2013 Buick Enclave Overview
2013 Buick Enclave Overview
The 2013 Buick Enclave is a luxury crossover SUV, with available seating for seven. The rear cargo area is accessed by an easy-to-operate, power lift gate, and allows for impressive cargo capacity. For the 2013 Enclave, Buick designers took their styling cues from previous models, yet offered the 2013 version a few exterior and interior touch-ups and technological upgrades. Though the name Buick doesn’t carry the weight or pack the punch that it once did, the Enclave is yet another example of the fact that Buick build class competitors.
The 2013 Enclave is a beautiful crossover. Considering its exterior presence, it’s one of the better-looking American-manufactured crossovers on the road. The Enclave continues to be built around the 3.6-liter, V-6 powertrain of past models, presenting drivers with an impressive 17/24 mpg city/highway. When measuring economy alongside its luxurious interior features, the 2013 Buick Enclave is worth a good look.
New for 2013
The 2013 Buick Enclave didn’t receive a complete redesign, yet enjoys several updates from the 2012 model.
- New HID headlights featuring translucent rings, and LED accent lighting
- Changes to the waterfall-style grill
- New rear fascia featuring LED taillights
- Chrome-tipped dual exhaust
- Upgraded front suspension
- Addition of the Buick IntelliLink communications technology Ice blue ambient lighting similar to other Buick luxury models
When taking a gander at the 2013 Buick Enclave, a few things are immediately noticeable. In years past, the Enclave has been worthy of a few looks, but with a few stylistic changes, it has quickly become a head-turner. From front to back, key features such as the new headlight design, featuring HID technology and translucent blue rings, immediately suggest a car which is ahead of the technological curve. The fender flares from past models remain an excellent styling cue, creating additional lines within the smooth and rounded body stretching from the hood to the roof. Standard roof side rails present practicality and potential without spoiling the Enclave’s overall aesthetic. The rear is marked with a new fascia, presenting a much sportier look from 2012. The new LED taillights and chrome-tipped exhaust ports are eye-catching at first glance.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Buick Enclave presents luxurious features that are quite competitive in the SUV crossover class. The leather interior is spread throughout the cabin. Buick has offered space and style to all three rows of seating. The Enclave is able to very comfortably seat six, with available seating for seven. The attention-grabbing feature of the 2013 Enclave interior is the center-mounted IntelliLink system, offering everything from navigation to entertainment to the rearview camera as an added safety feature. Test drivers have raved about the quiet interior of the Enclave, devoid of excessive engine noise, or audible influences from the outside world.
Second and third row seating can be collapsed for additional cargo space. When all seats are in use, the 2013 Enclave boasts an impressive 23.3 cubic feet of cargo availability, which is easily accessible via the power lift gate. The cargo load floor allows for luggage, or more day-to-day items such as several bags of groceries. When laid flat, the Enclave presents 115.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats.
With the advances in automotive design technology, more and more vehicles are leaving positive impressions following safety tests. The 2013 Buick Enclave is no exception to that rule. According to IIHS, the Enclave received top marks in each of its standardized crash tests. Available OnStar® technology serves as an excellent safety feature of the Enclave, boasting crash assistance, as well as turn by turn directions whenever needed. Mechanical safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, multiple airbags, including standard front, side curtain, and rear head. With rollover being a concern among many SUV consumers, it’s worth noting that Enclave scored four out of five stars on the NHTSA rollover test.
The 2013 Buick Enclave is built to perform capably within the SUV crossover class, while offering interior amenities, comfort, reliability, and luxury. Buick succeeds expertly in achieving its goals with Enclave. The 3.6-liter V-6 is not the most powerful engine available in the crossover class, however, it offers drivers more than enough power for any driving need. The V-6 presents a smooth running 288 horses, and enough available torque to tow or haul a variety of accessories such as a small trailer, or sports and camping equipment on an available roof rack. More available power would be an asset, but it would likely sacrifice fuel economy. Perhaps Buick has found a happy medium.
The Enclave is not tuned with a sport-inspired suspension, yet it is a capable urban driver, able to stop, go, and maneuver with the best in its class. When it comes to fuel economy, it also ranks near the top of the list. It’s capable of outperforming many of its competitors, while offering a more enjoyable driving and riding experience when considering all standard and optional vehicle amenities.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Buick Enclave
- Mazda CX-9
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Infiniti FX37
- GMC Acadia
- Lincoln MKT