Anyone browsing the market for a full-sized crossover has seen GM’s group of siblings. The GMC Acadia, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave are well-known for being very talented and appealing. But the most polished of the three is the Enclave, boasting innovative new features and a facelift for the 2013 model year.
The first thing that will be recognized is the new front fascia with a bold grille, a newly sculpted hood and contoured headlamps with a more aggressive look. It also sports LED daytime running lamps, fresh black-chrome accents and a tasteful accent of bright trim to contrast a monochromatic hue. The two-tone paint job of the past is gone. The rear of the Enclave has a fresher look with an updated exhaust treatment and LED tail lamps.
On the inside a premium experience is created with a steering wheel that is wood on the top and bottom with leather to finish the look. The door panels and upper dash feature faux wood, with ambient interior lighting throughout the interior for nighttime. The Enclave also has an extensive premium audio package that includes AM/FM/Sirius XM Radio, USB, Bluetooth, CD player and AUX input for Buick’s IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment interface. There is also a new rear vision camera system installed on the vehicle.
Seating in the Buick Enclave is for seven or eight, with cargo space of 24.4/116.4 CU-FT. It features a 3.6L V6 engine with all-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has 288 HP with 270 LB-FT of torque. With a curb weight of 4,922 LBS, the 0-60 time comes in at an estimated 8.5 seconds. If you’re interested in milage, the Enclave gets 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. You’ll find the vehicle at a base price of $39,270 MSRP, including GM’s destination charge of $825.