2013 Buick Enclave Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Buick Enclave remains one of the most distinctive and comfortable large crossovers, and a substantially upgraded interior keeps it contemporary for 2013.

The Buick Enclave is a large crossover vehicle that helped the brand usher in a new sense of style and a new generation of vehicles, back when it was a new model in 2008. After five years on the market, sales are still strong, and it's grown to become more feature-rich and refined for the 2013 model year.

More than halfway through its life cycle, GM's put some fresh touches on the Enclave, including an upgraded interior, some minor drivetrain and suspension improvements, and new infotainment and connectivity hardware, all in the quest to keep sales growing. We'd judge the changes a success, mostly because they don't tamper with the Enclave's goodness. That starts with the cleanly styled, curvy Coke-bottle exterior, which still looks contemporary, and now wears LED lighting and a new grille. The cabin's where the changes are more obvious: it's a full-on facelift, with new trim and materials that remove most of the hard plastics we've griped about, and replaced them with soft-touch pieces that finally merit the Enclave's pricetag.

Specs remain the same for the Enclave's powertrain. All models have a 3.6-liter V-6, making 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and it's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. An updated six-speed automatic transmission is less shifty than before—that's good news, as the Enclave and its GM crossover companions often hunted through upper gears. Fuel economy remains the same, in the acceptable 24-mpg highway range for a big crossover.

Ride and handling are less obviously massaged, but new dampers in front and retuned shocks in back don't disturb the Enclave's smooth ride or its reasonably responsive feel. It's still a vehicle that "drives big," but it's never been one that's felt anything but predictable.

The Enclave fits up to eight inside its cabin, and its standard features make it a player in the crossover world too. With all the seats in place, it's an acceptable minivan replacement, and with front-row heated and cool seats, it's comfortable like one too. Adults will fit fine in the first two rows of seats, although we wouldn't ask friends to sit in the wayback for long—family members may have to fit back there depending on how hard they played during the Thanksgiving football tournament. Behind the third row there's 23 cubic feet of cargo room, and with the second and third rows folded, that space expands to 115 cubic feet. The rows fold away neatly and we just remembered we have a date with IKEA that we need to keep.

The 2013 Buick Enclave also marks a first for safety: a front-center airbag that keeps safe front occupants in a side impact. Blind-spot monitors are new for the Enclave too. For those reasons, and a perfect score from federal testers and the IIHS, the Enclave aces our safety score for this year.

Buick's infotainment system, which it calls IntelliLink will be news to some shoppers, which helps the Enclave jet to the front of the line in connectivity. Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, including support for internet radio such as Stitcher and Pandora, are included. HD and satellite radio (subscription required), USB ports, a rearview camera, and voice recognition are all newly standard equipment this year. A premium Bose 10-speaker audio system and navigation are new additions to the options sheet.

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July 9, 2016
2017 Buick Enclave FWD 4-Door Premium

A very good premium SUV

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This is a solid choice for a premium SUV. Stylish inside and out, very quiet on the road, complete suite of safety features, smooth shifting transmission, handles well and comfortable for driver and... + More »
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August 11, 2015
2015 Buick Enclave AWD 4-Door Premium

I feel like I'm riding in style when I drive my enclave.

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The Buick Enclave has a great smooth ride with luxurious interior design and construction. The body design is great also.
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August 11, 2015
2015 Buick Enclave FWD 4-Door Convenience

I saw this enclave and I loved all the chrome on it

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smooth ride luxurious inside with many features.one other thing I love about it you don't see it in every corner makes it unique.something about Buick I have owned several older models like 1984 1985 1986... + More »
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June 10, 2015
2015 Buick Enclave AWD 4-Door Leather

excellent value for the money

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we love our Buick Enclave 2010 and now we are looking at a new one very good car
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April 28, 2015
2015 Buick Enclave FWD 4-Door Premium

best vehicle we have ever had

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one negative, touch screen should be higher. don't like looking down and lose sight of road.
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July 21, 2016
2014 Buick Enclave AWD 4-Door Premium

Great vehicle.. Needs to be refreshed.

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My only complaint is the fit and finish is not the quality of the Germans or Japanese for a $60,000.00 vehicle.
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May 16, 2016
2014 Buick Enclave AWD 4-Door Premium

This has been an outstanding vehicle for three years that I have owned it.

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I have had this car for 3 years and the only thing I have had to do is change the oil. I love both the interior and exterior of this car. Absolutely no problems.
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May 9, 2016
2014 Buick Enclave FWD 4-Door Leather

Enjoy the car.

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This is our second Enclave . Have enjoyed both of them. We did have trouble with the Sirius XM. Big deal ! I thought the people we bought from were certified dealers and they were not. Any warranty they can... + More »
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February 10, 2016
2014 Buick Enclave FWD 4-Door Premium

Transport you family and friends in luxuary and comfort in a Buick Enclaove

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We purchased our 2014 Enclave new in early 2015. It is basically my wife's car but I have driven it enough to render options. First of all the interior is beautiful and the vehicle is amazingly quiet. Handling... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2014 Buick Enclave

Enclave is a fantastic travel car.

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This is the second Enclave I have owned and both have flawless, quiet ride and smooth. Just love the interior fit and finish suits us very well. We will get another on in a couple of years.
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