Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2017 Chevrolet Traverse In IA

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2017 Buick ENCLAVE

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2017 Buick ENCLAVE

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

Both the Enclave and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Enclave comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Traverse’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Enclave 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Traverse. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Traverse ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Enclave’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Traverse runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Enclave has a standard 730-amp battery. The Traverse’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Enclave’s reliability will be 6% better than the Traverse.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (288 vs. 281) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 266) than the Traverse LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Enclave stops much shorter than the Traverse:

 

Enclave

Traverse

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

153 feet

161 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Traverse (255/60R19 vs. 245/70R17).

The Enclave’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Enclave AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Traverse LT AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Enclave has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Traverse (7.6 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Enclave to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Enclave AWD is quieter than the Traverse LT AWD:

 

Enclave

Traverse

At idle

38 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Enclave has .1 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Traverse.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Enclave’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Traverse’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Traverse’s optional windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Enclave offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Traverse doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Enclave’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Traverse LT/LTZ.

The Enclave has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Traverse and isn’t available on the Traverse LS.

The Enclave’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Traverse LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Enclave’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Traverse doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because typical repairs cost less on the Enclave than the Traverse, including $46 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Enclave third among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Traverse isn’t in the top three.

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