- The 2013 Buick Enclave gains a redesigned front fascia that includes a tweaked grille as well as LED running lights and rear LED tail lights.
- Subtle upgrades to the vehicle’s interior trim and entertainment options.
Why It Matters
- The 2013 Buick Enclave is a big seller for the premium brand, holding its own quite well against the Japanese competition.
2013 Buick Enclave Debut: Notable Features
- Standard Intellilink touchscreen display.
- New front center airbag.
- LED ambient lighting.
- Revised shock absorbers for a quieter and more composed ride.
2013 Buick Enclave Debut: Styling
The new front end found on the 2013 Buick Enclave helps to make it one of the most attractive three-row crossovers at the New York Auto Show. The Enclave’s bolder looks do the rest of the largely untouched design greater justice than last year’s model, which was no slouch in the design department itself. Ambient LED lighting might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is spreading across the premium industry at a rapid pace and Buick decided to get onboard while the getting was good.
2013 Buick Enclave Debut: Under The Hood
The 2013 Buick Enclave doesn’t make any changes to the 3.6-liter V-6 that has traditionally motivated the crossover. This motor provides 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and is shifted via a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional and fuel mileage for the large family hauler is rated at 17-mpg around town and 24-mpg on the highway.
2013 Buick Enclave Debut: Competition
The Buick Enclave is an upscale family vehicle that provides a reasonably affordable alternative to three-row crossovers like the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and the new Infiniti JX, as well as a direct competitor to the more car-like Lincoln MKT.
Why We Like It
The 2013 Buick Enclave continues to push the brand’s renaissance to new levels – however subtle the actual changes to the crossover might be.
Original photos by Jeffrey N. Ross
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