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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Buick Enclave

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 17 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Eight passenger seating
  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Lots of space in rear seats
Cons
  • Turning circle not as tight as competitors
  • Navigation features dated graphics
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Buick's Enclave manages to combine the attributes of a luxury sedan and a minivan into a gratifying package for drivers who want to travel in something serene, but need the space for up to 8 people.

Introduction

The well-finished interior of even the base model, and flexible seating arrangements will attract buyers who regularly carry people, but also want a luxurious and comfortable vehicle. It's also a good substitute for a truck-based SUV because it's more fuel-efficient and agile.

The base Enclave comes extremely well-equipped. In addition to the requisite power amenities and safety features, all vehicles get a 3.6-liter V6 with 288 horsepower and routed through a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive optional. The Enclave rides on standard 19-inch alloy wheels and has xenon headlights, heated mirrors, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirror, six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth and the OnStar telematics system. A power liftgate and tri-zone automatic climate control are also standard.

The Convenience Group adds a backup camera and rear parking sensors. The Leather Group is aptly named, because it adds leather seats along with heated front seats with full power adjustments and memory settings for the driver. Finally, the Premium Group adds cooled front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, 115-volt outlet, power-folding outside mirrors, chrome wheels and a Bose premium sound system. Depending on equipment group, options include a power sunroof, trailer towing package, chrome wheels, navigation system with satellite traffic reports, and a rear DVD entertainment system.

The Acura MDX is more sporting to drive and has more available technology features, but is smaller and only seats a maximum of 7 with less cargo space overall. The Infiniti JX has a better-appointed interior and good navigation graphics, but is also smaller and less powerful. The Lincoln MKT offers a powerful turbocharged engine, but is more expensive. And the Audi Q7 boasts a fuel-efficient clean diesel engine and beautiful interior, but has a cramped third row and is very expensive.

Ultimately, the Enclave is a luxurious three-row crossover that is also hugely practical. While it's not sporty to drive, it's immensely refined and quiet while offering buyers a lot of versatility. It's well-priced, too, and the multiple equipment levels mean there is an Enclave for a wide range of buyers and wallets. Before spending thousands more on a German rival or even a Cadillac, any buyer in the luxury crossover segment should give the Enclave a good, hard look.

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2013 Buick Enclave
Starting price
$22,222

2013 Buick Enclave Convenience

Recommended for: Buyers interested in more standard safety features

The Convenience Group adds some useful features, like rear parking sensors and a backup camera. Convenience models also get a remote start system. Options mimic the base models, and include 19-inch wheels, the Bose sound system, 115-volt outlet, full-size spare wheel, trailer package, all-wheel drive and no-cost second-row bench seat. Overall, the Convenience Group adds a lot of desirable features that also keep the Enclave priced similarly to less-premium competitors.

2013 Buick Enclave
Starting price
$22,222

2013 Buick Enclave Leather

Recommended for: Shoppers looking for more style and luxury

The Leather Group brings the added luxury of leather upholstery, and heated, full power adjustable front seats. Two memory settings for the driver's seat also control mirror settings. Nineteen-inch wheels are also standard. Options include all-wheel drive, the Bose sound system, 115-volt outlet, chrome 19 or 20-inch wheels, power sunroof, trailer package, second-row bench seat, touchscreen navigation system with or without a rear DVD entertainment system and a second-row console.

2013 Buick Enclave
Starting price
$22,222

2013 Buick Enclave Premium

Recommended for: Buyers who want the most advanced features in a Buick

The Premium Group is the most luxurious Enclave, and brings more opulent features and levels of technology – and makes it a worthy rival to any crossover. Standard equipment includes adaptive xenon headlights that turn with the steering wheel, power-folding outside mirrors, chrome 19-inch wheels, Bose audio system with 10 speakers, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable steering wheel and 115-volt outlet. Optional is a power sunroof, 20-inch chrome wheels, trailer package, all-wheel drive, navigation with our without rear DVD entertainment, and a second-row console.

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