Bottom line: The Buick Enclave is one of the best people-stuff haulers available anywhere at any price. It is the top end of a retail triumvirate formed by the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, which also deserve a close look from crossover shoppers.
Ride, acceleration and handling: The Enclave Premium all-wheel-drive gets very good marks in all three.
Head-turning quotient: Excellent inside and out.
Body style/layout: The Enclave is a front-engine, full-size “entry-level luxury” crossover-utility vehicle with four side doors and a rear hatch. It is available in three iterations — convenience group, leather group and premium group.
Engine/transmission: The 2013 Enclave comes with a double-overhead-cam, 24-valve 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 engine with variable valve timing. It is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted manually.
Capacities: Seating can be arranged for seven or eight adults. With all seats in place, cargo capacity is 23.3 cubic feet. Cargo capacity increases substantially with the second and third rows folded. The Enclave can be equipped to tow a trailer weighing 4,500 pounds. The fuel tank holds 22 gallons; regular-grade gasoline is recommended.