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Price Increase for the 2013 Buick Enclave – Is it Worth It?

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Taking a quick look at the new 2013 Buick Enclave, it is hard to see any differences in its appearance. Put it side by side with the 2012 Buick Enclave, however, and you begin to see the improvements. New stylish tweaks and updated lighting systems bring this car into focus as a serious competitor. Despite sales slipping in 2011 by 5.5%, it still remains one of the bestselling car models of Buick’s, second only to the Lacrosse. With a starting price tag of $39,270, one can only wonder, though, with the nearly $3,000 price increase from the 2012 model, is it worth the additional price? Let’s take a further look inside.

The Mechanics

Mechanically, it appears that nothing has changed. The 2013 Buick Enclave offers only one engine style – the 3.6 V-6 liter engine that boasts a whopping 288 HP. You can get the car in both front wheel or four wheel drive, which is the way it should be. Gas mileage isn’t changing either it will still remain 16/22 and 17/24 for all wheel drive and front wheel drive, respectively.

Interior Upgrades

Come to the interior of the car, however, and it becomes apparent why the car’s price tag has increased. The electronics have been completely updated as well as the dash. The center column now features a 7” touch screen that features IntelliLink – the interaction system seen in other Buick models. Apps such as Pandora and Bluetooth phone integration are supported by IntelliLink, effectively bringing the 2013 Buick Enclave into modern times, finally. The screen also serves as the projection screen for the included reverse cam. Finally, those who go ga-ga over interior lighting will be pleased to know that the Enclave features blue ambient lighting – so you can set the mood…

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Three rows of seats exist in the 2013 Buick Enclave with seating for up to 8 passengers. The third row is a little cramped, but that’s to be expected, in most vehicles the third row is usually lacking in space. Makes you wonder what the point is, because personally, I wouldn’t put small children in the back, but hey – to each their own.

Increased Safety

The 2013 Buick Enclave features seven standard airbags, where prior models only housed six. The seventh airbag is located on the inboard of the driver’s seat to protect the front passengers in the instance of a side-impact collision.

Not to be outdone by other manufacturers, the 2013 Buick Enclave will also offer additional optional features including a rear cross path warning alert as well as a blind spot warning system.

Aye or Nay?

Overall, it appears that the upgrades have been made where it counts. A new, modern interior with a slightly new stylish exterior make the 2013 Buick Enclave a worthy option – even with the additional three grand price tag. All around, safety ratings are top notch, and with a family – as most people who consider the Enclave have – that is the most important aspect, not the gadgets (but we love them anyway!). So, my overall vote – Aye.

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Calvin Escobar

About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.