Consumer Reviews Summary
11 of 12 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Buick Enclave Overview
Freshly redesigned for 2013, the Buick Enclave three-row crossover looks to compete with other luxury crossovers on comfort and especially on price adding more standard features and technology to go along with updated exterior styling.
The Enclave shares its architecture with a couple of its other GM siblings, the Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia, but is set apart by being the most luxurious of the trio by far, designed to compete with the best the luxury segment has to offer in the Acura MDX and the Volvo XC90. The outside of the Enclave, which last year had awkward proportions and a cabin that looked too long, has been tightened which makes the Enclave look more athletic and fits the Buick aesthetic more ably. Signature Buick cues like the portholes on the hood and the waterfall grille remain, while added chrome and LEDs give the Enclave a more premium appearance. A power liftgate for added convenience is standard.
Under the hood, the 2013 Enclave offers one engine/transmission combination: a 288-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 making 270 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive as an option for those who will be driving in poor weather. Fuel economy figures check in at an estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway with FWD and 16/22 mpg city/highway if AWD is equipped.
Inside, the Enclave doesn’t get as many styling retouches as the exterior but there are still plenty of new features to write about. The dashboard has been redone to add a centrally mounted touch screen used to control the new IntelliLink multimedia system which allows the use of smartphone apps. In addition, the climate controls have been reworked and some buttons have been replaced with capacitive touch controls. Buick has always been fond of rounded, circular shapes in their cabins and the Enclave is no exception.
Second-row captain’s chairs are standard and cap seating capacity at seven, but a second-row bench is also offered which expands the Enclave to eight passengers. Tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, remote vehicle start, and powered front seats are standard. Options include a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The 2013 Enclave held up very well in crash tests, earning a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS as well as a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. An electronic stability system, traction control, a backup camera, and plenty of airbags all come standard. Also standard is helpful technology like OnStar, rear parking sensors, and a theft-deterrent system. A blind spot warning system with rear cross traffic alerts is optional.