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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 Lincoln MKT 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 MKT 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 MKT doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
The Enclave Premium/Avenir has standard Forward Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
The Buick Enclave has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
The Enclave (except Preferred) offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKT 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 MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MKT’s (6 vs. 5 years).
There are over 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Enclave has a standard 730-amp battery. The MKT’s 650-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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 14 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.
On the EPA test cycle the Enclave AWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (17 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/21 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 MKT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Enclave uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKT requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKT (21.7 vs. 18.6 gallons).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick Enclave higher (6 out of 10) than the Lincoln MKT (3). This means the Enclave produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the MKT every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Enclave, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the MKT.
For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the MKT (255/65R18 vs. 235/55R19).
The Buick Enclave’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lincoln MKT 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 MKT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the MKT (120.9 inches vs. 117.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the MKT.
For better maneuverability, the Enclave’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (39 feet vs. 41.5 feet).
The Buick Enclave may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.
The Enclave is 3.3 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Enclave easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
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 MKT 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 MKT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Enclave has .9 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.1 inches more third row headroom, .5 inches more third row legroom, 7.9 inches more third row hip room and 8.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.
The Enclave’s cargo area provides more volume than the MKT.
Behind Third Seat
23.6 cubic feet
17.9 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
58 cubic feet
39.6 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
97.6 cubic feet
75.9 cubic feet
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Enclave’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The MKT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKT is limited to 4500 pounds. The Enclave offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.
Consumer Reports rated the Enclave’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the MKT’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”
When the Enclave Premium/Avenir is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Standard smartphone integration for the Enclave allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The MKT doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
The Enclave is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The MKT doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Buick Enclave outsold the Lincoln MKT by over sixteen to one during 2017.
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