2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

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    2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    It seems sales are flat, and it should be outselling its competitors. The Lincoln Navigator is getting all sorts of attention and is getting a must have reputation, and the new Enclave could have been getting this type of reception. What's wrong? My thoughts:

    1. while the 2018 model is superior to its predecessor, I miss the ambient blue lighting and the clock. Also, I can't put my finger on it, but the wheels seem cheaper in the new model.

    2. I think GM damaged the Enclave name by keeping the old model for so long. Should have introduced a new model in 2014. The old style was around for ten model years. I know some people who leased two Enclaves back to back and then moved to another brand because they wanted something new. I think with three year leases so common, By year 7 in a car's cycle, you need a new model. If you leased a 2008 Enclave in the fall of 2007, then another in 2010, and a third in 2013, and fourth in 2016, that is the same model essentially 4 times. GM can't let that happen again. People get bored and want a change. They must offer something fresh even if it is new fascia or something.

    3. The colors seem dull, and that light interior looks cheap and awful. No blue paint at all? What premium carmaker doesn't offer blue?

    4. Options. Seems you have to pay much more to get safety things, and that shouldn't be the case.

    5. Buick ventiports. Everybody has the style the 2018 Enclave has. Buick should go back to its roots and have distinctive chrome "portholes" The Lacrosse is a good example.

    6. Rear styling is not distinctive.

    7. Let's hope for a 2021 MCE some things are changed, but I would speed things up for 2020.
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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

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    he colors seem dull, and that light interior looks cheap and awful. No blue at all? What premium carmaker doesn't offer blue?
    A blue interior? Almost no one.
    I'm not surprised Enclave sales are only up a little. The Traverse got a LOT better and sales reflect that.
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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    It’s expensive with little to no rebates and certain aspects are cheaper than the previous model including the lack of ambient lighting, more plastic on the dash and less appealing wheel designs. I also agree that the last model stayed around too long that ended up hurting sales the last two years.
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    The last blue interior I've been in was my mom's old 1989 GMC Safari.

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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    So a blue interior and clock lighting are going to increase sales?

    I do agree that GM kept the last gen Enclave around to long, but it is water under the bridge. Also, I don't think the last gen's age is impacting the current gen's sales, if that were true then you'd be seeing the same story with the Traverse. I think you need to look at the pricing of the last gen in the last year or two, did they have huge incentives pumping up the volume? Now the new gen is out with less incentives (I am assuming, I did not look this up) and it is a pretty expensive vehicle, I suspect that is your sales limitation. Plus as noted above, the Traverse could be stealing some sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    The last blue interior I've been in was my mom's old 1989 GMC Safari.

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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    No glovebox liner or light.
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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    The last blue interior I've been in was my mom's old 1989 GMC Safari.

    Just sayin'.
    New Insignia (aka Regal/Commodore) was available with a (black/)blue interior.

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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    blue exterior color.

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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    Sales are flat, but the revenue is likely much higher. They'll really start to move once there are incentives on the new model.

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    Re: 2018 Buick Enclave, could it be better?

    It's ****ing gorgeous. Needs only 3.6LTT in my opinion.


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