2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Buick Enclave

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Pilot are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Pilot 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 Pilot and the Enclave 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 blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Pilot

Enclave

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

149

216

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

198 lbs.

Neck Compression

46 lbs.

77 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

216

333

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

35.2%

Neck Stress

116 lbs.

128 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Pilot

Enclave

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

161 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

304 lbs.

716 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pilot the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Enclave has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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The engine in the Pilot has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Enclave has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Pilot’s reliability 30 points higher than the Enclave.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Pilot is faster than the Buick Enclave:

Pilot

Enclave

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Pilot gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave:

MPG

Pilot

FWD

9-spd

3.5 SOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

6-spd

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

9-spd

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

6-spd

3.5 SOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

Enclave

FWD

9-spd

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

9-spd

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The Enclave doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Pilot stops much shorter than the Enclave:

Pilot

Enclave

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Pilot LX/EX/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Enclave’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Pilot (except LX)’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Enclave doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Enclave Avenir (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Pilot is 7.8 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

The Pilot has .3 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom and .3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The Enclave’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Pilot

Enclave

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

97.6 cubic feet

The Pilot has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Enclave doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Pilot. The Enclave doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Pilot’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Enclave’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Pilot’s front power windows open or close 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 Enclave’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Pilot has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Pilot’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Pilot Elite/Black Edition’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $385 less than the Enclave over a five-year period.

The Pilot will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Pilot will retain 47.05% to 51.4% 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 Pilot is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because it costs $691 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the Enclave, including $152 less for a water pump, $121 less for front brake pads, $139 less for fuel injection, $365 less for a timing belt/chain and $543 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $8331 to $10082 less than for the Buick Enclave.

Recommendations

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The Honda Pilot has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Pilot

Enclave

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Buick Enclave by over three to one during 2018.

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