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The 2024 Buick Enclave is a midsize three-row SUV that straddles the line between mainstream and luxury. It’s a roomy SUV with an upscale interior at a lower price than most SUVs from more prestigious luxury brands in this class.

The Enclave is available in three trims, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Let’s look at what the three trims offer and which is the most popular among consumers and critics.

What are the trim levels of the 2024 Buick Enclave?

The base trim of the 2024 Buick Enclave is the Essence starting at $45,295. Like every Buick Enclave, it’s powered by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Output is sent to the front or all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include perforated leather seating, wireless charging, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six USB ports, seven-passenger seating, tri-zone automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener, and remote start.

The standard Enhanced Buick Driver Confidence safety tech suite bundles lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a following distance indicator, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and front/rear parking sensors.

The mid-range Premium trim adds some excellent luxury features, starting at $52,595. Additional standard features in the Enclave Premium include a head-up display, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a rear camera mirrors, an HD Surround Vision camera, rear pedestrian alert, and an 8-inch driver information center.

The top Avenir trim delivers peak luxury in a Buick SUV. On top of what you get in the Premium trim, it adds 20-inch aluminum wheels with Avenir Pearl Nickel finish, rain-sensing wipers, a dual-pane moonroof, enhanced automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and nicer floor mats.

Which trim of the 2024 Buick Enclave is the most popular with car shoppers?

The most popular trim in the Buick Enclave lineup is the base Essence trim, according to Edmunds. It’s not hard to see why the most popular Enclave is also the most affordable. The Enclave is so well-equipped in the base trim that it’s the best value. There’s also a pretty significant price gap of over $7k between the Essence and Premium trims.

Another perk adding to the appeal of the Essence trim is the availability of the Sport Touring package for $1,795. Although it doesn’t improve the performance, it adds a sportier look to the Enclave with 20-inch gloss black wheels, a unique grille with a body-color surround, and “Sport Touring” liftgate badging.

Which Enclave trim do critics like best?

There’s not much consensus among critics as to which Buick Enclave trim is the one to buy. Car and Driver agrees with shoppers and recommends the Essence trim because of its value factor. Autotrader says the mid-range Premium trim is in a sweet spot. MotorTrend likes the Enclave Avenir as a more affordable alternative to a pricier three-row SUV from a luxury brand.

In any case, a nice SUV for the money is the calling card of the Buick Enclave.

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