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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 Honda Odyssey doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.
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 Odyssey 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 Odyssey doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
The Enclave (except Preferred) offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Odyssey only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Enclave and the Odyssey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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 and rear cross-path warning.
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 Odyssey’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 Honda covers the Odyssey. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Odyssey ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Odyssey’s (6 vs. 5 years).
Buick pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Enclave. Buick will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Odyssey.
There are almost 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.
The camshafts in the Enclave’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Odyssey’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Odyssey’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Enclave has a standard 170-amp alternator. The Odyssey’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.
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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.
The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (310 vs. 280) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 262) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6.
The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Odyssey (21.7 vs. 19.5 gallons).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick Enclave higher (6 out of 10) than the Honda Odyssey (3). This means the Enclave produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Odyssey every 15,000 miles.
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 Odyssey are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Odyssey (255/65R18 vs. 235/60R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Odyssey’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 Honda Odyssey only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
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 Odyssey’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Enclave has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Odyssey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Odyssey (120.9 inches vs. 118.1 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Enclave’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Odyssey’s (39 feet vs. 39.6 feet).
The Enclave has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear shoulder room and .1 inches more third row hip room than the Odyssey.
The Enclave’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Odyssey doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
Maximum trailer towing in the Honda Odyssey is limited to 3500 pounds. The Enclave offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Enclave uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Odyssey uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Honda is ranked 25th.
The power windows standard on both the Enclave and the Odyssey have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Enclave is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Odyssey prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.
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 Odyssey’s power windows’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.
The Enclave has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Odyssey has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Enclave has standard extendable sun visors. The Odyssey doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Enclave’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.
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 Odyssey offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The Enclave has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite. The Enclave Premium/Avenir also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Odyssey.
The Enclave has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because typical repairs cost less on the Enclave than the Odyssey, including $14 less for a muffler and $140 less for a starter.
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