2013 Buick Enclave vs. Its Competition

2013 Buick Enclave
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Buick Enclave offers shoppers a stepping stone between mass-market minivan replacements and upscale luxury crossovers.

As such, it's drawn into a dogfight with vehicles like the Lexus RX, a popular five-seat crossover with a luxury owner experience and an available hybrid model.

The Dodge Durango's another viable alternative--not on a taste scale but on a raw capacity scale, and it tows more thanks to available HEMI V-8 power.

The Acura MDX is a direct competitor, without the Buick's suave good looks but with a bulletproof reputation for durability and a vast, flexible interior.

Finally, the Audi Q7 and Lincoln MKT represent the opposite poles of the luxury-crossover market that brackets the big Buick: the MKT's a bodacious crossover with polarizing looks and sky's-the-limit technology, while the Q7 offers a demure German take, with less interior space but tighter road manners and an available diesel model with good highway fuel economy.

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The Buick Enclave remains one of the most distinctive and comfortable large crossovers, and a substantially upgraded interior keeps it contemporary for 2013.
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The 2013 Acura MDX is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable vehicles to drive, if you must have three rows of seats.
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The 2013 Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability--without the off-road style or pretense.
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A composed family hauler most of the time, the 2013 Dodge Durango isn't afraid of getting its hands dirty when it needs to.
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The 2013 Lexus RX is plush and premium, and it delivers on that luxury impression, but it's not the over-the-top lavish expression some might seek.
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The shape of the 2013 Lincoln MKT might be polarizing, but there's undeniable charm in its luxurious cabin, its feature set and, surprisingly, its (EcoBoost) driving experience.
MSRP From     
$38,445$43,280$46,800$29,795$39,660$45,285
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door ConvenienceAWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus2WD 4-Door SXTFWD 4-Door4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777757
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift