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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 32

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $57,100
Price as Tested: $59,890

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 22
EPA City mpg17
EPA Highway mpg25
EPA Combined mpg20

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The Enclave is Buick’s biggest SUV, a 3-row crossover that seats up to 7 people. Last fully redesigned in 2018, it shares a platform with the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. Changes for 2022 include refreshed front and rear sheet metal, updated interior styling, and more standard driver-assist safety features. The Enclave is a spacious vehicle designed to ferry large numbers of people and stuff down the road in comfort—a kind of 21stcentury version of 1960s and ’70s “land yachts.” And the Enclave fulfills its mission: The drivetrain provides good power plus smooth acceleration and shifting. The cabin is a pleasant place, with nearluxury appointments, excellent fit and finish, and plenty of storage options. Headroom, legroom, and shoulder room are generous all around, as is cargo space. Power folding third-row seating, with a 60/40 split, is actually suitable for 2 adults. The Enclave is up to speed where tech is concerned as well, equipped with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and multiple USB ports. Other amenities include tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, with a massage feature for front-row occupants. Not surprisingly, responsive handling and a controlled ride aren’t the Enclave’s forte - its soft suspension fails to inspire confidence in anything other than straight-line driving. Poor fuel economy - 20 mpg in combined driving - is another negative, as is rear visibility.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Good power, smooth acceleration and shifting
  • • Spacious headroom, legroom, and cargo room
  • • Near-luxury fit and finish
  • • Loaded with tech, especially for smart devices

Weak Points

  • • Handling and ride control could stand improvement
  • • Subpar fuel economy
  • • Poor rear visibility

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 2700.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 204.8 / 89.3 / 69.9
Wheelbase (in): 120.9
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Continental CrossContact LX 20
Front and rear tire size: 255/55 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 5,000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 9-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.6L V6 VVT
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,800

Test Data

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Handling: 4.60
Quality and Drivability: 7.16

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