2013 Buick Enclave Premium Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Buick Enclave - Road Test Specs


Year Make Model2013 Buick Enclave Premium 1SN (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 7-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$45,450
Options on test vehicleChampagne Silver Metallic Paint ($0); All-Wheel Drive ($2,000); Moonroof ($1,400); Navigation System ($795); 20-Inch Wheels and Tires ($250)
As-tested MSRP$50,895
Assembly locationLansing, MI


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,564/217
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)288 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)270 @ 3,400
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 91-octane for best performance
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter with shifter-mounted button
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 4.48; 2nd = 2.87; 3rd = 1.84, 4th = 1.41; 5th = 1.00; 6th = 0.74
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.16


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1
Tire make and modelBridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP255/55R20 107H
Wheel size20-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph (sec.)13.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.6 @ 82.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)14.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)17.0 @ 81.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.3
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON58.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.7
@ Full throttle (dB)69.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.7
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,850

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot 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.
Braking commentsLots 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.
Handling commentsSkid 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.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/18/2012
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)83.6
Relative humidity (%)32.6
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)1.5, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,256
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/22 highway/18 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)16 mpg average over 691 miles
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22.0

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio with CD player, Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatible, 6.5" diagonal touch-screen display, USB port and auxiliary input jack
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional, with traffic 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard 6 months trial subscription
Parking aidsStandard parking sonar rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional rear cross-traffic alert

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,922
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,050
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56/44
Length (in.)201.9
Width (in.)79.0
Height (in.)71.7
Wheelbase (in.)118.9
Track, front (in.)67.3
Track, rear (in.)67.1
Turning circle (ft.)40.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)36.9
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)33.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)61.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)61.3
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)57.4
Seating capacity7
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)115.2
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)68.9
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)23.3
GVWR (lbs.)6,459
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,500
Ground clearance (in.)8.4


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles

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