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Initially announced in 2007, the Buick Enclave soon became the industry’s best-selling three-row luxury crossover. Now, for the 2013 model year, the Enclave has been updated with new styling, new safety technologies, in-vehicle connectivity, and a more refined driving experience. The new model will go on sale in Fall 2012.

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.

Under the hood, Buick has placed a 3.6 liter V-6 engine with an output of 288 HP and an updated six-speed automatic transmission that contribute to a more refined driving experience.

UPDATE 04/03/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the 2013 Buick Enclave.

UPDATE 04/06/2012: Today we have added a series of new images from the car’s official debut in New York. Check the picture gallery to see them.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Buick Enclave.

  • 2013 Buick Enclave
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
  • Transmission:
    Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    288 @ 6300
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270 @ 3400
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • body style:


2013 Buick Enclave High Resolution Exterior
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For the 2013 model year, the Enclave has received a more prominent grille, blue translucent rings around the Xenon HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and a new hood. At the rear, Buick has added a modified rear bumper, while the exhaust outlets are framed with a chrome finish.

The 2013 Enclave will be offered with 18" wheels as standard and 19- and 20-inch wheels are available as options.

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 Interior
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The biggest changes made to the interior are the new center stack with the new IntelliLink system and the controls on the genuine Mahogany-accented steering wheel. Customers will also receive new controls for the tri-zone climate system, higher quality materials, chrome insertions, and wood trims.

Interior updates:

  • 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
  • Details including soft touch materials and live stitching throughout the cabin
  • True chrome accents
  • Four interior color combinations are available with complementing wood tones, including a new Cocoa leather combination
  • A new “center stack” with standard IntelliLink LCD display, tri-zone climate system, capacitive touch controls, and available navigation system.

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

The list of safety systems includes elements like StabiliTrak, traction control, panic brake assist, rear-vision camera system, and seven total air bags. For the first time, the Enclave is being offered with side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert.


2013 Buick Enclave High Resolution Exterior
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The new Buick Enclave is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 288 HP and a peak torque of 270 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an updated Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission that helps deliver a fuel economy of 24 mpg on the highway (FWD models).

Type: 3.6L V-6 VVT DI
Displacement (cu in / cc): 217 / 3564
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Block material: cast aluminum with cast-in bore liners
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct injection
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Horsepower (hp / kW) @ rpm: 288 / 215 @ 6300
Torque (lb-ft / Nm) @ rpm: 270 / 366 @ 3400
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded
Max. engine rpm (fuel cutoff): 6700
EPA fuel economy (city / hwy): 17 / 24 (FWD); 16 / 22 (AWD)


The new Enclave will go on sale in Fall 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.


2013 Buick Enclave High Resolution Exterior
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The list of key competitors for the Enclave is quite long and includes models like the Acura MDX, the Volvo XC90, and the Audi Q7 - all of which have impressive levels of luxury. The MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total output of 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque - a bit better than the Enclave. The XC90 is preparing to enter a completely new generation for the 2014 model year, so we will have to see if all of its updates will make it better than the competition. The Q7, on the other hand, is the German definition of luxury SUV, so the question is: does the new Enclave has all it takes to dethrone it?

2013 Buick Enclave High Resolution Exterior
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  (415) posted on 06.28.2012

I have to wait for the full details to regard on this Enclave.

  (599) posted on 05.29.2012

I want to see the exterior and its parts more though.

  (428) posted on 05.18.2012

Enclave features safety and security with an impressive amount of technology.

  (474) posted on 05.15.2012

I love how this is like a vehicle of function, and its interior is like a secured innovative cabin.

  (599) posted on 04.23.2012

I think this car was suitable for families up to 7 members. Because of that it became best selling. Added with safety technologies and improved styling makes it more great.

  (428) posted on 03.29.2012

I’m anticipating for its full details. As for now, I’m going to put in mind that it’s one of those highly innovative and protective cars.

  (526) posted on 03.9.2012

Funny. How can we appreciate a photo of a car if can’t even see it? But I think that this one has a cool interior design.

  (466) posted on 03.8.2012

What would you expect me to say about it? I’m not impressed with that photo. That was too vague, I wish they would reveal more!

  (296) posted on 03.7.2012

This is brilliant; they have bundled technology with safety. However, before I give my full approval to Buick Enclave, I’ll have to wait until they give out its complete data.

  (517) posted on 03.5.2012

There are too many cars to be unveiled soon! I can’t wait checking them out. I hope Enclave’s safety features are really reliable. It would be good for its reputation to be both secure and fast.

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