In the current range, the Preferred trim level is difficult to justify. It is not especially affordable, being only $2,000 cheaper than the second-tier Essence. In return for paying less money, customers miss out on advanced safety features, including Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, plus SiriusXM with 360L.
All Buick Enclave trim levels are available with front-wheel drive, but Preferred is the only one without all-wheel drive as an option. The Trailering Package, which raises the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds, is likewise optional on every Enclave except this one. Furthermore, some LPO (dealer-installed) options, including the rear-seat infotainment system, are denied to the Preferred.
The demise of Preferred in the Buick Enclave range is part of a wider GM strategy to discontinue lower trim levels for the 2022 model year. As GM Authority has exclusively reported in recent weeks, the same applies to the Buick Encore, Chevy Blazer, Chevy Equinox, Chevy Malibu, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and GMC Terrain.
The Buick Enclave was scheduled for a refresh for the 2021 model year, but this had to be pushed back due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new model will feature revised exterior styling and several new features and options. As previously reported, it will also lose three exterior colors but gain three more.
Mechanically, the vehicle will remain unchanged. As now, the only available engine will be the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY, which produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and is paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Like the current model, it will be built at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan for all three North American markets.