*THE CAR: 2020 Enclave Essence AWD 1SL
The 2020 Enclave Essence, the model between the Preferred and the Premium, is a pretty cool vehicle. Since it was introduced in 2007-8, it has had three redesigns. The last one was in 2018. The Enclave Essence is both a mammoth and a luxurious SUV. To enjoy, just get in, sit back and ride! Surprisingly, it handles and maneuvers well as it hits the street. This is how the Buick Enclave models roll.
I drove the Enclave Essence with the 36L V6, SIDI, VVT engine, and 9-speed transmission with an ebony twilight metallic exterior and the dark galvanized with ebony accents interior for one week and enjoyed every minute of it. It was classy and comfortable.
I’m tall, so I appreciate the spacious headroom. There is a cool leather wrap steering wheel. On the left-hand side of the steering wheel there are the Bluetooth and cruise control. On the right of the steering wheel are the controls for the instrument cluster.
This SUV is a head-turner, indeed. It’s so comfy and fun to drive – you’ll keep thinking of places to go.
The 7-passenger, three-row cabin is roomy, unpretentious, smooth and contemporary. The exterior is equally impressive. It, too, is ritzy and progressive.
While it’s not cheap, it is affordable coming in at under $50k.
VEHICLE AT A GLANCE:
Leather-appointed seating, 7-passenger seating, power seat adjust, driver 8 way and passenger 6 way, drive and front passenger heated seats, power lumbar, driver seat, power lumbar, passenger seat, air conditioning, tri-zone, auto climate control, Buick quiet tuning, active noise cancellation, Universal home remote, Buick infotainment system W/8” diag. HD color touchscreen, voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming, APPLE Carplay, and Android Auto capable, in-vehicle apps, and personalization capable, keyless open/start, Onstar ® services ad 4G LTE Wi-Fi ® available, SIRIUSXM radio capable, all-access trial W/ subscription sold separately, daytime running lamps, LED, headlamps, LED, wheels, 18” aluminum, remote vehicle starter system, mirrors, power outside, heated, manual-folding, driver-side auto-dimming, with turn signals, liftgate, power, hands-free with projected LOGO, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, HD rear vision camera. OPTIONS: dual moonroof, power front and fixed rear, unique sport grille with body-color surround sport-touring liftgate badging.
FUEL ECONOMY: 17/25
THE DRIVE: Pleasant!
Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, The Wave newspapers, LA Watts Times, Black Meetings and Tourism, This Stage, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Grammy, BlackVoices.com and more. Contact her via [email protected]