Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2018 Hyundai Santa In IA

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2018 Buick ENCLAVE

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2018 Buick ENCLAVE

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2018 Hyundai Santa

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the Buick Enclave’s middle 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 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

Both the Enclave and Santa Fe have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Enclave has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Santa Fe’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Enclave are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Santa Fe doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Enclave and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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). Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Santa Fe.

There are over twice as many Buick dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (310 vs. 290) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 252) than the Santa Fe’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Enclave FWD gets better highway fuel mileage than the Santa Fe FWD (18 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Enclave’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Santa Fe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Santa Fe (21.7 vs. 18.8 gallons).

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 Santa Fe are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Santa Fe (255/65R18 vs. 235/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Santa Fe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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

The Enclave has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Enclave offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 10.7 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (120.9 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Santa Fe.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Enclave uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Enclave uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Enclave has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom, 2.6 inches more third row legroom, 4.4 inches more third row hip room and 3.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Santa Fe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Santa Fe

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

13.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

58 cubic feet

40.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.6 cubic feet

80 cubic feet

The Enclave’s cargo area is larger than the Santa Fe’s in every dimension:



Santa Fe

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Enclave Premium/Avenir’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Enclave has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Enclave’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Santa Fe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Enclave has standard 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 Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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