Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Chevrolet Traverse VS 2018 Buick Enclave In IA

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

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2018 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Traverse and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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

There are over 46 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Traverse RS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 266) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Traverse V6 is faster than the Buick Enclave:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Traverse FWD V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Enclave FWD (18 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Traverse stops shorter than the Enclave:





60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Traverse Premier AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Traverse Premier AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Enclave Avenir (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Enclave can only carry 7.

The Traverse has .3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and .2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Third Seat Folded

58.1 cubic feet

58 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

98.5 cubic feet

97.6 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior keypad. The Enclave doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Buick Enclave by almost three to one during 2017.

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