My wife and I purchased this vehicle for our expanding family. We went from a 2009 Rav4 to the 2013 Buick Enclave. Lots of space, comfy ride (we've made a few trips up and down the coast with no complaints), and runs smoothly. It is a bit hard to see out the back, but the camera more than makes up for it. Definitely our favorite feature. Two issues with the Enclave: the first is the head rest. For whatever reason, my neck is never comfortable regardless on how I position it. Also, it does not lock into place so whenever someone climbs in the back and grabs it, the headrest gets knocked out of position. The second is the NAV system. Definitely a complete waste of money.
This car was primarily for my wife. She had been driving a Chevy Suburban. It was doing a fine job hauling our family around (three children and two large dogs) on vacation or around town. However, when it came time to replace the Suburban after 150+K miles, we switched to the Enclave. It's one of the finest SUV for the money. I highly recommend the Enclave, but the buyer should evaluate the touch screen and especially the Navigation system before they decide which vehicle to buy. My wife has no confidence in the Navigation system and often resorts to using her smart phone Maps App to find her way around.
We have been pleased with this car. My friend has an older one, and I am happy to have gotten the redesigned version shortly after it was introduced. The transmission has been re-tuned to shift at higher RPM's, producing brisk and smoother acceleration. I was only disappointed that the navigation system's font size is too small and cannot be adjusted. This could be a safety hazard, since the small font makes it hard to read.
This is truly a wonderful car and our first American car in many years. We have three children under 10 and this is by far the most roomy and classy ride that money can buy. It is a quient and very nicely appointed interior. Having the captains chairs was a must for us and this is the nicest car with that option. One complaint is the hazard button is way too sensitive. i hit that all the time when using the radio. Otherwise, love this car!
I just leased a 2013 Buick Enclave with Intellink. I had a 2010 Enclave and loved it. The Intellink is all touch buttons including the Emergency Flashers located just under the radio. When changing the radio I inadvertently touch the flasher button and turn them on . This happens daily. Fog lights are no longer available. I used them all the time. You better check with Buick to see which Smart Phones will work with Intellink. It cost me $600 to purchase a new phone when after several days and phones call I found out my HTC Rezound would not pair up. The Iphone 5 will not either. Surprise! Now that I bought a new phone Pandora still won't load.
Champagne Silver Metallic Paint ($0); All-Wheel Drive ($2,000); Moonroof ($1,400); Navigation System ($795); 20-Inch Wheels and Tires ($250)
Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
288 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
270 @ 3,400
Six-speed automatic with console shifter with shifter-mounted button
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Not much power down low; the V6 gets going around 3,000 rpm. Although with all this weight, it's never very potent; it is smooth, though. Upshifts are slow but subtle. There's a manual mode, but it still upshifts for itself at about 6,500 rpm anyway; doesn't hold gears. Manual shifting is via rocker switch on center console lever (only after the lever is moved to "L"). Also, it doesn't blip the throttle on downshifts.
Lots of nosedive, but pretty good straight stability. Just a bit of rear lockup and brake odor by the second stop and major smoke by the fifth stop. First stop was shortest at 126 feet; fifth and final stop was longest at 130 feet.
Skid pad: ESC cannot be defeated, but traction control can be turned off. ESC was minimally invasive and barely detectable. In fact, the traction control cutting in might have helped ever so slightly to keep the Enclave on track versus the TC-off runs. Regardless, plenty of body roll, major tire howl and overboosted steering. Slalom: Ultimately, at the mercy of the stability control system here. It adds brakes if you get too aggressive with your turning. There's a lot of sway and the steering struggles to keep up. Suspension feels overly springy as it rebounds from transition to transition.