2013 Buick Enclave: New York International Auto Show:
- 04/04/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Auto Show
After debuting for the 2008 model year, the Buick Enclave has proved to be a popular model and has been the best-selling three-row crossover in 2011. It's popularity isn't surprising, as the Total Car Score for the 2012 Buick Enclave is 79.98—well above the 75.68 segment average. For 2013, the Buick Enclave gets a new look both inside and out, while the drivetrain remains unchanged.
The 2013 Buick Enclave has a new, sculpted look that is primarily monochromatic with chrome accents. The front end has a new hood and black-chrome waterfall grille paired with a new headlamp design featuring Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights while design changes in the rear end include integrated exhaust outlets and new LED tail lights. New aluminum wheel designs are offered in 19- and 20-inch versions.
On the inside, the 2013 Buick Enclave has gone from a bit stodgy to 21st century with ice blue ambient LED lighting around the dash, a redesigned center stack and a new Cocoa leather interior color. The redesigned center stack showcases Buick's IntelliLink, which controls the audio system, phone connectivity as well as integrates online services using voice activation and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled smartphones. IntelliLink can also be operated via steering wheel controls. Other updates include an eight-way power driver and front-passenger seats with four-way adjustable head restraints.
In terms of safety, the 2013 Buick Enclave has a front center airbag as standard equipment on all models—an industry first. The airbag, which is located in the inboard side of the driver's seat, deploys between the driver and front passenger to reduce the two occupants impacting each other in a side-impact crash. Also new in the safety department are radar-based, side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert systems which alert the driver both audibly and visibly to help prevent a collision.
While the 2013 Buick Enclave continues to be powered by a 288 hp, 3.6-liter V6 and offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive, Buick engineers have created a more refined, car-like driving experience for 2013 by revising both the front and rear suspension and updating the six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2013 Buick Enclave goes on sale this fall.
Here's what others are saying:
Chicago Tribune: "Its look is sleeker and more up-to-date. The grille is a bit bigger and LEDs surround the headlight cluster and taper back along the hood a bit give a more upscale look, a la Audi, a brand that Buick is happy to point out it outsold in 2011."
Popular Mechanics: On the inside, the Enclave is bathed in "ice blue" LED ambient lighting that'll make you feel like you're driving an oversized Light Cycle at night. (We're still trying to decide if that's a good or bad thing.)
The Car Connection: "The Buick Enclave remains one of the most distinctive and comfortable large crossovers, and a substantially upgraded interior keeps it contemporary for 2013."
USA Today: "Like other Buicks, the goal was to make it as quiet as possible. As a result, it is more quiet than the Lexus RX350."