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What Are the Differences Between the 2018 Buick Encore, Envision, and Enclave?

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Featuring three models whose names begin with “En-,” Buick’s lineup of SUVs and crossovers can be confusing at first. To give you more clarity about which one might be right for your needs, here’s a look at how the 2018 Encore, Envision, and Enclave differ from one another.


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2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave

Dimensions

The Encore is the smallest of these three vehicles. It’s about 168 inches long, holds up to five passengers, and features 48.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume.

Five passengers also fit in the Envision, but they’ll enjoy a bit more room than they would in the Encore. The Envision is nearly 184 inches long and has a maximum cargo capacity of 57.3 cubic feet.

The Enclave is Buick’s largest SUV. It’s more than 204 inches long, carries up to seven passengers, and offers 97.6 feet of maximum cargo volume. It also offers a bit more head room and leg room than the Encore or Envision.

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2018 Buick Envision

2018 Buick Envision

Performance

The Encore’s standard engine is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. It also offers an available 1.4-liter SIDI turbo engine that delivers 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for most of the Encore’s trims is a combined 28 mpg. One more performance observation for the Encore: You’ll enjoy sportier, more agile handling with this compact SUV than you will with its two larger companions in the lineup.

The Envision is equipped with a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that achieves 197 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. On some of the Envision’s AWD trims, the available 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine puts out 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Most of the Envision’s trims get a combined 25 mpg.

The Enclave offers a single engine: a 3.6-liter V6 SIDI engine that puts out 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Depending on whether you choose FWD or AWD, the Enclave gets a combined 20-21 mpg.

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2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave

Features

All three of these vehicles offer plenty of luxurious touches like a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-inch infotainment system, and power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Envision and the Enclave offer standard tri-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a 360-degree camera, but the Encore does not.

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2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore

Price

The Encore is the most affordable of the three vehicles, with MSRPs starting at $23,985 for the 1SV trim and ending at $33,095 for the Premium AWD trim. The Envision ranges from an MSRP of $34,990 for the 1SV trim to  $45,995 for the Premium II AWD trim. The Enclave is the most expensive of the three. The MSRP for the base 1SV trim is $40,990, while the MSRP for the top Avenir AWD trim is $56,795.

Conclusion: At one end of the spectrum, the Encore offers a sportier driving experience, better gas mileage, and a lower price. At the other end of the spectrum, the Enclave offers the most space for cargo and passengers, but significantly reduced fuel efficiency and a much higher MSRP. The Envision slots neatly between those two — but on the other hand, you can spend $10,000 less on the Encore and get better efficiency and almost as much space, or shell out an extra $6,000 for the Enclave and get quite a bit more power and capacity.

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