Buick introduced its Enclave five years ago as one of the preeminent 7 passenger vehicles on the market. Over the years, the Enclave has been criticized for its lack of an aesthetic interior design. Indeed, from 2008 to 2012, the Buick Enclave featured what many critics saw as an outdated interior design. The 2013 edition of the classy SUV has finally been updated to meet the aesthetic standards of the modern world. Gone are the cheap plastic trims of the Enclave’s past, replaced with the eminently more stylish faux wood texture. It’s also made the leap into the modern age with a dashboard screen powered by Intellilink. Even with the redesigned interior, the Enclave might leave a little to be desired.
Firstly, each of the 4 powertrain models has the same V6, 3.6-liter gas engine and only one of those options (the Convenience AWD) has all-wheel drive. The exterior of the SUV has seen very few upgrades in the last year. Both the front and rear fasciae have been changed slightly for the 2013 version. Most noticeably, the grille is now a fresh black-chrome color and the trim on the rear fascia has been altered to give it a more uniform look. Aside from these features, the outside of the car just doesn’t stand out.
The layout of the interior has seen almost no updates since the 2012 version. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because of the spaciousness of the Enclave, but it makes you wonder whether or not the head designers at Buick are trying to sell you a very slightly updated version of the same vehicle. They have included a few updated safety features that can give you extra peace of mind while you’re on the road. The 2012 Enclave was an IIHS Top Safety Pick and the 2013 edition looks to be no different. It features a new front center airbag that can protect you in the event of a side collision and it also has blind zone and rear cross alert systems.
Otherwise, the 2013 Enclave has seen very little advancement from its predecessor just a year earlier. Although it might look prettier, it lacks in any of the functional details that might draw consumers back to Buick. As a family wagon, the Enclave is more than satisfactory with all the leg room and cargo space it features.
In today’s modern and fast paced world, no one wants to be bogged down by life’s practicalities however it becomes almost impossible to avoid these situations sometimes especially if you are the owner of a big family and only one vehicle. This leaves you with driving a minivan or a SUV and this ultimately means that the feeling of cruising down the roads is gone instantaneously. However, there are ways in which you can create your own seven passenger vehicles today. This can be done by modifying the vehicle of your own choice. You can use the 3rd row seating options that are available from different manufacturers these days and modify the ride of your choice with spare parts and other different kinds of aftermarket products.
People have started modifying their cars in all sorts of ways these days. If you feel that you are more comfortable driving something else than a Minivan or SUV, you can do so by swapping out the seating, tires or engine. This does not necessarily mean that you will end up creating a seven passenger vehicle that is in some way unsafe for your kids to ride in. In fact, the most knowledgeable people end up creating the best masterpieces on four-wheels with a little tweaking and modification.
Modifying your standard vehicle and converting it into a seven passenger vehicle will not cost you a lot of money either. In fact this is a more affordable option for most American families. Third row seats from most independent manufactures are easily available in the market today at competitive prices which will let you accommodate all your children in the car at the same time. Most large families on a tight budget cannot afford to put the amount of fuel it takes to keep a SUV on the road. In a smaller seven passenger car, they would get higher fuel efficiency and save them a lot of money in the long run.
Most seven passenger vehicles that are available in today’s day and age are either minivans or SUV’s. They come with fully controlled DVD and Blu-Ray players and all sorts of controls for climate controls and advanced navigation systems. Although some of these features can come quite in handy from time to time, still you will have to spend a ridiculous amount of cash for these. This is the main reason as to why most families are looking to modify their sportier and much smaller cars into seven passenger vehicles.