2013 Buick Enclave Overview

Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - December 10, 2012

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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