Buick says the 2017 LaCrosse sedan is its flagship vehicle, but it’s really more of a symbolic gesture. There’s no denying the 2018 Buick Enclave is truly the brand’s halo vehicle from a sales perspective. At one point, the nameplate also kicked off the brand’s design renaissance a decade ago as well.
So, here we are on the eve of the full-size crossover’s launch and we’re here to ask if the 2018 Buick Enclave is priced right, or if it may be asking too much of consumers’ share of wallet.
For a refresher, the 2018 Enclave will start at $40,970 when it goes on sale this fall, including destination. The starting price represents a $1,000 increase in the price, but Buick counters by saying there’s additional content loaded in, and the most popular trims are only $750 more than the outgoing model.
Things quickly approach the “F” word, though—that’s “fifty,” as in $50,000. The mid-range Enclave Essence starts at $45,190 with front-wheel drive and $47,190 before extras, and the Premium trim jumps to $48,990, or $51,290 for all-wheel drive. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir starts exclusively in the mid-$50,000 range at $54,390 or $56,690 with all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment on all 2018 Buick Enclaves includes push-button start, hands-free power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control and 18-inch wheels. So, really, even the base Enclave doesn’t sound like a bad place to be. The better-trimmed models simply pamper up and will certainly look premium.
So, what do you think? Are the prices in line for Buick, or is the Enclave moving into expensive territory? Mind you, the reason the Avenir sub-brand exists is because most buyers opted for the higher trims anyway. Have your say in the poll below and in the comment section.