2021 Buick Enclave Avenir Test Drive and Review
Last month I conducted a test of the 2021 Buick Enclave Avenir SUV, courtesy of Ryan Green of Weld County Garage in Greeley. The vehicle was painted White Frost metallic and the interior was Chestnut leather with seating for seven.
The Buick Enclave Avenir: A Brief History
The 2021 Enclave Avenir is very important to Buick as the brand’s finest offering (Avenir actually being a sub-brand of Buick). The word “Avenir” is French for “future,” and the Enclave was one of two Buick offerings to receive the designation in 2018. Buick, a company founded in 1899 in Jackson, Michigan, has produced the Enclave full-size SUV for 14 years, with the first offering introduced as a 2008 model.
2021 Buick Enclave Driving Experience and Performance
During my days with the 2021 Enclave, I had a great time driving the car. Ruth (my wife) and I both noticed that there is a commanding feel with the firm ride, quiet interior experience, and visibility. Acceleration, reportedly seven seconds from zero to 60 mph, is provided by the 3.6 liter, 24-valve V6 with 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It’s coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission with an electronic joystick shifter.
EPA fuel economy ratings are 17 mpg city, 20 mpg combined, and 25 mpg highway, with a 19-gallon tank to provide a measure of cruising range. Intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch rear differential and switchable driving modes are also on hand.
2021 Buick Enclave Interior Details
Inside, the Enclave Avenir is quite cavernous, with 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, 58 cubic feet behind the second-row seating, 23.6 cubic feet behind the third row, and ample seating for seven adults when all seats are upright.
Substantial equipment was on hand, including a dual power moonroof, power hands-free liftgate, roof-mounted luggage rails, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation/backup camera (8″ display), and 10-speaker Bose stereo with XM radio. The rear camera mirror on the Avenir allows the rearview mirror to function as a traditional mirror or a camera, eliminating obstructions such as heads and headrests while tripling the rear field of vision for the driver.
The front buckets were powered, heated, and cooled, and the steering column had power tilt/telescope articulation.
2021 Buick Enclave Design and Pricing
Styling for the 2021 Enclave has a balanced, athletic appearance, with proportions that give the recently redesigned car a sleeker look with aerodynamic benefits for efficiency. The C-pillars remain blacked out to tie in with the deep tint windows, the wheels are pearl nickel finished 6-spoke 20” alloys with P255/55R20 all-season radials, and the grille is a three-dimensional mesh design paired with blackened chrome wings.
MSRP of my Buick tester was $61,245—that included $2,095 for the Avenir technology package, $650 for a trailering package, $405 for a floor liner package, and $600 for the White Frost tricoat metallic paint. The technology package included adaptive full-speed cruise control, forward automatic braking, and premium suspension with continuously variable real time damping. The base price is $56,300 and freight comes in at $1,195. Buick sold a little over 38,000 Enclave SUVs last year, and after driving the 2021 Enclave Avenir, it is evident to this reviewer that Buick intends to up that number in coming years. A 2022 refresh of the Enclave (delayed a year due to Covid-19), should give a boost to their efforts.
-Reviewed by Stu Wright