If you are like most people, you might wonder “What, exactly, is a crossover? Is it a Sport Utility Vehicle? Is it more like a wagon?” It’s a question that has plagued car buyers for nearly a decade. But the concept of the crossover goes back to the 1940s. It lies somewhere between a sedan and a SUV, but with a little bit of wagon thrown in for good measure. Take the 2019 Buick Enclave, for example. It combines the agility of a sedan with the spaciousness of a SUV and the utility of a wagon. But it does so with a definite 21st -century style and flair.
Automakers the world over have been trying to produce the next type of vehicle basically since the first cars were made. Never satisfied with an existing design and always trying to stay one step ahead of consumer needs, they have pushed the envelope of what defines an automobile since people first started driving them. That is one of the reasons that pop culture has been permeated with futuristic automobile designs for the last century. That also might explain why some of these newest vehicles are turning that vision into reality.
Nevertheless, the crossover is here to stay. The 2019 Buick Enclave is one of the foremost of this class of vehicle. After debuting in 2008, oddly enough the same year as the term “crossover”, it has gone on to become one of the most highly regarded and most sought after crossover vehicles. Take a look below at a few of the reasons why people love this high-class crossover. Once you are done, head down to Rick Hendrick Buick GMC in Duluth and see one of these beauties in person.
The point of a crossover is more on the lines of utility and interior comfort, rather than brute power. That does not, however, mean that a crossover can’t have a little muscle under the hood. The 2019 Buick Enclave brings both the usefulness of a crossover and more than a little strength to the road.
The 2019 Buick Enclave comes equipped with a 3.6 liter V-6 engine, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the trim level you select, it can be had with either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. The engine gets 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. While that may not measure up to a full-sized truck or a classic muscle car, it is plenty of power for a crossover.
Even though the crossover typically is valued for what it can haul inside the cabin, the 2019 Buick Enclave can still tow up to 4,500 pounds. That is enough to attach a small trailer and haul around some camping gear or other weekend necessities. That comes in handy if you have already packed out its spacious interior.
In generations past, drivers looking for more space would have to opt for a station wagon or van to accommodate a large family or any other reason for having multiple passengers. While these vehicles were certainly useful in their ample interior space they weren’t always the most stylish. Additionally, they didn’t handle as well as a sedan. There was no middle ground.
With the rise in popularity of the SUV this problem became a little more manageable. Even then, the SUVs rode more like trucks, mostly because they were built on truck frames. When the modern crossover became popular in the mid-2000s, drivers looking for the roominess of an SUV and the handling of a sedan finally had their match.
The 2019 Buick Enclave has an interior that defines both the spaciousness and utility of the modern crossover. It comes standard with three rows that seat seven people. A bench seat second row is optional, bringing the total to eight. The front seat affords driver and passenger 42.6 inches of head room and 41.2 inches of leg room. That is plenty spacious for even those of above average height. The second row offers 39.9 inches of head room and 38.9 inches of leg room. The last row of seats has 37.6 inches of head room and 33.5 inches of leg room. That is still enough room for adults and more than enough room for children.
However, the 2019 Buick Encore also delivers on the utility aspect of the modern crossover. Behind the third row of seats is 23.6 cubic feet of storage space. That is already considerably more than any sedan on the market. When the third row is folded down, the cargo space more than doubles to 58 cubic feet. When the second row is down, the cargo space becomes a whopping 97.6 cubic feet. This means that whether you are taking a trip to the grocery store, hauling around a kids’ soccer team or helping a friend move, the 2019 Buick Enclave has got all of the interior space you need.
In total, the 2019 Buick Encore offers 154 cubic feet of space for passenger comfort. Whether you are driving the kids to and from school or taking a group of friends out for a night on the town, your passengers are sure to feel the spaciousness and comfort of the 2019 Buick Encore. Buick has stepped up the interior game beyond just comfort and room. QuietTuning is a technology specific to Buick that blocks exterior noise from entering the cabin. By utilizing certain engineering features, such as extra layers in the floorboard, an isolated engine, white noise, and insulated glass panels, QuietTuning keeps noise from outside the cabin to a faint whisper. This allows you to focus on the conversation, music or podcast going on inside your Buick and not have to strain to hear over the sounds of the road.
FM radio is not for every driver. If you are the kind of person that likes to customize your entertainment in your automobile the 2019 Buick Enclave is just the crossover for you. Standard on the 2019 Buick Enclave is three outlets, six USB ports and a six-speaker sound system. It also includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. What this means is that you can connect either your Apple or Android smartphone to the 2019 Buick Enclave’s infotainment system and have all of your favorite songs, internet radio stations and podcasts available through the sound system.
Now, being the safe and cautious driver that you are, you would never do something so risky as try to watch a movie while driving. However, if you are on a long road trip and need something more than car tunes to placate your children (or spouse), a DVD entertainment system is optional on the 2019 Buick Enclave. This package comes with two 8-inch LCD monitors mounted on the backs of the front seat headrests, with an additional option for headphones. Your passengers can be entertained for hours, all with you still being able to hear your own playlist or podcast. That is the definition of a win/win.
Of course, the 2019 Buick Enclave offers much more than just entertainment when it comes to automotive technology. Standard safety features also include Stabilitrak Stability Control, Rear Park Assist and a Rear View Camera. These safety features help keep your 2019 Buick Enclave safe. More importantly, it keeps those on the inside safe.