It’s always exciting when a new model year of a beloved vehicle, like the Buick Enclave, comes out. There’s a lot of discussion regarding what new features it will boast and if it will remain the same. Though we don’t have all the juicy details just yet, we know a few things that will become available with the 2022 Buick Enclave.
The 2022 Buick Enclave provides more standard safety features
The biggest complaints from most owners concern the number of standard features. Many automakers reserve the more upscale features for higher trim levels, but that doesn’t make consumers happy. Automakers like Kia, which offer more bang for the buck, have proven their vehicles sell faster than higher-end models that nickel-and-dime car shoppers.
Buick seems to be catching on and is offering more standard features on the entry-level Enclave Preferred. It will now have some highly sought-after safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, lane centering, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams, MotorTrend reports.
But Buick isn’t stopping there.
The new Buick Enclave also boasts a few aesthetic changes
The 2022 Enclave’s exterior has gotten a facelift. MotorTrend reports that the headlights are slimmer than those on previous models. Buick also reshaped the grille to offer a modern twist to the brand’s classic good looks.
The taillights got an upgrade, too, thanks to a chrome trim piece connecting them. Further changes include a restyled center console.
Also inside, optional features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless charging. And a 360-degree camera will make pulling in and out of tight parking spaces less of a chore.
For those who plan to travel in the 2022 Buick Enclave, a power-folding third-row seat makes packing much easier. That is as long as you don’t have passengers sitting back there. And a power-folding liftgate with a hands-free functionality will come standard.
The 2021 model can tell us more about what to expect from the new SUV
Because Buick hasn’t released specs or pricing for the 2022 Enclave yet, we can only look at the 2021 model for clues. U.S. News notes the Enclave hasn’t received any notable changes since the 2018 model, so Buick might’ve decided it’s time for an update. Regardless, it’s not a full redesign, so expect some of the 2021 model’s features in the 2022 version.
The 2021 Buick Enclave’s 310-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission will likely return. This engine earned praise for being energetic and offering a pleasurable ride.
And though the 2021 model’s interior received approval for its spaciousness, it was slammed for its “low-rent” materials. Buick has discussed the updated center console, but the automaker hasn’t mentioned updates to the interior materials.
It’s expected the 2022 model will seat up to seven passengers, but an optional second-row captain’s chair might mean some models will seat only six.
The 2021 Enclave starts at $41,195, which some critics consider too high for what it offers. It’s unclear if Buick will raise the price on the 2022 model, but it’s unlikely it will cut prices.
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