2019 Buick Enclave vs. 2019 Chevrolet Traverse

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Safety

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Both the Enclave and the Traverse 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, 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

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

The Enclave’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Traverse runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Enclave has a standard 730-amp battery. The Traverse’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 10 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 55 more horsepower (310 vs. 255) than the Traverse RS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Enclave uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Traverse RS requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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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 Traverse are solid, not vented.

The Enclave stops shorter than the Traverse:

 

Enclave

Traverse

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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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 Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Passenger Space

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The Enclave has .2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Traverse.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Enclave

Traverse

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

58 cubic feet

57.8 cubic feet

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 1% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

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

If the windows are left open on the Enclave the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Traverse can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Enclave has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Traverse doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because typical repairs cost much less on the Enclave than the Traverse, including $18 less for fuel injection and $433 less for a timing belt/chain.

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