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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 331 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Buick returned with a vengence!

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Best experience with a new car. Have purchased (new) a Suburban, an Excursion, a Civic SI, a Sable, and a Dodge 15-passenger van. Of all of them, this vehicle is the best experience by far. A few minor repair issues, but our dealer took care of them and the vehicle has been great for long trips or short around-town. Daughter was rear-ended by someone texting and driving at high speed and came through unscathed."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A wonderful vehicle

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet and enjoyable ride, good gas mileage"

Cons: "None"

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

"We have owned the 2012 Buick Enclave for 3 years and it has been a very reliable vehicle. We took a cross country trip from Ga to California last year through the hot desert in the middle of summer without any problems what-so-ever. The ride is very smooth and quiet. The suspension is impeccable. We are just now in the process of trading for a new one while it still has a high resale value and for some of the newer features but would be satisfied to drive it for many more years."

I love my wife's car!

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comforatable and roomy"

Cons: "Price and gas mileage"

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

"We needed a vehicle with 3 rows of seats for grandkids. We looked at almost every make/model with 3 rows and it came down to this or a Toyota minivan. I chose the Buick because it seemed so much nicer for the money. In AWD vehicles, engines and mileage were practically the same. I feel that we have purchased a vehicle that will last for many years to come. We tend to keep our vehicles 10 years or more. Nothing like a buick!"

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Classy Comfort

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, Family Entertainment, Buick Customer Serv"

Cons: "Drop in value, Electronic Mirrors, Interior Fan"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Saab_9_3 & Davo (and others) do a great job explaining this vehicle. It is a luxury ride and a wonderful GM product with plenty of room. Being a military family, we have filled it to the brim, loaded the top, and towed things across many states with no issues and all in quiet comfort. The ride is so smooth with plenty of power but it is still not a sports car. It is also not a 4x4 off-road vehicle but our Enclave has been through snow storms and in the aftermath of a hurricane and on the back roads of Oklahoma and has not once gotten even close to being stuck thanks to the all wheel drive and traction control. The only problems we have had (not self-induced) is the gear inside the driver side mirror has broken so it no longer retracts electronically and the interior fan motor has gotten slightly louder at the lower speeds but it is over 7 years old and approaching 80k miles so I expect to have some minor issues as you would with any vehicle. Gas mileage on ours runs about 17 city/23 highway."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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