2018 Buick Enclave vs 2013-2017: 2nd vs 1st generation differences

The Buick Enclave has entered a new generation after 10 years. See the differences between the two generations in this side-by-side photo comparison

2018 Buick Enclave - front2nd gen
2017 Buick Enclave - front1st gen F/L
The second-generation Buick Enclave rides on the new C1XX platform shared with the Chevrolet Traverse and the now smaller GMC Acadia. Unlike the other two, there's a very clear familial and evolutionary look to the new Enclave. That's not to say that it's bad, though.
2018 Buick Enclave - rear2nd gen
2017 Buick Enclave1st gen F/L
The second-generation Enclave very clearly bears all the hallmarks of the joint Buick/Opel design language, with round features, expressive use of chrome, and thin details.
2018 Buick Enclave - interior, dashboard, front seats2nd gen
2014 Buick Enclave - interior, dashboard1st gen F/L
Like the exterior, the dashboard has a very heavy Opel influence, despite the fact that the Enclave at over 5m (~197 inches) long was never intended to wear Opel badges. The detailing and the technology package are big step up from the first-generation Enclave, which debuted way back in 2007.
2018 Buick Enclave - 2+2+3 seating layout2nd gen
2014 Buick Enclave - seating layout1st gen F/L
Unlike the similarly sized Traverse, the second-generation Buick Enclave is only available with a 2+2+3 seating layout, limiting passenger capacity to seven people. Clearly captain's chairs in the second row are seen as a must-have luxury option.
2018 Buick Enclave2nd gen
2017 Buick Enclave - side1st gen F/L
Again the Buick Enclave is only available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine. Power and torque have been upped to 225kW (302hp) and 350Nm (260 lb-ft). A new 9-speed auto is standard, and buyers can choose between front-wheel drive, and an all-wheel drive system with twin-clutch rear differential.
2018 Buick Enclave - storage layout2nd gen
2017 Buick Enclave Interior - middle and rear seats1st gen F/L
In both generations, there are fold flat seats, and lots of interior room for passengers and cargo.

Dimensions (compared to first-generation Enclave)

Length: 5,189mm (+61mm) | 204.3 inches (+2.4 inches)
Width: 2,002mm (+5mm) | 78.8 inches (+0.2 inches)
Height: 1,775mm (-46mm) | 69.9 inches (-1.8 inches)
Wheelbase: 3,071mm (+51mm) | 102.9 inches (+2 inches)

Weight (base model): 1,977kg (-191kg) | 4,358 lb (-422 lb)
Trunk space (behind third row): 668L | 23.6 cu-ft

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]

2018 Buick Enclave vs 2013-2017: 2nd vs 1st generation differences