Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2017 Dodge Durango In IA

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2017 Buick ENCLAVE

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2017 Buick ENCLAVE

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2017 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Buick Enclave are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

The Enclave has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Durango doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Enclave and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick Enclave is safer than the Dodge Durango:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk






5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

123 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

221/280 lbs.

404/224 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Buick Enclave is safer than the Dodge Durango:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

129 G’s

185 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

35 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Enclave, with its four-star roll-over rating, is 4.3% to 7.3% less likely to roll over than the Durango, which received a three-star rating.

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 Durango’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 Dodge covers the Durango. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Durango ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Durango’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Enclave for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Enclave has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

The Enclave has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Durango doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Enclave has a 170-amp alternator. The Durango’s standard 160-amp alternator 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 17% better than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 102 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Enclave uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Enclave’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Enclave stops much shorter than the Durango:





60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

153 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Durango SXT/GT.

The Buick Enclave’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Durango only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Enclave AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Enclave offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry 7.

The Enclave has 17.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (151.1 vs. 133.9).

The Enclave has .5 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 14.2 inches more rear hip room, 10.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row legroom, 5.5 inches more third row hip room and 7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

The front step up height for the Enclave is 1.6 inches lower than the Durango (18.9” vs. 20.5”). The Enclave’s rear step up height is .8 inches lower than the Durango’s (19.8” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

23.3 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

68.9 cubic feet

47.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

115.2 cubic feet

84.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Durango doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard IntelliLink for the Enclave allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Enclave, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Enclave owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Enclave will cost $455 to $1535 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Buick Enclave and the Dodge Durango, 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 Durango isn’t in the top three.

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