2013 Buick Enclave SUV - FROM $38,445
The three-row 2013 Buick Enclave makes an excellent choice for families who want classy styling, a luxurious interior and minivan functionality in an SUV package.
What's New for 2013
The Buick Enclave gets sharper lines and improved features for 2013.
Families often look to three-row crossovers for their cavernous utility of modern minivans, combined with muscular SUV style. With its first significant overhaul, the 2013 Buick Enclave assumes a more dignified look and receives features and technology that help it keep pace with the pack.
As before, the Enclave is available in either seven- or eight-passenger configurations, and has a 3.6-liter V6 making 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque under the hood. The accompanying six-speed automatic transmission is slightly massaged for the new Enclave, offering smoother timing and shifts. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
Buick has always staked its reputation on interior refinement and isolation (often too much so, younger buyers might argue), and the new Enclave is no different. At the same time, the revised cabin features a thoroughly contemporary design with sturdy materials and trim that feel rich to the touch, ice-blue ambient lighting, eight-way power seats for driver and passenger, and tri-zone climate control. Revised suspension settings ensure an even cushier ride than before, and Buick says its recent noise-reduction efforts make the new Enclave quieter than a Lexus RX 350.
The Enclave's second-row seat slides fore and aft with the turn of a single handle, easing third-row access while still offering slightly more than 3 feet of legroom. With all three rows raised, there is still an impressive 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seatbacks. Folding both rows opens up 115.2 cubic feet.
Outside, the 2013 Buick Enclave gets a revised front fascia, highlighted by a new hood and grille design, xenon headlights with translucent blue rings and LED daytime running lights. Adaptive headlights are also available. The restyled rear end features integrated exhaust outlets and LED taillamps. Standard-issue wheels are 18-inch alloys, while restyled 19- and 20-inch models are available.
A revised center console offers a multimedia touchscreen display and available navigation system, with touch-sensitive pads for climate and other controls. The available IntelliLink system offers smartphone integration, Bluetooth and Pandora audio streaming, and iPod voice commands. A 10-speaker Bose audio system is also optional.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, full-length side curtain airbags, and a front center airbag. Deploying from the inboard side of the driver seat, the airbag seeks to minimize injury from front passengers knocking into each other in a side-impact collision. Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert systems are also available.
The new Enclave goes on sale this fall in an increasingly crowded class that includes the 2012 Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and 2012 Infiniti JX. Those seeking Enclave utility without the premium can check out the Chevy Traverse and 2012 GMC Acadia, which are nearly identical under the metal. Check back for a full review of the 2013 Buick Enclave, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.