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2013 Buick Enclave Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Buick Enclave was new.


Performance: 7.8

Critics say the 2013 Buick Enclave is adequately powered and has a smooth ride. While reviewers don’t consider the Enclave sporty, it handles well for a midsize SUV and gets good fuel economy for the class.

  • "The driving character of the Enclave is not sports-car-like, but there is plenty of useful feedback in the steering and the capable suspension feels compliant and well damped." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3.6-liter V6 provides good acceleration in a wide variety of driving conditions. This performance, combined with the Enclave's hushed cabin, makes this a fine choice for daily driving, long road trips and everything in between.” -- Edmunds (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Enclave’s 3.6-liter V6 engine carries over unchanged from the previous model year. The engine makes 288 horsepower and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- or all-wheel drive is available on all trims. The Enclave achieves reasonable fuel economy for the class. According to EPA estimates, the front-wheel drive Enclave gets 17/24 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive models get slightly less at 16/22 mpg. Towing capacity maxes out at 4,500 pounds.

The Enclave doesn’t have the most powerful engine in the class, according to test drivers, but it moves the heavy crossover adequately. Critics say its six-speed automatic shifts promptly and that the Enclave manages decent acceleration from a stop. Even though the Enclave can’t compete with SUVs like the V8-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee in terms of power, one reviewer praises the Enclave’s fuel economy.

  • "The accompanying six-speed automatic transmission is slightly massaged for the new Enclave, offering smoother timing and shifts." -- Edmunds
  • "The Enclave's V6 engine provides adequate acceleration, but it could do with a little more horsepower. On the flip side, the Enclave's fuel-economy ratings are near the top of its class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Enclave has adequate go in all situations. Front-drive versions are marginally quicker from a stop. … We notice no tardiness when a downshift is required for more power." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Handling and Braking

While the 2013 Buick Enclave isn’t as sporty as some rivals like the Mazda CX-9, reviewers think it handles well for a heavy crossover. The Enclave gets high marks from critics for its composed and comfortable ride. Body roll is detected by test drivers in sharp turns, but overall, the Enclave holds its own on the road.

  • "It may not be in the same league as the athletic Mazda CX-9, but the Enclave can hustle through the curves when asked." -- Truck Trend
  • "Hidden from view are dual-flow shocks up front that make for a smoother ride and improved handling." -- Left Lane News
  • "Controlled and composed, Enclave traverses most rough roads with only minor wallow. Only sharp bumps intrude." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Other large crossovers feel more nimble, but overall the Enclave's handling inspires confidence. The suspension also earns high marks for ride comfort." -- Edmunds (2012)

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