Specification image modification exterior interior price review 2013 Buick Enclave
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Consumers shopping for a domestic full size crossover have heard all about GM’s triplets. The Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave are a very appealing and talented group of siblings. Entering their fifth year of production, albeit middle age in the automotive industry, each is attractive, well rounded and very capable on the paved dance floor. While all share nearly identical base DNA and the same basic running gear, subtle physical differences and unique personalities emerge between the trio when one digs a bit deeper. The most polished of the threesome, without question, is the Enclave from Buick. Fresh off a mid cycle update (as are its siblings), the flagship of the platform boasts a facelift, innovative new features and an upgraded demeanor for the new model year.

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Fewer changes were made to the interior, but GM spent money where it counted. A larger touch screen now adorns the center stack, bringing with it Buick’s Intellilink infotainment system as standard. Just as in other Buicks, the system is easy to use, and places Bluetooth and media controls, navigation, and other features easily within reach. The system also allows for streaming use of certain smartphone apps such as Pandora and Stitcher Radio, and comes standard with a rearview camera for 2013. As with other recent Buicks, a thin strip of Ice Blue ambient LED lighting now runs from the door panels across the dash, adding a peaceful glow to the cabin at night.

2013 Buick Enclave Price :
Our 2013 Buick Enclave, equipped with all wheel drive, navigation, 20 inch alloy wheels, sunroof, and optional White Diamond Tricoat paint, rang up at $51,690. If you’re in a climate that doesn’t require all wheel drive, you can skip that $2000 option. Forgo other frills like the $1400 sunroof and $745 tricoat finish, and you’re back in the mid to high $40,000 range.

GM’s volume Lambda is the Chevrolet Traverse, with an entry fee of $31,165 (all prices include GM’s $825 destination charge) securing a front wheel drive crossover riding on steel wheels in base trim. The GMC Acadia, better appointed and with standard alloy wheels, comes in with a base price of $35,700. The Buick Enclave, sitting clearly up front in the family portrait and wearing the nicest duds, has a base price of $39,270 for the 2013 model year.
 2013 Buick Enclave Interior :
The 2013 Buick Enclave will be offered in three different trim levels: Convenience (1SD), Leather (1SL) and Premium (1SN). Our test model was the range topping Premium (bundled with all of the equipment in the Leather Group, 19 inch alloy wheels with a chrome finish, articulating headlamps, Bose premium audio, cooled front seats, power folding side mirrors and a power tilting/telescoping steering column). It was also configured with all wheel drive and navigation, features that pushed its sticker price to nearly $51,000.

A revised center console offers a multimedia touchscreen display and available navigation system, with touch sensitive pads for climate and other controls. The available IntelliLink system offers smartphone integration, Bluetooth and Pandora audio streaming, and iPod voice commands. A 10 speaker Bose audio system is also optional.

Other enhancements sure to please those riding within the seven or eight place cabin, includes a standard premium audio package with AM/FM/HD/Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth, USB, CD player and AUX input configured through Buick’s IntelliLink seven inch color touchscreen infotainment interface. Also new is a rear vision camera system (with optional Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert).

+. Optional features :
>. High resolution color display with touch screen control.
>. Bluetooth with hands free (for phone calls) and A2DP audio streaming protocol support.
>. Address book download and hands free calling.
>. USB port.
>. Auxiliary audio input port.
>. Redundant steering wheel controls.
>. Enhanced voice recognition powered by Nuance.
>. AM/FM/Audio CD/MP3 CD/ HD Radio.
>. SiriusXM Satellite Radio and data services.
>. Selected Smartphone apps can be controlled through the IntelliLink interface via the touch screen, steering wheel controls or voice commands. The first apps to be supported are Pandora and Stitcher.
>. Supports playback of MP3 files stored on flash memory drives.
>. New ice blue LED ambient lighting around the dash highlights Enclave’s flowing lines, emphasizing the cabin’s spaciousness.
>. Eight way power front driver and passenger seats with four-way adjustable head restraints emphasize seat comfort.

2013 Buick Enclave Exterior :
Those who knew the Enclave last year will instantly recognize its new front fascia and bold new grille bookended by more aggressively contoured headlamps and a newly sculpted hood. More scrutiny reveals fresh black chrome accents and LED daytime running lamps up front. Gone is the two tone paint treatment, replaced with a tasteful accent of bright trim contrasting the standard monochromatic hue. The rear of the Buick has also gone under the knife, with updated styling including freshened LED taillamps and a new exhaust treatment. The Enclave, as a whole, has moved even further upscale while taking on a more strapping appearance.

The new Enclave will be immediately recognized as a Buick due to its sculpted styling design language brought out five years ago, but this design language has been updated with the addition of a more prominent grille, LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, a new hood, a modified rear bumper, and restyled 19 and 20 inch alloy wheels. The interior has been updated with higher quality materials, chrome insertions, and a new center stack.

+. Full list of exterior updates :
>. New front fascia with LED daytime running lamps.
>. New headlamp design, with standard Xenon high intensity discharge lamps (HID) and LED accent lighting. Articulating headlamps are available.
>. New hood and black chrome waterfall grille.
>. New rear fascia design with integrated exhaust outlets.
>. New LED taillamps.
>. New 19 inch and 20 inch aluminum wheel designs.
>. Monochromatic exterior appearance with chrome accents.

2013 Buick Enclave Engine :
The powertrain for the Enclave teams GM’s 288 horsepower, 3.6 liter V-6 with a six speed automatic that was, in fact, co-developed with the unit Ford uses in its Flex crossover. The combination in the Enclave’s received some tuning this year, with reprogramming for the transmission to reduce the hunting in upper gears that’s been a complaint since the Enclave was new. In our brief drive, shifting between gears felt more at ease at higher speeds, while the Enclave never strained to reach speed. The engine’s usable powerband sits higher in the rev range than in some crossovers, giving it a perky feel, still torquey enough at city speeds.

Acceleration was also pleasantly adequate, with the 288 horsepower V6 propelling the Enclave to 60 mph in an estimated 8.5 seconds. We’d prefer more torque down low, as that is what today’s latest turbocharged engines are delivering, but the six was smooth and relatively efficient at cruise. The remapped six speed transmission shifted smoothly and smartly, without the unnecessary hunting for gears that is common on the seven and eight speed gearboxes that seem to be in vogue these days.

Yet even in the face of stiff competition, many have discovered that the Buick makes a good argument for itself. The automaker points out that its full size CUV is doing very well, with its sales growing each year (Buick sold a record 57,783 Enclaves in 2011, making it more popular than the three row crossovers from Acura, Audi and Lincoln). Plus, conquest sales are strong, as nearly half of all Enclave buyers switched from non General Motors brands into the flagship Lambda. Those are the types of statistics that keep challengers up at night.source:neocarsuv.com
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