2013 Buick Enclave Review

  • MSRP: $38,445
  • MPG City: 17
  • MPG Hwy: 24
  • Seating Capacity: 7 (8 optional)
  • Rating: 8.4

The new 2013 Buick Enclave has been given a number upgrades including the exterior styling, suspension tuning and interior design. In addition to a significant refresh of the exterior and interior designs, the primary addition to this model is the IntelliLink infotainment system displayed on a 7” full-color touch screen that can be controlled using voice commands or through a connection to a smartphone. It is capable of carrying out a range of tasks including making phone calls, playing music from your device and playing internet/satellite radio. The changes made to the interior have improved its quality and designs and there is plenty of room and features for passenger comfort and entertainment. The retuned suspension gives the driver a smoother ride and a better handling experience. Reviewers have noted that the vehicle can be awkward in tight spots but for a crossover, it drives and handles well enough.

Pros and Cons

  • Quiet, roomy interior
  • All three rows are comfortable for adults and kids
  • Attractive exterior
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Handles well and provides a comfortable ride
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Below average engine and performance

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A full-size crossover, the Enclave has one trim and three different equipment groups. The vehicle comes standard with captain’s chairs in the second row and capacity for seven passengers. The Premium and Leather groups have the option to change the second-row seats to bench seats which increases the capacity to eight.

The Convenience Group comes standard with 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, sensors for rear parking, ignition that has a remote, climate control that is tri-zoned, cruise control and a driver’s seat that has eight-way comfort control. There are also two lumbar adjustments for the driver, a passenger’s seat that can be adjusted and a steering wheel with tilt-and telescoping. Also included are rear-view mirror dimmer, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, automatic xenon headlights and a sound system with a CD player, audio jacks, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. The On-Star emergency system is also standard, along with Bluetooth phone and audio as well as smartphone apps. The vehicle also has a rear-view camera system and large comfortable cloth upholstered seats.

Base Specifications

  • Class: 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Trim: Convenience FWD
  • Passenger Capacity: 7
  • Passenger Doors: 4
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
  • Engine: Gas V6 3.6L/217
  • Horsepower: 288 @ 6300
  • Torque: 270 @ 3400 3.6L/217

The Leather Group has several extra features including a blind-spot system that warns the driver that something is behind/beside the vehicle, 19-inch wheels, cross traffic alert and leather upholstery. The front seats are heated and the passenger’s seat has an eight-way power comfort control.

The Premium Group has all the features of the Convenience and Leather group plus auto-dimming mirrors for the driver that are also power-folding, the steering wheel that is power adjustable, ventilated and heated front seats and a Bose sound system with 10 speakers. The Bose system is also optional in the Leather Group.

The Leather and Premium groups have more options to choose from like having 20-inch wheels, rear glass roof panels, a sunroof, an entertainment system in the rear-seats and IntelliLink with an integrated navigation system.

Reviewer Comments

“The Enclave offers excellent value in terms of space, amenities, styling and efficiency. It undercuts more expensive premium brands by thousands of dollars while still offering the luxury experience that premium-brand buyers demand.”

– Kelley Blue Book

“The Buick Enclave builds on the strengths of its more mainstream cousins by offering tangible upgrades in luxury and style. Its car-like driving dynamics and impressive passenger and cargo versatility make it a fine choice for shoppers considering a premium SUV.”

– Consumer Guide

“The three-row 2013 Buick Enclave makes an excellent choice for families who want classy styling, a luxurious interior and minivan functionality in an SUV package.”

– Edmunds

Performance and Powertrain

The Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower. Front wheel drive comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. The option of all-wheel drive is available. The Enclave can tow as much as 4,500 pounds. The AWD Buick Enclave accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. This rating is on par with other large crossovers. The Enclave shifts smoothly through all gears and has decent fuel economy. The front-wheel drive trim will get 17 mpg for city driving and 24 mpg on highway trips. The all-wheel drive SUV will get 16 around the city and 22 MPG with highway driving. Overall, the front-wheel drive gets a combined mileage of around 19 MPG and the four-wheel an average of 18 MPG.

Safety Features

The Enclave has antilock brakes, traction and stability control, curtain airbags that are full-length, a rearview camera, and side airbags. There is also a large airbag between the two front seats for extra safety, which will deploy if there is a side impact. On-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle locator, automatic crash notification and an emergency button are all standard with the OnStar system. Included in the Premium and Leather groups is a blind-spot system to warm of oncoming traffic or objects and a cross-traffic back-up warning system.

Special Features and Interior Design

The Buick Enclave’s level of luxury lies part way between a regular family SUV and a high end luxury brand. Many of the materials used in the interior have been upgraded. The dash now has a padded, leather-like cover. The contrast provided by the stitching gives the dash a classy look. The interior is very plush and the cabin is extremely quiet thanks to the insulation used to keep out engine and road noises. The doors and dash have LED rope lighting that gives the vehicle an upscale appearance. Three easy to use knobs help to control the climate. The touchscreen is large and the icons can be arranged in any order, but the downside is that there are often delayed or missed reactions to inputs. The rear entertainment system will not bother the driver and the passengers can enjoy their own music while traveling.

The Enclave has ample room for adults in all seats and enough room for 23 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row. When the seats are folded down, this becomes 115 feet of cargo space. The comfort of the front seats rate extremely high thanks to their adjustability and materials. All of its amenities, space, styling and efficiency make the Enclave a great vehicle. The 2013 Enclave looks, drives and feels like a luxury vehicle and the fact that its starting MSRP is lower than that of many of its competitors including BMW, Audi and Acura, makes it an extremely appealing SUV for many buyers.

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2013 Buick Enclave Front Exterior

Buick Enclave Interior Dashboard

Buick Enclave Side View

Enclave Side Exterior

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