Buick Enclave — A fashionable 3-row crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 30, 2020) The biggest problem for the Buick Enclave as it reaches the third year of its second generation is an ever-growing list of high-quality three-row crossover vehicles. There are a number of desirable people haulers now on the market with the entry of the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade and an-all new Ford Explorer. And if you are enticed by the top-trim Enclave Avenir, the competition is fierce in this price space with entries from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo.

Buick Regal TourX — A modern wagon

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Buick once made the large station wagon a staple of the American highways before it went out of style in favor of minivans and then crossover SUVs. But if you like the utility of a crossover, but still yearn for a sedan-like vehicle, than the modern mid-sized station wagon might be the answer, and Buick might just have your number with its new Regal TourX.

Buick Encore — Driving small in style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were skeptical when Buick introduced the 2013 Encore mini-crossover. We openly wondered if such a diminutive vehicle — even in the exploding small entry-level luxury crossover segment — would go over with the Buick crowd who were accustomed to much larger offerings. Much of our skepticism was erased when we first drove the Encore, which we discovered a very appealing piece of work.

Buick Envision — Quality crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Every automotive brand these days needs a full range of crossovers to fully compete with rivals. For more than a decade the resurgent Buick brand enjoyed robust sales with its near-full-sized Enclave. In 2013 it added the diminutive Encore — to rousing success. And to round out its lineup Buick introduced the compact Envision in 2016. For 2019, the Envision has been refreshed with added torque to its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, a new 9-speed automatic transmission and front and rear restyling.

Buick Regal GS — Performance and style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Built in Germany, Buick designers have completely rethought the Regal GS for 2018. Sedans have been replaced with a sleeker, coupe-like hatchback that Buick calls Sportback to mimic — we suppose — such German stalwarts as the Audi A5 Sportback. Despite the loss of a trunk, the GS remains every bit the driver's car.

2018 Buick Regal TourX

INDIANAPOLIS — One of my favorite cars is the green 1970 Buick Estate wagon, woodgrain and all, that co-starred in the movie, The Way Way Back.  It’s a classic America family car so familiar to Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers.  But, in a world of crossovers, wagons have taken a third-row seat to SUVs of all types.  The Subaru Outback, built in Lafayette, Ind., is now the nation’s best-selling wagon.  Somewhere between the Outback and The Way Way Back is a new-generation Buick wagon — The 2018 Regal TourX.

Buick Enclave — Second generation

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's been more than a decade since the Buick Enclave was introduced, a luxury-oriented near-full-size crossover that challenged competitors with a stylish design and a library-quiet interior. Since then Enclave has soldiered on with incremental improvements, updated software, and engine and transmission refinements.

2018 Buick Enclave

INDIANAPOLIS — Buick can be described as BE and AE, or before and after Enclave.  Before Enclave, Buick built large fluffy sedans for large fluffy people.  After Enclave, Buicks found homes in the exclusive driveways of younger style-conscious professionals.  Beyond that, though, Buick virtually invented the concept of a luxurious three-row crossover that’s become a staple of every luxury automaker.  After a decade, the Enclave goes in for a makeover.

Buick Encore — Small and attractive

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Luxury in a small, fuel-efficient package is the new hot commodity in the automotive world and the Buick Encore certainly fills the bill. It’s stylish and seems to suit the tastes of those who expect luxury appointments, a quiet cabin, an excellent driving position, and the ability to carry four adults in relative comfort.

Buick LaCrosse — Taking it up a notch

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Buick has taken a giant step forward with the all-new 2017 LaCrosse — more sophisticated and refined than any full-sized Buick sedan in recent memory including the last generation LaCrosse.