Many people that are shopping for an SUV to pull their camper or boat trailer think that a luxury option can’t handle the work. So, most boat and camper owners tend to go with the SUVs made by brands like Chevrolet, Ford or Toyota.

So, it comes as a big surprise to most SUV owners that luxury brand SUVs are not only really nice and comfortable, but many are more than capable of pulling a camper or boat trailer.

One of these highly versatile SUVs is the Buick Enclave. This mid-size SUV with three rows of seating is a great option for pulling your camper. While the Enclave isn’t considered a high-end luxury brand, it isn’t a mainstream option either. Think of the Enclave as somewhere between a Honda Pilot and an Acura MDX.

SUVs in this size and performance range are more than capable of towing a variety of trailers. Whether you’ve got a couple of jet skis for weekend fun, or a small family travel trailer, a Buick Enclave has more than enough performance and towing capacity for your towing needs.

What’s the towing capacity of a Buick Enclave?

Your Buick Enclave is more than capable of towing and is really a lot more powerful than the luxury brand might suggest. Buick has the Enclave rated with a 5,000-pound towing capacity, on their properly equipped models. Keep in mind that not all trim levels will be able to tow at this capacity, so make sure that you carefully read your owner’s manual or consult with your dealer for your specific Enclave’s towing capabilities.

If you are just now shopping for a Buick Enclave, make sure that you talk with your dealer, and ask for the Trailering Package. This is an optional, add-on package on some trim levels of the Enclave. It will add a bit to your purchase price, but you’ll know that the towing equipment added to your enclave is properly sized and installed for proper performance.

Can you pull a camper with a Buick Enclave?

Yes! Your Buick Enclave will pull a camper. Like many other mid-size SUVs, the Buick Enclave is a great option for families that want to get out and explore and enjoy being closer to nature without sleeping in a tent. The Enclave can pull lightweight camper trailers that can comfortably accommodate a family of four.

The Buick Enclave is equipped with three rows of seating and space for seven people, so plenty of room for your whole family. And with 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space there is plenty of room for your gear.

How much can the Buick Enclave tow?

We mentioned it before, but it’s helpful to mention this again. Not all Buick Enclave trim levels are capable of towing larger size trailers and campers. The base package on the Buick Enclaves allows you to tow up to 1,500 pounds, which is plenty if you just want to tow a bike trailer or teardrop style camper.

If you want to increase your towing capacity on your Buick Enclave, you’ll want to have the trailering package added. The trailering package is an optional add-on for the Essence, Premium and Avenir models. The trailering package will increase your towing capacity from that meager 1,500 pounds to a really handy 5,000 pounds.

The trailering package includes:

  • Heavy-duty trailer hitch mount
  • Heavy-duty engine cooling system
  • Hitch View guidance system
  • Haul/Tow mode
  • Trailer hitch
  • Wiring kit

It is also good to point out that not all Buick Enclaves come with all-wheel drive. And certainly, all-wheel drive isn’t necessary for towing, but you’ll feel more sure-footed towing on rough terrain, sand or snow and ice if your Enclave comes with all-wheel drive.

Buick Enclave towing engine specs

Every Buick Enclave comes with the same engine, so you don’t have to do extra work to figure out which engine option will work best for towing. The standard engine on the Buick Enclave will work fine for towing lightweight trailers and small campers.

The Enclave has the following engine specifications:

  • 3.6L V6 engine with a 9-speed transmission
  • 310 horsepower with 266 lb-ft of torque
  • Gas mileage for AWD models – 17 MPG city, 25 MPG highway
  • Gas mileage for FWD models – 18 MPG city, 26 MPG highway

Pros & cons of the Buick Enclave

We really like the Buick Enclave as an option for towing our favorite adventure gear. Not only is it a fairly powerful SUV, but it is very comfortable thanks to a ton of great interior features, and it rides really smoothly. Here are some other pros and a few cons of the Buick Enclave.


  • Quiet engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Great safety features
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Switchable all-wheel drive option
  • Lots of standard convenience features
  • Wi-Fi hotspot and device charging ports


  • Interior materials are not as high quality as other luxury models
  • Not the greatest fuel efficiency
  • Tilt-and-slide only on the passenger side of the second row of seats
  • Fuel efficiency isn’t as good as other mid-size SUVs with V6 engines
  • Higher trim levels are pretty pricey

Buick Enclave models

The Buick Enclave comes in our different trim levels: Preferred, Essence, Premium and Avenir. All four trim levels come with the same 3.6L V6 engine, and 9-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels are defined by their comfort features and inclusion of more advanced safety features.

Additionally, the base Preferred trim level is the only Buick Enclave that comes with front-wheel drive. The other three trim levels come standard with switchable all-wheel drive.

For the biggest bang for your buck, we suggest that if you are looking to use your Buick Enclave to tow a camper, boat or other trailer, the Premium trim level is your best value. You’ll be getting many of the available upgraded safety and comfort features, all-wheel drive, and the premium trim is perfect for adding the trailer package.

The price tag on the Premium trim isn’t so much that you’ll worry about getting it dirty on your next camping trip or taking down a dirt road to that excellent camping spot.

Final thoughts

When you decide to buy the Buick Enclave for towing your camper, boat or flatbed trailer, you really get the best of both worlds; a high-performance engine that is strong enough to tow your gear, combined with beautiful styling and all the features of a luxury SUV.

Just remember, the Buick Enclave only comes with the maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds with the added trailering package. So don’t forget to have your Buick dealer install the trailering package to your new SUV before you drive it off the lot.