2018 Buick Enclave vs. 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Enclave and Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Enclave uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Land Cruiser uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Enclave and the Land Cruiser have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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

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

The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Land Cruiser’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 65 percent more Buick dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Enclave has a standard 730-amp battery. The Land Cruiser’s 650-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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked fourth.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Enclave AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Land Cruiser (17 city/25 hwy vs. 13 city/18 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Enclave, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Land Cruiser.

Tires and Wheels

The Enclave’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Land Cruiser’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Land Cruiser’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Buick Enclave’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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 Toyota Land Cruiser has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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 Land Cruiser’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the Land Cruiser (120.9 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Land Cruiser.

Chassis

The Buick Enclave may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1450 pounds less than the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Unibody construction makes the Enclave’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Land Cruiser doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

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 Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Enclave has 2.7 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.8 inches more third row headroom and 5.2 inches more third row legroom than the Land Cruiser.

The front step up height for the Enclave is 4.3 inches lower than the Land Cruiser (18” vs. 22.3”). The Enclave’s rear step up height is 4.5 inches lower than the Land Cruiser’s (18.7” vs. 23.2”).

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Enclave

Land Cruiser

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

16.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

58 cubic feet

43 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.6 cubic feet

81.7 cubic feet

The Enclave’s cargo area is larger than the Land Cruiser’s in almost every dimension:

 

Enclave

Land Cruiser

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

23.8”/54”/90”

16.5”/46”/66.5”

Min Width

48.6”

40”

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

The Enclave’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Land Cruiser’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Enclave’s power cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Enclave’s power cargo door can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Servicing Ease

The Enclave has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Land Cruiser doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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 Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Enclave’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Land Cruiser’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Model Availability

The Enclave is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Land Cruiser doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Buick Enclave outsold the Toyota Land Cruiser by over sixteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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