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January 22, 2013

Spacious Buick crossover one of top luxury contenders

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Gentle lights sweep around the cabin, from the back seats all the wayacross the dash, something that gives it an elegant, spaceship look at night unlike anything else on the road. The materials are top-notch, too, with soft leather seats and classy stitching on the dash and door trim.

Buick made a long list of improvements to the Enclave for 2013. It's

not an all-new design, but it comes close with freshened exterior

styling, a new instrument panel and interior lighting, an updated

six-speed automatic transmission, new suspension design and more

standard equipment.

The end result is a luxury vehicle that rivals some of the best crossovers in the world, including the category's standard bearer, the Lexus RX. If your idea of a Buick crossover is built around the old Rendezvous, you'll be in for a shock.

Pricing starts at $39,340 for the base front-wheel-drive Enclave andranges up to $48,520 for the Premium Group package with all-wheel drive.

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Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at carcolumn@gmail.com.

 

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INFO BOX:

RATINGS

Style: 8

Performance: 8

Price: 7

Handling: 7

Ride: 9

Comfort: 9

Quality: 9

Overall: 9

What was tested?

2013 Buick Enclave FWD Premium Group ($45,625). Options: Rear-seat

entertainment system ($1,445), power sunroof ($1,400). Price as tested

(including $825 destination charge): $49,295

Why buy it?

It's a spectacular luxury crossover with three rows of seating, a

quality cabin and smooth, silent highway ride.

Why hesitate?

The soft ride won't appeal to people who like their crossovers sporty,

and its traditional cabin doesn't have the high-tech wow factor of

some rivals.

 

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