2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2020 Buick Enclave

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Traverse 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 Traverse 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, 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.


There are over 47 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.


As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Traverse is faster than the Buick Enclave:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Traverse gets better fuel mileage than the MDX:




3.6 DOHC 6-cyl.

18 city/27 hwy



3.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

18 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Traverse stops shorter than the Enclave:



60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Traverse RS AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Traverse RS AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Enclave Avenir (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Traverse has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Enclave can only carry 7.

The Traverse has .3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and .2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity

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



Second Seat Folded

98.2 cubic feet

97.6 cubic feet


In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Enclave doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Traverse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Traverse will cost $555 less than the Enclave over a five-year period.

The Traverse will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Traverse will retain 46.83% to 49.78% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 43.2% to 45.22%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Traverse than the Enclave, including $121 less for a water pump, $111 less for a muffler, $12 less for front brake pads, $9 less for a starter, $3 less for a fuel pump, $3 less for front struts and $670 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Traverse will be $3373 to $9185 less than for the Buick Enclave.


The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Buick Enclave by almost three to one during 2018.

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