2013 Buick Enclave

Convenience FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

2013 buick enclave Reviews and News

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It used to be that the big family bus was long, low, and wide, stylishly decked out in woodgrain and accented with subtle touches like a stand-up hood ornament to add a note of class. Buick’s was the Estate Wagon, a name that subtly conveyed a sense of moneyed suburban ease, and for years it stood near the top of the pecking order. Today, the big family bus is long and tall but still pretty wide, stylishly decked out with extra-large chrome wheels and accented with subtle touches like LED lighting to add a note of class. Buick’s is the Enclave, a name that also conveys a sense of moneyed suburban ease, and although the shape, the mechanicals, and the features have all changed, the mission remains much the same.

Late Update

To GM’s credit, it recognized pretty early that the three-row crossover was the new family hauler; it released the Enclave back in 2008 along with sister models from GMC, Saturn, and later Chevrolet. According to standard auto-industry practice, that means the Enclave is just about due for a redesign, but instead, GM’s big, family-hauling trio (the Saturn having long since disappeared) has been treated to the kind of minor update one might get in the middle of its life cycle.
For the Enclave, that means subtly reworked styling, with changes to the hood, front fenders, grille, and the front and rear soft bumper surfaces. The daytime running lights and rear taillights are now LEDs. Oh, and the C-pillars are black rather than body color, creating one large mass of window area. Previously, it was thought that a body-color C-pillar made the car look more like an SUV, while a single window mass looked more like a minivan. Today, GM designers seem less worried about that, as one said in explaining the 2013 styling changes: “We took the truck out of it.”

Some Haves and Have-Nots

There have been updates inside, too. A thin arc of blue mood lighting has been integrated into the redesigned dash and door panels; there’s a new center touch screen that incorporates Buick’s IntelliLink connectivity package; and the finishes are upgraded. The touch-screen navigation is about mid-pack both for graphics and for ease of use; the new climate controls, however, are very good. Although the new leather dash topper and contrast stitching are nice, there is still a surprising amount of hard plastic evident on the door panels and center console. Also surprising is the fact that the nearly-$40,000 base model doesn’t come with leather -- or that the top-spec Premium edition, at $46,520, doesn’t include navigation. In better news, a backup camera is newly standard on all models -- good thing, since it’s pretty much essential. My all-wheel-drive Premium test car, with navigation and rear-seat entertainment, rang in at $52,090. Included are swiveling HID headlights, blind-spot warning, dual sunroofs, and heated/cooled front seat. But there are still some missing items, such as keyless ignition, a heated steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control, features one finds in newer entries like the Infiniti JX35.

Space Race

Compared to the Infiniti, the Buick is a notably bigger bus: nearly half a foot greater in wheelbase and overall length. It also just edges out the Ford Flex in both dimensions. It’s no surprise, then, that the Enclave has one of the more habitable third-row seats in the crossover arena. Adults who measure six feet tall and under can sit back there, provided the sliding second-row captains chairs are not all the way back. Even more indicative of the Enclave’s size is its cargo volume. Where so many three-row crossovers have hardly any space behind the third seat, the Enclave claims an impressive 23.3 cubic feet, which puts it at the head of the class.

Carryover Mechanicals

The changes for 2013 largely left the Enclave’s mechanicals alone, but there really wasn’t much that needed doing. The sole engine offered is a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out a respectable 288 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched with a very smooth six-speed automatic transmission. Because the Enclave is a fat boy at 4922 pounds, the 3.6-liter does not have it easy, but it’s up to the task. Fuel economy is an unremarkable 16/22 mpg (with all-wheel drive), but that’s about average for this class. The one mechanical change this year is new dampers, and with them the Enclave rides extremely well -- much better than the fancy-pants Cadillac Escalade -- and it even steers and handles decently. It’s also a quiet cruiser, giving credence to all Buick’s talk about “quiet tuning.”
We took the Enclave a couple hours north for a ski weekend in Massachusetts. Our trip was in the midst of mega-snow-storm Nemo, and the all-wheel-drive Enclave got us there without the lurid, tail-sliding drama that yesterday’s rear-wheel-drive wagons provided. We appreciated the room, quiet, and comfort, although in the bitter cold we would have welcomed a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, and the interior overall is not as luxurious as a JX35. Coming home, we rode along in what seemed like a herd of crossovers: the Acura MDX, the BMW X5, the Ford Flex, and the GMC Acadia were among the more heavily represented. We felt one with them in the Enclave, a big family bus taking us on a typical family weekend road trip. It’s exactly the kind of thing Buicks have historically done well, and the Enclave ably brings that traditional ability into the modern age.

2013 Buick Enclave AWD Premium

MSRP (with destination): $48,450
3.6-liter DOHC V-6
Horsepower: 288 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm
6-speed automatic
19-inch aluminum wheels
255/60R19 tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
16/22/18 mpg
4922 lb
Doors/Passengers: 4/7
Cargo (behind 1st/2nd/3rd row): 115.2/68.9/23.3 cu ft [cargo management system removed]
Legroom (front/middle/rear): 41.3/36.8/33.2 in
Headroom (front/rear): 40.4/39.4/37.8 in
Towing: 4500 lb
3.6L DOHC V-6
6-speed automatic transmission
Stability and traction control
OnStar w/6-month subscription
Rearview camera w/cross-traffic alert
Rear park assist
Side blind zone alert
Power windows and locks
Power front seats
Second-row captain’s chairs
Remote keyless entry
Remote start
Automatic tri-zone climate control
Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Power liftgate
Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls
Leather seating surfaces
Heated and cooled front seats
Color touch-screen Bose premium audio system
Rear-seat audio controls and headphone jacks
Buick IntelliLink w/Bluetooth phone and audio
SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month subscription
Swiveling HID headlamps
Cruise control
Roof rails
Power folding side mirrors
Blue ambient lighting
19-inch chrome wheels
Ice blue ambient lighting
Navigation and rear seat entertainment- $2240
Power sunroof w/second-row skylight- $1400
20-inch wheels- $250
Acura MDX
Ford Flex
GMC Acadia
Infiniti JX35
Lincoln MKT
Volvo XC90
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It's been a long time coming for the Buick Enclave's first facelift. With a recess for bankruptcy along the way, three years to the typical mid-cycle refresh has become five years. Fortunately for GM, the Enclave and its Lambda-platform siblings -- the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia -- were assets, not liabilities, when the cash dried up. The sensible family haulers were well positioned to weather a financial drought as the rebuttal to a criticism that GM couldn't build a car that people actually wanted. For Buick, the efficient, stylish, upscale crossover had single-handedly resuscitated a brand that previously looked as healthy as Oldsmobile.
Those original qualities will have to sustain the Enclave for some time yet, as tardiness also comes with triviality. This mid-cycle makeover is more like a touch-up. There's a bigger, toothier grille on the Enclave's redesigned snout, which also gets fresh xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. New exhaust outlets exit through the rear bumper, the taillights have been restyled, and the non-functional portholes move from the sides of the hood to the top. Buick also did away with the mismatched color scheme of the previous Enclave's exterior and opted instead for a cleaner monochromatic look. Inside, the only noteworthy addition is a strip of ice blue ambient lighting that runs along the top of the dash and front door panels, with a gaudy "Enclave" logo stuck right in the middle. That the new Enclave is largely indistinguishable from its attractive predecessor is no bad thing, though. It started life as Marsha in the Lambda Bunch and has aged as well as Warren Beatty.
The unchanged powertrain hangs in there, too. The 288-hp V-6, plunked into the Enclave's engine bay in 2009, is a reasonably refined tool and it's mated to the same well-tuned six-speed automatic transmission. The only major changes to the chassis are dual-flow front dampers, which aim to reduce road feel and improve ride comfort, and a revised rear suspension setup. Did we notice any ride difference over the outgoing model? Nope. But, like the car's looks, the fact that the Enclave rides like its predecessor shouldn't be held against it. The biggest Buick floats over rough roads and is never jarring. Steering and handling remain impressive for a vehicle of this size. It's not nimble, but the Enclave doesn't lose all composure when you show it a turn, which is surprising since the all-wheel-drive model weighs almost 5000 pounds. That's a lot of mass but the V-6 engine puts out enough oomph to manage it and can still handle 4500 lb of towing duty (when equipped with the $525 trailering package).
Pit the outgoing Enclave against a new-for-2013 Infiniti JX35, and the American would hold its own: more power with similar fuel economy, good body control, more third-row legroom, and a larger luggage area. However, the Infiniti would trounce the older Enclave when it came to technology. For 2013, Buick puts up a fight by pumping up the in-car tech. A backup camera now comes standard. The camera's image used to show up in the rearview mirror but is now displayed (much larger) on the center stack's seven-inch touchscreen, which is standard as well. The usual tech-musts are present, including Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port. Navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and a rear seat entertainment package are all available. What excited us most was the addition of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection on uplevel Enclaves. Buyers better cough up the extra $4015 to move from the base to mid-level Enclave because both safety features are must-haves on any crossover that's as large as a hippopotamus with hypothyroidism (and, hey, heated front seats are part of the deal, too). The niftiest bit of tech that comes with this update is a front-center-side airbag. This pillow pops out of the driver's seat, inflates in the center of the front row, and should keep the driver and front passenger from knocking noggins in a crash. There's room for improvement in the electronics department, though. For instance, keyless entry and ignition would be nice to have, even as an option.
The 2013 refresh was much needed, but the Enclave's greatest strengths are still derived from the groundwork laid in 2007. The cosmetic tweaks and tech additions keep it competitive with the new rivals, but one thing's for sure: The Enclave can't wait another five years for its next update.
BASE PRICE: $39,270
ENGINE: 3.6L V-6, 288 hp, 270 lb-ft
DRIVE: Front- or 4-wheel
EPA MILEAGE: 17/24, 16/22 mpg (FWD, 4WD)
2013 Buick Enclave
2013 Buick Enclave

New For 2013

The Enclave’s styling has been tweaked for 2013 to good effect. Inside, you’ll find a new dash and more upscale finishes. An industry-first front center air bag helps keep front-seat occupants in place in a side-impact collision. Also new on the safety front are Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (both optional). The backup camera is now standard.


There was a time when the Buick Estate Wagon was a go-to car for well-heeled families looking for a big, comfortable cruiser to carry the whole crew and their stuff. Those wagons are gone, but the needs they met still exist. Today, our big family cars are often crossovers, and Buick’s Enclave stands ready to serve. Conservatively handsome, like the clothes worn by its owners, the Enclave’s look has been tastefully updated for 2013. Although it’s based on the same platform as the GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse, the Buick is distinctive inside and out. The sole powertrain offering is GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. Its 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque are stout enough to move the hefty (4724 pounds) Enclave without laboring and can tow up to 4500 pounds. Fuel economy is not bad at 17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive; opting for all-wheel drive lowers it to 16/22 mpg. Unlike some three-row crossovers, the Enclave’s third-row seats can accommodate the occasional adult or lanky teen. Luggage space behind them, however, is fairly limited. As you might expect from a Buick, the Enclave rides quietly and comfortably—new dampers aid the latter. The interior is nicely finished, and plenty of luxury options are available. The Enclave is not at all retro, but its character and capabilities are classic Buick.


Front, front center, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; stability and traction control; a tire-pressure monitor; and a backup camera are standard. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are optional. OnStar includes crash response and emergency assistance as part of the safe and sound package. A six-month subscription is included.

You'll like:

  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet
  • Roomy

You won't like:

  • Limited cargo space behind third row
  • Rearward visibility
  • Difficult third-row access

Key Competitors For The 2013 Buick Enclave

  • Acura MDX
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Flex
  • Honda Pilot

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2013 Buick Enclave Specifications

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3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
288 hp @ 6300rpm
270 ft lb of torque @ 3400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia and 2009-2013 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles. In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the driver and passenger seat mounted side impact air bag (SIAB) wiring harnesses may result in the SIAB and seat belt pretensioners not deploying in the event of a crash.
Failure of the side impact air bags and seat belt pretensioners to deploy in a crash increase the risk of injury to the driver and front seat occupant.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected harness connections with soldered connections, free of charge. The recall began on June 16, 2014. Buick owners may contact the owner center at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners at 1-866-694-6546, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000, and GMC owners at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14030. Note: Vehicles repaired as part of Customer Satisfaction Campaign 10085 and special coverage 10335 have already had the subject condition repaired and therefore are not included in the safety recall.
Potential Units Affected
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Recall Date
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Buick Enclave vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through May 14, 2014, Chevrolet Traverse vehicles manufactured June 6, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured April 9, 2008, through May 14, 2014, and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles manufactured April 14, 2008, through March 18, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue and separate over time.
If the steel cable becomes fatigued and separates, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the seat occupant increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair and replace the lap pretensioner, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. An interim notice will be mailed to owners in July 2014. A second notice will be mailed to owners once parts become available. The recall for the 2009-2010 model years began on July 11, 2014. The interim letter for the 2011-2014 model years were distributed on July 11, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-462-8782 (GMC), 1-800-553-6000 (Saturn). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14187.
Potential Units Affected
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