2013 Buick Enclave Review

The 2013 Buick Enclave has much to brag about, as far as luxury crossover SUVs are concerned. The sleek, yet ruggedly powerful exterior design is going to impress anyone who looks at it. The starting MSRP of $38,445 is considerably more affordable than other cars in its class, such as the Acura MDX, Porsche Cayenne, Land Rover Evoque or Infiniti FX. This crossover is available to consumers in 10 eye-catching colors. Colors include Mocha Bronze Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, White Opal, Cyber Gray Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat. The front grille has the classic Buick design, however the shape of the headlights have a Japanese or Korean feel to them. The 2013 Enclave comes with all-season tires so you’ll already be equipped to handle off-road situations, should you so choose. Most drivers don’t take the Enclave on very serious off-roading excursions, simply because of the luxury it has, but it’s definitely equipped to handle a variety of terrain. This years Enclave also has an available power-operated sunroof, perfect for warm summer days. All models also come with standard aluminum-alloy wheels and headlights that automatically turn on and run, whenever the engine is on.

Most consumers, upon first getting inside the cabin of this luxury crossover, are immediately struck by the totally luxurious feel. The Enclave has ambient lighting that adds a sharp and crisp contrast to the luxurious leather-appointed seating and soft-touch materials. There are 3 rows of seats that are able to accommodate up to 7 passengers, including the driver. There are two seats in the first two rows and a 3-seat bench-seat in the third row. One of the downsides to the design of the Enclave is that it limits rear visibility for the driver. The engineers at Buick designed the Enclave with tri-zone climate control and optional seating that can be heated or cooled down. We all know how hot leather can get after sitting in a parking lot for a few hours in July. Now you can cool the seats off with this available feature on the Enclave. This crossover also comes with turn-by-turn navigation from OnStar, as well as bluetooth, roadside assistance, accident assistance and concierge service from OnStar too.

There are two engine options available with the 2013 Enclave. The first option is a 3.6-liter V6 with FWD and 288 horsepower. This engine is able to obtain 24 MPG on the highway and 17 around town. Not the best gas mileage but then again it is a fairly large-size crossover. The second engine option is a more powerful 5.3-liter V8 4WD with 320 horsepower, while getting only 21 MPG on the highway and 15 around town – but hey, if you’re buying this version you’re probably not too concerned with gas, more with power. This engine option will provide plenty of power for most excursions. The test drivers have complained about the maneuverability of the Enclave, however, due to its size and design.

Whenever the airbags are deployed in the Enclave, an OnStar service representative is immediately notified and will inquire if the driver needs emergency assistance. If the technician does not receive a response, they will automatically deploy emergency units to the location of the vehicle. It also comes standard with antilock brakes and an intricate antitheft system. The Enclave was also designed with Electronic Stability Control so the driver can have confidence that they will be in good control of the vehicle, even in the most hazardous of road conditions. Traction Control further adds to the overall safety of this SUV. So while it does have a few downsides, the 2013 Buick Enclave is still a great buy for the money. It outlasts some competitors in its class who are priced higher than it, such as the Acura MDX Volkswagen Touareg. The best idea is to visit the local Buick dealer and test drive one today.

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