Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 GMC Acadia VS 2018 Buick Enclave In IA

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2018 GMC Acadia

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2018 GMC Acadia

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2018 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The Acadia Denali’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Enclave doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Acadia 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 Acadia and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Acadia the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 148 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Enclave has not been tested, yet.

Engine Comparison

The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 266) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Acadia V6 is faster than the Buick Enclave:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

84.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Acadia stops shorter than the Enclave:





60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Enclave Avenir (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Acadia All Terrain has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (7.8 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Acadia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The GMC Acadia may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Acadia is 10.7 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Acadia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Acadia than the Enclave, including $212 less for a water pump, $17 less for a muffler, $9 less for front brake pads, $22 less for a starter, $111 less for fuel injection, $74 less for a fuel pump and $93 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The GMC Acadia outsold the Buick Enclave by over two to one during 2017.

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