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2013 Buick Enclave

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2013 Buick Enclave Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

As more people move away from truck-based SUVs into more manageable crossover SUVs, the 2013 Buick Enclave makes a lot of sense. Once known only for its near-luxury cars and aging customer base, Buick has transformed itself into a manufacturer of modern luxury vehicles with a uniquely American take. In the 2013 Enclave SUV, Buick has created a vehicle specifically targeting affluent younger buyers with growing families, people who otherwise might purchase an Acura MDX, Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need 7- or even 8-passenger seating in a vehicle that is reasonably sized, gets good fuel economy and sells for $40,000, the 2013 Buick Enclave SUV is an excellent choice, especially if you want to impress your friends with a luxurious interior and elegant styling.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If part of your upscale lifestyle includes towing a boat or horse trailer, the 2013 Buick Enclave crossover SUV's 4,500-pound tow rating may come up a little short.

What's New for 2013

A 2013 freshening brings the Buick Enclave crossover SUV new front and rear styling, a new instrument panel and interior trim, and an industry-first front-center airbag. Equipment packages are simplified; essentially, the former Convenience option group is now the standard base trim. Accordingly, the starting price increases almost $2000.

Driving the Enclave

Driving Impressions The 2013 Buick Enclave can easily carry up to eight adults in relaxed comfort. The driving character of the Enclave is not sports-car-like, but there is plenty of useful feedback...

in the steering and the capable suspension feels compliant and well damped. The Enclave's V6 engine provides adequate acceleration, but it could do with a little more horsepower. On the flip side, the Enclave's fuel-economy ratings are near the top of its class. At cruising speeds Buick's attention to noise reduction pays off; very little wind, road or engine noise makes it into the cabin. The 2013 Buick Enclave is available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions.

2ND-ROW SEATS
Getting to the rear-most seats in many vehicles can be a hassle. Not so in the 2013 Buick Enclave SUV, where the cleverly designed second-row seats, with flip-up cushions and the capability to slide far forward, provide a wide flat space to enter the third-row seating area.

QUIETTUNING
Buick's QuietTuning method of in-vehicle noise reduction may sound like marketing hype, but there is actually something to it. At higher speeds the interior remains delightfully calm and free of the racket that can fatigue occupants on long drives.

2013 Buick Enclave Details
2013 Buick Enclave photo Interior

The 2013 Buick Enclave gets a handsome new instrument panel with stylized instrument faces and clean integration of the IntelliLink touchscreen display. Accented with real stitching and new ice-blue LED ambient lighting, the Enclave's interior makes for a warm, inviting cabin. Laminated glass and copious sound-deadening material create a passenger space that is whisper-quiet at highway speeds. Available with either 7- or 8-passenger seating, the 2013 Enclave SUV features slide-and-fold second-row seats that can be operated with one hand, clearing a wide path to the third-row seat. Cargo space behind the third row is unusually generous for this class.

Exterior
2013 Buick Enclave photo

Although the basic shape remains, a new front fascia and hood, LED-enhanced headlamps and a new interpretation of the signature "waterfall" grille give the 2013 Buick Enclave a fresh look. The sheetmetal is clean and graceful, and appears remarkably compact considering the generous interior space it encloses. Nuances include the traditional Buick "portholes" above the front fenders. Further luxury enhancements include standard 18-inch wheels (19- and 20-inchers are optional), chrome-trimmed roof rails and new chrome exhaust tips integrated into the lower-rear fascia.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Buick Enclave SUV comes in three equipment levels. The base package ("Convenience") includes 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats, rearview camera and park assist, IntelliLink communications and Color Touch audio system with its 7-inch display. The standard airbag array includes 3-row side-curtain bags that stay inflated longer in the event of a rollover, and a new, industry-first "center-side" airbag in the center console that protects driver and front-seat passenger from opposite-side impacts.

Optional Equipment

Many of the available features for the 2013 Enclave come in the option groups offered. The Leather group adds leather upholstery and heated front-row seats. The Premium Group brings heated and cooled front seats, articulating headlights and a Bose 10-speaker audio upgrade. Other options include a $2,000 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for all-season capability, plus a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 8-passenger seating, Bose audio, a DVD navigation system and a power sunroof.

Under the Hood

Powering the 2013 Buick Enclave crossover SUV is a sturdy 3.6-liter V6. It delivers energetic performance and excellent fuel economy with the help of modern technologies like variable valve timing, direct injection and an electronic throttle. The V6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A wide spread of gear ratios helps get the most out of the engine while maximizing efficiency. We did, however, notice some delayed reactions from the transmission and the occasional rough shift. An optional AWD system is also available that requires no driver intervention and automatically distributes torque between the front and rear wheels.

3.6-liter V6
288 horsepower at 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 16/22 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Buick Enclave Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 326 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I really want to like this car - but cant!

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great for kids and trips"

Cons: "jerky transmission, steering creaks - etc,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"2009 - I loved this car at first. Almost immediately noticed a creaking noise in the steering column. Tried to get it fixed but am told they can't hear it. (Am I sure?) Transmission jumps when it shifts gears. Especially when backing up. Seats air and heater have been fixed. Display button has worn off twice. GPS went out. Side view mirror got stuck. Freon leak - had to be fixed. Exterior molding has rippling. Oh yeah and at least 4 trips to the dealer for recalls."

HORRIBLE ACCELERATION STUMBLE - I HATE IT!

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Rides good and quiet"

Cons: "ACCELERATION STUMBLE IS CHRONIC - I HATE IT!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"My Enclave has a horrible acceleration stumble 75% of the time I hate it!! It has gotten worse the older it gets. I have had it since it was new. Dealer claims it is because of the 6 speed transmission, I don't think that's what it is. But, I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER ONE!! This one thing has totally soured me on my Enclave - no matter how great all the rest of my experience with my Enclave has been. Also, battery in it died before it was three years old. General Motors products are showing the cost cutting going into their manufacture."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A note on the KBB Expert Review

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"In comparing the Enclave to others similar vehicles, the KBB expert review misses a huge issue -- second row captain's chairs. That was a must feature for my family, as it really makes life easier with young children who need to access the third row. The Acura and Infiniti (to which the reviewer compares) do not offer this option. The best I can tell, the only models that offer this other than the Enclave (and it Acadia and Traverse cousins) are the much more expensive Yukons and similars on truck platforms. Captains chairs were the deciding factor for us the Enclave, and I am surprised that the expert review misses this point entirely."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great, small weeks needed

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,150

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "price, reliability, good in snow, pretty"

Cons: "big, clunky, chair rails"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love this car. So convenient, so quiet, lovely design, intuitive east to use electronics. Could use a different interior color, could use a make over on the second row chair movement: has open(!) rails on which they slide, and I have three kids...enough said? Stuff stuck in there....all the time."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Excellent Ride

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet and smooth ride, interior finishes and space"

Cons: "Depreciation."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

2013 Buick Enclave

"We have the Buick Enclave for two years now and 23k miles on it. The ride is as smooth as you can expect, even better than my last two sedans that I have owned ((2006 Nissan Altima and 2015 Honda Accord). This is a family vehicle and its not a sport cars, but by no means its sluggish. Power is adequate and we get a combine gas millage of 17 MPG. We drive 50/50 highway and city. But I have to note that with the remote start, we usually leave the vehicle on (cooling)for five to ten minutes while we get the kids on their car seats and close out the house and as expected this drop the gas mileage considerably. We have the leather package, (IMO the way to go) and the interiors as good as any other competitor in the price range. All the convenience features are a big welcome too, for example the home-link/garage opener, the blind spot sensors, and the back up camera with proximity sensors, the tri-zone AC, etc. In summary this vehicle has all the features that you will expect from an upscale vehicle at a more reasonable cost and an interior space comparable to a minivan (without the minivan stigma). If you want a sportier vehicle look elsewhere, if you want comfort give the Enclave a try. We have a three year lease, so we don't have to worry with long term maintenance cost and that its something that you will have to research on your own. So far the only two issues that we have had with it were covered by the warranty, one was a door gasket and the other a tail light bulb. My only concern with this and all other american vehicles not named Jeep Wrangler is the depreciation. for some reason american cars even with the improved quality and reliability, post 2008 market crash, do not seem to hold their value in the long term."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

2013 Buick Enclave

Nice reliable luxury SUV

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet, good driving, safe, luxurious"

Cons: "Engine slightly overpowered under a full load"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"For a three row luxury SUV the Enclave is about the best car money can buy. We average about 19 mpg in residential driving, and beat the 22 mpg EPA estimate on the highway regularly getting 23 mpg or a little more. The car is comfortable in all three rows for people six feet tall and can seat 8 with the middle row bench seat. The second radio for the backseat passengers is convinent and the Panasonic video monitor shows movies for kids on long trips with no issues. Bluetooth for a model 5 years ago works perfectly, and can even read out text messages and allow you to dictate a verbal response immediately while driving. It is easy to use and its undertanding is pretty good. On Star is a nice feature we like a lot. They are always very helpful and they are able to help us find the closest resturant or whatever we need with minimal fuss. We have used them for directions probably about 60 times over five years, and only one time did they misdirect us - missing our destination by one block. Overall a good service. The car is exceptionally quiet and the kids fall asleep pretty easily. The V6 engine is good for better gas mileage - some might find it a little taxed on mountain roads and a full load, but that is the only time it might seem a little underpowered. The engine revs high under those conditions to get the torque necessary to move the heavy, 2 ton vehicle. I have nearly 60,000 on the car and it has been a good deal. I am only selling it as I no longer need a three row vehicle as I suspect it will last someone who buys it a very long time. It has been very reliable through 5 years of ownership."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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