Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2012 GMC Acadia VS 2012 Buick Enclave In IA

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2012 GMC Acadia

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2012 GMC Acadia

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2012 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The Acadia SLT/Denali’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Enclave doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the Acadia and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Acadia AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave AWD (16 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Enclave AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Enclave AWD (28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Acadia has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (7.4 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Acadia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has .6 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room, .6 inches more third row headroom and .4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Enclave.



Behind Third Seat

24.1 cubic feet

23.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

68.7 cubic feet

67.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.9 cubic feet

115.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia (except SL/SLE) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Enclave doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Acadia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Acadia will cost $755 less than the Enclave over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the Enclave, including $150 less for a water pump, $517 less for an alternator and $125 less for front struts.

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