Enormous interior bigger than any 3-row luxury model; abundant standard equipment; user-friendly controls; whisper-quiet cabin
Big size means it can be cumbersome to maneuver; unremarkable interior quality for a luxury model; finicky electronic shifter
The Enclave was completely redesigned last year, so it effectively goes unchanged for 2019.
There's so much standard equipment in the base Preferred trim level that we'd be tempted to keep things simple, but the Essence's leather upholstery and blind spot warning system are worthy upgrades for a reasonable price. Otherwise, the top two trims are priced deep into luxury territory, and they really only compare well if you truly value the Enclave's superior interior space.
The 2019 Enclave is available in four trim levels: Preferred, Essence, Premium and Avenir.
ThePreferredtrim ($40,000) is FWD only and comes standard with 18-in wheels, automatic LED headlights, a hands-free power lift gate, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, proximity entry and push-button start,tri-zone automatic climate control,cloth upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats (8-way driver, 6-way passenger), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, second-row captain's chairs, active noise cancellation, Bluetooth, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, six USB ports, an 8-in touchscreen,Apple CarPlay,Android Auto, satellite radio and a 6-speaker sound system.
TheEssencetrim ($42,000) adds blind spot andrear cross-traffic warning systems, leather upholstery and an ionizing air cleaner.
ThePremiumtrim ($48,100) addsforward-collision warningwith pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, GM's Safety Alert seat, front parking sensors, automatic highbeams, power-folding mirrors (driver-side auto-dimming), driver memory settings, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third-row seat, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, HD Radio and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. A sunroof is optional, and both the Essence and the Premium are available with integrated navigation.
TheAvenirtrim ($53,500) is the most luxurious Enclave, boasting elevated interior materials, fancier exterior styling and unique color choices. It also adds 20-in wheels and a dual-panel sunroof (both available on the Premium), along with an upgraded instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging, GM's rearview mirror camera, a surround-view parking camera and navigation.
The Avenir's Premium Suspension package adds adaptive suspension damping. Its Technology package addsadaptive cruise control,higher-speed automatic braking and adaptive suspension.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Volkswagen Atlas-- If the Enclave's size appeals, then the Atlas is the next-closest thing. Its solid, big-vehicle feel behind the wheel is also similar, as is its premium vibe in upper trims.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse-- If you appreciate the Enclave's size and basic feature content, look to the Traverse. Basically, it's a mechanically similar vehicle, but with lower-quality interior trappings.
2019 Mazda CX-9-- Although not considered a luxury crossover, top CX-9 trim levels do a very convincing impression. It manages to balance a sporty driving experience with upscale comfort, 3-row seating and excellent fuel economy. Just don't expect comparable size.
Used Audi Q7-- The Q7 has much less space than the Enclave. It's also much pricier, so we'd be talking about a used orcertified pre-ownedQ7 here. Nevertheless, the stylish Q7 is a solid, truly luxurious 3-row SUV. If you can swing the most recent model introduced for 2017, you'll get one of the most technologically advanced SUVs around.