Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2017 Dodge Grand Near Algona, IA

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2017 Buick ENCLAVE

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2017 Buick ENCLAVE

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2017 Dodge Grand

Safety Comparison

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Enclave offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Grand Caravan doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Enclave offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Enclave’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Enclave has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Enclave and the Grand Caravan 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 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 Grand Caravan:



Grand Caravan


5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

641/393 lbs.

776/782 lbs.




5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

221/280 lbs.

526/665 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 Grand Caravan:



Grand Caravan


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

129 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

318 lbs.

625 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

704 lbs.

948 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches




Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

788 lbs.

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

The Buick Enclave has a better fatality history. The Enclave was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 18.2% lower per vehicle registered than the Grand Caravan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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

The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Grand Caravan’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 Grand Caravan.

Reliability Comparison

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the van’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Enclave has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Grand Caravan’s 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Enclave is under the floor, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the Enclave’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Grand Caravan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

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 31% better than the Grand Caravan.

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 5 more horsepower (288 vs. 283) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 260) than the Grand Caravan’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Enclave has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Grand Caravan (22 vs. 20 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 on the Grand Caravan are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Grand Caravan (255/60R19 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Grand Caravan’s standard 65 series tires. The Enclave’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Grand Caravan’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Grand Caravan. The Enclave offers optional 20-inch wheels.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Buick Enclave has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Enclave has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Caravan.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Enclave has .6 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more third row legroom than the Grand Caravan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Enclave’s available folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Enclave, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Enclave’s optional Easy Exit Seat raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Enclave has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Grand Caravan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SXT/GT.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Enclave has standard extendable sun visors. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Enclave with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Grand Caravan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Enclave offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Grand Caravan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Enclave keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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 Grand Caravan SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Buick Enclave, 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 Grand Caravan isn’t in the top three in its category.

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