It may seem hard to believe, but the Buick Enclave has been ferrying kids to the local prep school since 2008 with only minor tweaks since then. Buick has been busy since then with the Lacrosse, Regal and Verano, and with the Enclave now entering its sixth model year, it would be reasonable to expect a replacement. Not so. Instead, Buick is updating the Enclave to keep it current. The brand boasts the Enclave is the best selling 3-row luxury crossover in the US.The Garage reviewed a 2010 model, click here to read our review.
And other auto makers want a piece of that cake. The Enclave’s greatest threat may be the all-new Infiniti JX35, which has its sights aimed directly at the Enclave. The styling has been updated, most notably in the front for a more chiseled, refined look that makes the ’12 car look puffy in comparison. LED daytime running lights and taillights add a contemporary touch. Inside, ambient lighting is a new feature. New dual flow dampers on the suspension contribute for a smoother ride and improved handling. Finally, more standard equipment and safety features, including an industry first front-center airbag round out the changes.
For 2013, the Enclave will be available in three trim levels. Pricing includes destination charges.
Enclave: $39,270 Standard on the base Enclave is a 7″ touch screen with IntelliLink, HID headlights, rear park assist, rear view camera, remote start and power lift gate.
Enclave with Leather Group: $43,285 Adds leather seating, heated front seats, power passenger seat, memory setting for the seats, Side Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert.
Enclave with Premium Group: $46,430 Adds 19″ chrome alloys, articulating headlights, Bose premium audio, cooled front seats, power folding mirrors, and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
All Enclaves are available with optional all-wheel drive, navigation and trailer packages.
The sense I get from Buick is that as is, the Enclave is leading the pack in terms of sales, so why reinvent the wheel? The changes here are minor, but badly needed to keep the car current. Buick has been helped by the fact that other 3-row luxury crossovers like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class are far more expensive. The Infiniti JX35 has priced itself uncomfortably close to the Enclave, so it should be interesting to see who retains the crown as best seller in its class.