2013 Buick Enclave

MSRP $38,445 - $45,625

Ranked #5 in Suv

8.1

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2013 Buick Enclave Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Buick has built a reputation in its GM hierarchy for manufacturing higher-quality cars than any of its Chevrolet compatriots. On the other hand, the brand has also paid careful consideration to its pricing range, so it doesn’t breach the holy waters of the super luxurious Cadillac brand. The Enclave is perhaps the best interpretation of Buick’s unique marketing philosophy. This fabulous three-row crossover offers incredible passenger space, cutting-edge tech, refined performance, and more upscale creature comforts than similar siblings like the GMC Acadia or the Chevy Traverse.

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Pros

Comfortable and commodious interiors for 7 or 8 passengers

Sleek exterior styling

Cutting-edge technology and safety features

Quiet and subtle ride quality

Cons

Subpar fuel economy

Rear visibility is a bit of a concern

What's New?

Updated styling

Interior touch-up

New standard safety features like a rearview camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38445

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

118.9 in.

length

201.9 in.

width

79 in.

height

70.3 in.

curb weight

4724 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

154 cu ft.

cargo volume

115.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

4500 lbs.

payload capacity

1687 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

528 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Convenience$38,445 onwards

Leather$42,460 onwards

Premium$45,625 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Buick Enclave in Atlantic Metallic color
Atlantic Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The Enclave grants all these luxurious appointments within an affordable price tag and thus appeals to a wide variety of audiences, especially younger buyers with growing families. Let’s discover what amazing features any family can relish by opting for the 2013 Buick Enclave. It faces stiff competition from the Ford Explorer, Acura MDX, and Lincoln MKT. Continue with the article to know how it performs in front of its rivals in the segment.


7.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Buick Enclave Features

7.5/10

Buick is done with its usual trim nomenclature. Instead this year, it offers 3 packages, each of which could be equipped with personal options. These packages are namely Convenience, Leather, and Premium. All these variants are available with all-wheel drive for an extra price. The overview of all these optional group packages is summarized in the table below.

Trim

Convenience

Leather

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$38,445

$42,460

$45,625

MSRP (AWD)

$40,445

$44,460

$47,625

Key Features

18-inch wheels

19-inch wheels

Adaptive headlights

 

Automatic xenon headlights

Cruise Control

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

Rear privacy glass

8-way power passenger seat

10-speaker Bose sound system

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Blind-spot warning system 

Power-folding auto-dimming mirrors

 

Power liftgate

Heated front seats

Optional rear-seat entertainment system

 

8-way power driver seat with 2-way lumbar adjustment

Leather upholstery

 

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The Buick Enclave with the Leather equipment package is the perfect fit for a driver that prioritizes family comfort over everything else. With this package, creature comforts like an 8-way passenger's seat, leather upholstered seats, and heated front seats get unlocked. Besides, some of the cutting-edge features as standard on the Premium package can be purchased as an optional tech with the Leather package, like the premium 10-speaker Bose sound system. With all the delectable interior options ticked on, you get a well-rounded SUV within a budget of $50,000.

2013 Buick Enclave Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2013 Buick Enclave gallops its way ahead with a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V-6 as its power plant, churning out a power output of 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The crossover gets its smooth bursts of power from a 6-speed automatic gearbox, a technology that was co-developed with Ford and also used in the Ford Flex. The Enclave supports the front-wheel drivetrain as standard but also offers all-wheel drive for customers looking for extra maneuverability in all-weather conditions.

This year, Buick has reprogrammed its transmission to reduce its hunting in upper gears, which was a major topic of complaint in every customer's forum. Shifting gears between the transmission setup feels more breezy at higher speeds. The Enclave usually sends out power in the higher rev range, making it a joy to drive at city speeds as well. The Enclave goes past the 60 MPH mark within a time of 8.5 seconds and conquers the quarter-mile mark in 16.7 seconds. For a big heavy crossover SUV like the Enclave, these figures fit in just about right. The Enclave has a top speed of 150 MPH, which makes it one of the fastest sprinters on the highways.

Model

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Ford Explorer Limited

2013 Acura MDX 

2013 Lincoln MKT

MSRP

$38,445

$38,100

$43,280

$45,285

Engine

3.6 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7 L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic w/ manual shift

6-speed-automatic

6-speed automatic w/ manual shift

Power

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

270 lb.-ft @ 3400 rpm

255 lb.-ft @ 4100 rpm

270 lb.-ft @ 4500 rpm

275 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.5

7.5

7.0

6.5

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.7

16

15.4

15.1

Top speed (MPH)

150

131

135

141

In comparison, the Buick Enclave’s power output sits in the middle of the pack, with the Lincoln MKT and the Acura MDX leading the line. The Buick Enclave is considerably slow in the speed charts as well, taking 8.5 and 16.7 seconds to the 60 MPH and quarter-mile mark. When comparing the price range, the Lincoln MKT is the most expensive option in the competition at $45,285.

2013 Buick Enclave Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Enclave can go around the city for a modest MPG of 17. The highway MPG equates to a more respectable 24. The SUV shells out a combined MPG of 19, which isn’t the kind of fuel economy figure an environmentalist would be proud of. Switch to the all-wheel-drive variant, and you will notice a further dip in MPG figures. Here the Enclave offers a city MPG of 16 and a highway MPG of 22. Combined, the AWD-equipped Enclave returns an MPG of 18.

These subpar fuel economy figures are pretty standard for a seven-seat crossover. Nevertheless, the Enclave features the largest fuel tank in the segment at 22 gallons and coupled with its MPG numbers, the EPA estimates a range of 374 miles in the city and 528 miles on the highway. Thus, the Enclave reduces the number of trips that you would usually take to a fuel station for a quick refill.

Model

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Ford Explorer Limited

2013 Acura MDX 

2013 Lincoln MKT

MPG (City)

17

17

16

17

MPG (Highway)

24

23

21

25

MPG (Combined)

19

20

18

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22

18.6

21

18.6

Range (City/highway/combined, in miles)

374/528/418

300.9/442.5/372

241.5/354.2/378

316.2/465/372

In this segment, all the cars have similar MPG figures, though there are a few minor differences. Fuel efficiency for the Buick Enclave is comparable to that of the Ford Explorer. However, it is outperformed by the Lincoln MKT, which gets the best highway and combined MPG in its segment. When comparing the overall range, Buick offers the most at 418 miles combined.

2013 Buick Enclave Interior

9.0/10

On a first glimpse, you can instantly notice the minimalistic approach to building the interior of the 2013 Buick Enclave. The interior looks plush and beautiful with a mature design. Buick paid careful attention to the interior detailing, as it changed the previous hard plastic materials to soft-touch materials with stitching, and also implemented some beautiful instrument panel curves. The big analog clock up on the dash is a classic and contemporary piece of art.

The best part about the Buick Enclave is definitely its incredible passenger space and comfort. The front seats come with heating and ventilation functionality and are softly upholstered, making you feel right at home. The legroom and shoulder room in the 2nd-row seats are also adequate to stretch yourselves out. The third-row seats are just ideal to fit in medium-sized adults. However, some might complain about the challenge of entering the 3rd-row seats owing to the high step-in height. Nevertheless, the seats are comfortable and luxurious to sit in with plenty of small storage options at your disposal. 

Model

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Ford Explorer Limited

2013 Acura MDX 

2013 Lincoln MKT

Seating Capacity

7, 8

6, 7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/61.6/41.3

41.4/61.3/40.6

39.2/61.6/41.2

40.1/58.6/41.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/61.3/36.8

40.5/61/39.8

38.6/61.5/38.7

39/58.1/41.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/57.4/33.2

37.8/50.8/33.2

35.8/57.1/28.7

33.5/49.1/33

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

23.3

21

15

17.9

The Enclave is a spacious crossover with 7-passenger seating as standard, just like other rivals in its segment. The Enclave offers 23 cubic feet of space behind its 3rd-row seats. If the 3rd-row seats aren’t in use, fold them down to open up a cargo space of 68.9 cubic feet. Fold-down the 2nd-row seats as well, and you get access to a whopping 115.2 cubic feet of space. Judging the interior and cargo dimensions of other competitors, it is safe to say that the Buick Enclave is a cut above everyone else. Major interior features include:

  • Ice-blue LED ambient lighting
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • QuietTuning
  • Leather upholstery
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2013 Buick Enclave’s infotainment unit?

The Enclave features the latest IntelliLink infotainment technology to access every vehicle function alongside a touchscreen display. The dashboard has a fine ergonomic arrangement of the physical buttons and touchscreen display. Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming functionality are also standard, so are the apps for Pandora and Stitcher audio and satellite radio. The inbuilt voice recognition lets you have command over navigation and infotainment with just the power of your voice. Optional tech upgrades include a navigation system, a head-up display, a ten-speaker Bose sound system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Here are all the infotainment features of the Buick Enclave in a nutshell:

  • IntelliLink infotainment
  • Bluetooth hands-free
  • Navigation
  • Voice recognition
  • Satellite radio
  • 10-speaker Bose sound system
  • Head-up display

2013 Buick Enclave Exterior

7.0/10

The 2013 Buick Enclave is an appealing midsize crossover SUV and is easily GM’s most aesthetic crossover in its current lineup. With the latest iteration of the Enclave, there have only been a few subtle changes, but the overall vibrant appeal remains the same. The Enclave’s curvaceous sheet metal looks incredibly elegant, and the detailed lines engraved on it convey a suave personality that no other Buick product offers. The different chrome details on the sheet metal body are indicative of a true Americana. This year the Enclave gets a set of new LED running lights, a new grille, and distinctive eyebrows. The tacky venti-ports still look out of place, but Buick has moved them this year to the top of the hood rather than the sides.

Model

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Ford Explorer Limited

2013 Acura MDX 

2013 Lincoln MKT

Curb Weight (lbs)

4724

4534

4594

4702

Length (in.)

201.9

197.1

191.6

207.6

Width (in.)

79

78.9

78.5

76

Height (in.)

71.7

70.4

68.2

67.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.6

7.6

8.2

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

118.9

112.6

108.3

117.9

In comparison, the Lincoln MKT is the longest car in the segment at 207.6 inches and has a total wheelbase that stands at 108.3 inches. The Buick Enclave, on the other hand, has a longer wheelbase and is also wider and taller than any other rival. Thus, the Enclave is on the heavier side of the spectrum when it comes to curb weight but is equally more spacious inside. The defining exterior features of the Buick Enclave are:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Chrome-trimmed roof rails
  • "Waterfall" grille
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Power liftgate 
  • Sunroof

2013 Buick Enclave Safety

7.0/10

The Enclave pays great emphasis on the safety of its passengers. Thus, to fulfill that promise, the crossover comes equipped with standard safety features like front-seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control. This year Buick provides a rearview camera as a safety asset standard across all its variants. 

Another gimmicky feature added this year is an additional side airbag fitted to the inboard position on the driver's seat. This airbag aims to safeguard the front passengers from colliding with each other in the event of a collision. Other optional safety techs that customers can add to strengthen the safety quotient are blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert and front parking sensors. The safety suite of the Enclave includes the following cutting-edge tech:

  • Rear-view backup camera
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert

2013 Buick Enclave Final Verdict

The 2013 Buick Enclave is an excellent family proposition, offering stellar interior space and comfort for all family-oriented buyers. The Enclave packs in better value than most of its high-flair German rivals, thanks to its excellent combination of amenities, styling, and efficiency. Moreover, the Enclave offers that premium vehicle experience in a much more affordable package, making it an attractive purchase for youthful buyers.

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