If you can’t make up your mind between Chevrolet’s 2018 Enclave or Buick’s 2018 Traverse platform mates, but want a full-size four-door crossover utility vehicle, then here’s one rather significant mechanical feature that might sway you: an upgraded suspension system that’s offered on the Buick, but not on the Chevy.
Continuous Damping Control
The upgraded suspension feature in question is none other than the continuous damping control, or CDC for short.
In case you missed our previous coverage of continuous damping control (CDC), here’s the lowdown: the computer-driven system delivers optimized ride comfort and handling capabilities by adjusting the suspension system to varying road surfaces and profiles every two milliseconds. Sometimes referred to as Continuously Variable Real Time Damping, CDC is typically assigned RPO code F45, which is also the case on the 2018 Enclave.
CDC can be thought of as a “light” version of GM’s critically-acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) technology. Though both are active suspension technologies, they are not the same, with MRC utilizing more advanced shocks filled with magnetorheological fluid.
On the 2018 Enclave, Continuous Damping Control is available only on the range-topping Enclave Avenir. On that trim, it is offered exclusively on the optional Avenir Premium Suspension Package (RPO code CWM) that includes CDC shocks and a revised steering calibration, and that trim level is of the Avenir Technology Package (KSG) that includes:
- Adaptive full-speed cruise control with Stop/Go
- Forward Automatic Braking
- Front active grille shutters
- Premium Suspension Package
By comparison, the 2018 Traverse doesn’t offer Continuous Damping Control on any model, trim level, or package.
The difference is noteworthy, since the Enclave’s availability of Continuous Damping Control is one of the ways GM chose to differentiate the crossovers mechanically, as both models ride on the same long-wheelbase C1 platform.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir Details
The Avenir trim level is Buick’s new flagship trim level. On the 2018 Enclave, it includes:
- Unique upper and lower grilles
- Avenir badging for wheels and front door
- Unique Chestnut/Ebony or Ebony interior color
- Avenir embroidered head rests and floor mats
- Bold script sill plates for all four doors
- Premium film decor accents
- Wood steering wheel
- Buick Infotainment with Navigation
- Wireless charging
- Power dual-moonroof with fixed rear skylight
- 8″ reconfigurable DIC (driver information center)
- Surround Vision with full display inside rearview camera mirror
The Enclave Avenir is only available in five exterior colors:
- White Frost Tricoat
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Dark Slate Metallic
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
The MSRP for the 2018 Enclave Avenir is $54,390 for the front-wheel drive model and $56,690 for the all-wheel drive model. The Avenir Technology Package is an additional $2,095. In comparison, pricing for the top-of-the-line 2018 Traverse High Country starts at $53,595, with the model including all-wheel drive as standard.
That means the difference in price between the 2018 Enclave Avenir with all-wheel drive and variable real damping versus a 2018 Traverse High Country is $5,190. It’s worth mentioning that both models are powered by the 3.6-liter LFY V6 engine mated to the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission.