionable family member. While most  older Cadillacs rival old Kias when it comes to long-term quality, Buick is ranked #1 in our study when it comes to one important metric.

          Length of ownership. For active brands, the oldest trade-in on average in our study covering nearly 1,300,000 vehicles is not a Lexus or a Mercedes, it’s a Buick.  The reason is while a lot of premium brands try to pursue greatness to an audience that tends to have a more fickle and transient nature towards car ownership, Buick has been able to focus on what I would call ‘fine’-ness towards a more conservative audience that simply looks for a car that can comfortably do the job.

          If you ask an owner of an older Buick what they think of their car, the answer you’re likely to receive is someone in the realm of, “It’s fine”. There really isn’t a lot of love for an older car that is created for conservative tastes. But for those who consider cars to be little more than a comfortable intermission between going here and there, Buick has fulfilled that reasonable expectation better than nearly everyone else….” thedrive 

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          Buick Enclave is recommended by CR and ranked near the top in the 3-row luxury segment, thr MDX is not.

  • avatar
    kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh

    Makes think of a Infinity .. a little bit …

  • avatar

    Looks more like a Cadillac now, but it’s still so organic in shape that it comes off as far from tough.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    “The suite of driver-aid tech includes automatic emergency braking, front-pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear park assist, forward-collision alert, following distance indicator, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.”

    Do you actually have to get in it to go anywhere? They should have gone full Buick and renamed it “Electra 225”

    It may be trying to shed the “mom-mobile” image, but judging by who I see driving it, it’s more a “grandma-mobile”

  • avatar
    redapple

    Misc from the mind of RA.

    1- These are yuge inside. Tahoe volume.

    2- Looks OK. H K styling is knocking it out of the park and you know they are not my favorite brand.

    3- Crap levels of refinement = GM. I was behind one yesterday at a red light. Open left turn lane on our left. As cars went by making the left turn, the Buick’s – blind spot warning light flashed in the outside rear view mirror. ON> OFF> ON OFF ON OFF. My car (japanese) knew i was stopped and thereby turned off the blind spot warning until i was rolling again. GM > if you can spot shortcomings like this on the outside, one wonders what crap is buried you cant see. (reminds me of the old GM. 1 key for the door. a different key for the ignition. And they had to be inserted 1 way (teeth only on 1 side of the key.)). UTTER TRASH. Cram it side ways!

  • avatar
    NJRide

    I like these but its one size class bigger than I need. I probably would have liked the Envision but (Deadweight where are you) I could never buy Guangzhou Motors Chinese built product.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      NJRIDE

      Right on. NO CHINA CRAP. They ve done enough damage

      (right on – on deadweight too. man he was funny)

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        The real problem I have with the Envision isn’t that it’s made in China per se – it’s that it’s made in China and is still ridiculously overpriced. Stuff from China should be cheap. Ditto for Mexico. Audi makes the Q5 in Mexico and prices it like it’s made in Ze Fatherland. That’s BS.

        It’s bad enough that we have to import stuff from low-wage countries – overpricing that stuff is just adding insult to injury.

        Here’s a non-cynical approach: how about a nice entry level Civic-style compact for $15,000? There is so little entry-level product on the market these days, and given how low wages are in China, automakers could do it and make a buck. And they’d be able to bring younger buyers into the fold early on – it’s a classic marketing approach. Move them into nicer, domestically made stuff as they make more money. Everyone wins. Will they do that? Nope. Instead, it’s a $45,000 Envision that should be priced at $30,000, max. F*ck them.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          The 2021 Envision 2.0T FWD is going for $25K. You cannot get into a CR-V or RAV4 for that little!

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Is Norm really a RenCen bot? Serious question.

            That PO-PRC-S starts at $31,8 per the mfg. In 2019 BCW (Before Clown World) maybe there was $5K on the hood, but not during the Biden Shortage Administration.

            https://www.buick.com/suvs/envision

            https://www.wrightgmcbuick.com/VehicleDetails/new-2021-Buick-Envision-FWD_4dr_Preferred-Wexford-PA/5034574610

        • 0 avatar
          islander800

          My problem is that it’s made in communist China – full stop.

          Not only is communist China now our most dangerous strategic enemy, part of every dollar spent on “product” from there goes into the coffers of the People’s Liberation Army, further enriching the military force with which we will no doubt be facing a showdown in the not-too-distant-future. Add in the fact that G.M. soaked North American taxpayers for a bailout entirely due to their mismanagement (Ford required no such deal) and then proceeded to close North American plants while expanding in communist China so they could import their communist product back into the “home” market and you’ve got a huge reason to SHUN any G.M. product made in China. NO, let me correct that – you’ve got a good reason to shun G.M., period.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            No, we’re not going to have a military showdown with China, for the same reason we never had one with Russia – it’ll end with us lobbing nukes at each other. Now, I suppose that solves every conceivable problem we have these days – everything from global warming to the national debt, but that’s like saying that stage 5 cancer solves your financial problems, isn’t it?

            Regardless, the conflict between China and the U.S. will be played out the same way the one with Russia was – through proxies.

            As far as buying stuff from China is concerned, you probably have a whole house full of Chinese goods, so I’m not sure why the anti-Chinese-goods religion starts with cars.

          • 0 avatar
            NormSV650

            Another crowded segment, the Buick Envision went home with the award in the Compact SUV category. The model received highest marks in all ratings except for features & accessories quality – mechanical and design. Still, it holds bragging rights over the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Wrangler, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, and GMC Terrain. Autoguide

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Wait to see if the 3-row Envision comes stateside.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      The Envision looks much better than this! In dark gray or black, it’s not a bad looking piece! But the origin of the vehicle is a nonstarter, as is the lack of anything above a turbo-4 under the bonnet.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    What a sad and unhappy-looking front end with lights shyly peeking out from repurposed jet-engine intake ducts. Rough and tumble it does not look.

    I wouldn’t recognize it as a new Enclave. I can’t even remember what last year’s looked like, and so couldn’t give a tinker’s darn. Don’t think many get sold around these parts but could be wrong. All these two-box things blend into the background, most are one size, a fair few are smaller size, and then there’s big ones. All completely uninteresting and unexciing.

    I’m sure if I was a teen now instead of in the early to mid-’60s, I’d have had zero interest in “cars”. There’s nothing there these days, and making them electric will reduce the interest still further. The next Ford EV is a restyled VW ID4. Anyone remember that Ford tied up with VW to share VW’s platforms? Yeah, I know. Boring.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Well I guess I am the only person that likes this and I am ok with that. Its big like I want it and not dull looking. The only thing is that I dont really care for GM interiors.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    4th picture: I would like to see one of these driving toward me at night alongside a 2014-ish Mustang (unsure of the trim level), because it kind of looks like there is a Mustang hiding under there.

  • avatar
    Old_WRX

    This is pretty close to a blatant rip-off of the Subaru Outback’s snout. I guess they think that will make people think it’s less Mom and more macho.

  • avatar
    TheEndlessEnigma

    Buick = GM product = Hard NO

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      “…when it comes to long-term reliability in particular, Buick has absolutely decimated their supposedly more fashionable family member. While most  older Cadillacs rival old Kias when it comes to long-term quality, Buick is ranked #1 in our study when it comes to one important metric.

      Length of ownership. For active brands, the oldest trade-in on average in our study covering nearly 1,300,000 vehicles is not a Lexus or a Mercedes, it’s a Buick.  The reason is while a lot of premium brands try to pursue greatness to an audience that tends to have a more fickle and transient nature towards car ownership, Buick has been able to focus on what I would call ‘fine’-ness towards a more conservative audience that simply looks for a car that can comfortably do the job.

      If you ask an owner of an older Buick what they think of their car, the answer you’re likely to receive is someone in the realm of, “It’s fine”. There really isn’t a lot of love for an older car that is created for conservative tastes. But for those who consider cars to be little more than a comfortable intermission between going here and there, Buick has fulfilled that reasonable expectation better than nearly everyone else….” thedrive 

      • 0 avatar
        TheEndlessEnigma

        You act as if you believe Buick to be it’s own independent company, it is not. Buick pulls it’s part from the GM parts bin, the body styling is the badge engineering component, nothing more nothing less. Add to that, GM is building more and more Buick in The People’s Republic of China and importing them into the US.

        NO.

  • avatar
    AVT

    I will say this is one of the few vehicles I would consider to replace my Lincoln MKT. It can tow a decent amount, has a decently powerful NA V6 (So less reliability concerns compared to my 3.5TT ecoboost in mine) and a quiet, smooth ride. To be perfectly honest, I don’t go shopping for SUV’s based on looks even though I don’t think its as bad as some make it out to be (if I’m buying another sports car or collector vehicle, that’s a different ballgame), I go shopping for them based on what I consider my best fit for intended function. For me, it has the features, the comfort, and capability I need out of this type of vehicle. And if I can pick it up CPO or used at have price in 2 or 3 years, to me its a great deal. There is a reason GM/Buick moves a lot of these and the buyers are repeat owners. Elderly couple up north bought a new 2019 enclave an I’m sure they get a new one in another year or two like normal.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      The stripped Enclave is low $30’s and less expensive than a Honda Pilot, so it is quite a deal. Plus the Enclave at $31K feom MSRP of $42K is about 25% off. So your saying the Enclave will only lose 25% of its value in 3-years, or retain 75%?! That is in aclass of their own!

      • 0 avatar
        AVT

        Used enclaves (especially in the Midwest) tend to be worth about 50-70 percent of original MSP after 2 to 3 years. Basic ones are really good bargains but for someone like me, I’d have to have the avenir model (it has the features I want like ACC and BSM and cooled seats and upgraded audio/interface). Those go for around 40’s. The nice thing is the majority of owners are older couples (like my aunt and uncle who bought one when they retired) and they drove them gently and cared for them really well. So even if one is 4 or 5 years old, they still have extremely low miles for the age and you can still leverage the depreciation in your favor (I already told my uncle I’d be interested in buying his when he get another vehicle) especially if you go purchase it as a private party and not through a dealership.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      The stripped Enclave is low $30’s and less expensive than a Honda Pilot, so it is quite a deal. Plus the Enclave at $31K feom MSRP of $42K is about 25% off. So your saying the Enclave will only lose 25% of its value in 3-years, or retain 75%?! That is in aclass of their own!

  • avatar

    Designed is not a big deviation from the best version of the best. Really new, indoor trains and new driving.

    In terms of design, it is not much different from the current Enclave and is not a remake that we saw in the recently redesigned 2021 Envision. New interior and powertrain.

  • avatar
    Scalewoodman

    In my (over 55) development I can’t believe the number of lemmings driving Highlanders and RAV4’s – this is ripe Buick territory if there ever was one. Rooting for Enclave to catch the eye of retired Boomers with fat wallets!

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Why are retired people in a community (presumably with an HOA) driving such big vehicles?

      • 0 avatar
        2kriss2kross

        For most retirees, crossovers are taking place of the panther bodies, b-bodies and land yachts of yore with the added benefit of not having to scrunch into a sedan.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Yes, Toyota is for old people or as the 40-years olds on our street all drive Honda’s as they don’t want their parent’s car/image. But RAV4 and Highlander have similar demographic of 60-year olds as does CR-V and Forester.

      “…When it comes to demographics, in comparison to the midsize SUV segment, 57% of previous-generation Highlander owners are male (vs. 56% for the segment), is 59 years of age (vs. 56 years),…”

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        My Corolla IM, wholesale, is worth more than I paid for it right now.

        Buick died in 2010, it became window dressing for Opel and Daewoo now likely becoming dressing for SAIC.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          Buick sells more than Acura. When did Acura die? Infiniti? Volvo? Jaguar?

          Yes, when you buy at a good discount and used prices go up 30% you won’t lose much today. My CT6 was half off with 575 miles and is similarly priced as autotrader with twice the miles.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Well, yes, when it comes to who’s buying horridly overpriced crossovers, the prime market is the over-60 crowd, as they’re the ones with the income to make it happen.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    I will look forward to sampling this hot smelly garbage in the National Emerald Aisle soon when it assumes it’s rightful position with all of the other modern Buicks I see as rental upgrade fodder.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I’m going to shill a bit for the Encore – three years ago, I had one as a rental for a few weeks when my car was in the body shop for hail damage. Even ended up pressing it into service for a 1,000 mile road trip due to a death in the family. It was fairly slow, and the fuel mileage was low for such a tiny car, but otherwise, it was a decent car – to the point that I suggested my kid check one out when it was time to buy her first car (it was too pricey in the end).

      Then again, this is when the Encore came with a four-cylinder. Apparently the new ones are three-bangers.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    A friend of mine had one late last year as a rental when his car was in the shop. Not all that bad, but it seemed like at least the one he had was seriously gutless. Maybe I’m spoiled with the power my car has, 485, but it just seemed ponderously slow. My friend complained too, and all his cars are, well, slugs, so it had to at least be a little weak. I had to laugh when he got all confused by the stereo, which was a total cinch to figure out.

  • avatar
    gregtwelve

    I bought a 2018 Lacrosse premium 2 years ago with 14,000 miles for 57% of the MSRP, although I see comparable 2017 models for sale today for a few thousand more than I paid because of the crazy used car prices now…and with 3 times the mileage.

    It is the finest car I have owned. The 3.6 V-6 with the 9 speed automatic does 0-60 in 5.6 secs. according to Car and Driver. On a recent trip my best 25 mile MPG average was 43 and using regular gas.

    It is smooth, quiet and comfortable, has a ton of features and a beautiful interior in my opinion, especially in the neutral color.
    I have not had one issue with the car in two years. After upgrading the door speakers, and covering the A-Pillar tweeters the base sound system sounds better than my son’s JBL system in his Toyota. It has much deeper bass thanks to the dual subwoofers in the rear deck which I kept.

    I don’t get the Buick bashing here. The Enclave and the Lacrosse are/were assembled in Michigan. I am disppointed that the Lacrosse was discontinued. The refreshed Chinese version is beautiful.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I have a 2012 Buick Lacrosse eassist that I bought from my neighbors a year and a half ago with 45k miles. It is a beautiful car and it gets 36 mpgs highway. The Enclave is a nice vehicle and would be a good family vehicle but I don’t need or want something that big. I like the Envision but not that crazy about it being made in China. As for the Encore my wife looked at one when it came out and she thought it was too small so we bought a loaded CRV instead for no more than what the same equipped Encore was in 2013. I am disappointed as well that the Lacrosse and Impala were both discontinued but this seems to be the direction of the auto industry more suvs, crossovers, and pickup trucks and less cars.

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