2013 Buick Enclave AWD Premium…Bold and Beautiful
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When I first saw Michael Burton, Buick's Director of Interior Design in the Enclave commercial a few years ago, with Oleta Adams’ rendition of “A New Day” wafting in the background, I knew the Enclave would have a legacy of refinement, luxury and class. The new 2013 Buick Enclave keeps that legacy going and does not disappoint.
The bold design slaps you in the face with a velvet glove at first glance. Silky lines ooze up, over, down and around the sexy body of the Enclave. It’s like watching what the Commodores called a ‘brick house’ strut her way around town. Ample chrome accents that frame the windows, base of the doors, bumpers, 19” wheels and exhaust offer up some sexy jewelry for this diva. Even the grille makes a bold fashion statement with the Buick badging nestled in its center.
The ride of the Enclave proved to be just as exciting. Supported by a 3.6L, V6 engine and Hydra-Matic 6T75 6-speed AWD automatic transmission, the Enclave AWD pushes out 288 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage was respectable for the luxury crossover segment at a combined 18-MPG. The distribution of weight throughout the ride of the Enclave was solid and extremely level. Never was there a feeling of top-heaviness even with its base of a 4,922 lbs. curb weight. Whether it was on hills, straight a ways or banking a sharp turn, the Enclave held its own via the Stabilitrak – Stability Control System with Traction Control.
Just as the exterior of the Enclave was inviting; the interior of quickened the pulse too. Crafted like elegant room in a dream house featured on HGTV, the Enclave has a mature and established charm about it.
Filled with exotic woods, butter soft leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, the Enclave definitely tips the hat to luxury. Equipped with 4 Captain Chairs (Power 8-Way Front Seats with Recline and Lumbar) and a 3-Row Split Bench Seat, the Enclave AWD has all passengers literally sitting in the lap of luxury!
The technology of the Enclave is innovative as well. The new IntelliLink feature (now a standard feature on every 2013 model) gives the dashboard a technological upgrade with a designable touchscreen and smartphone integration for more “hands on the wheel” functionality. Additionally, Buick is offering services to ease new owners who aren’t technologically savvy into this new technology. Based in Austin, Texas, the Customer and Relationship Service (CARS) Infotainment Customer Support Team will provide one-on-one guidance for owners.
Still committed to providing unparalleled luxury to the crossover segment, the Enclave’s Luxury Package includes: Power Folding Outside Mirrors that are heated and auto dimming, HID and Direction Adaptive Headlamps, Ambient Lightning, Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column, XM Radio with a Bose Premium Audio System. Power Lift Gate and Remote Vehicle Starter System…plus a whole lot more. If those features weren’t enough, other upgraded options include a Rear Seat Entertainment that includes Color Touch Navigation System with XM NaviTraffic and a Power Sunroof. Another cool feature for the rear passengers is a 2nd Row Skylight to gaze at the stars.
As Michael Burton says, “It’s the best of a Sport Utility with the luxury amenities of a car.” Boom, and there you have it!
MSRP Standard $47, 625 or nicely upgraded $52,090. For more info click here.