2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Buick Enclave

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Telluride 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.

Both the Telluride and Enclave have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Telluride has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Enclave’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Telluride offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Enclave doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Telluride’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Enclave doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Telluride 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 and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Telluride the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Enclave last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Telluride comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Enclave’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Telluride 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Buick covers the Enclave. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Enclave ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The Enclave’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Telluride’s reliability 14 points higher than the Enclave.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 9 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Telluride is faster than the Buick Enclave:

Telluride

Enclave

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Telluride

Enclave

2WD

3.8 V6/8-spd. Auto

20 city/26 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.8 V6/8-spd. Auto

19 city/24 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Telluride’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Enclave:

Telluride

Enclave

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Enclave:

Telluride

Enclave

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Telluride LX/EX’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 Telluride S/SX’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Telluride has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Enclave doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Telluride’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.7% to 44.3%) than the Enclave’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Telluride more stable handling and braking.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Telluride SX 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Enclave Avenir (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Telluride has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Telluride to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Telluride is 7.4 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Telluride SX 4x4 is quieter than the Enclave Essence:

Telluride

Enclave

At idle

36 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 2.9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more third row headroom than the Enclave.

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

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Telluride. The Enclave doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Enclave’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Telluride offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Enclave doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Telluride’s front and rear power windows all 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 passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Telluride SX’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Telluride’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Enclave’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Telluride EX/SX has standard front air conditioned seats and the Telluride SX offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Enclave doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Kia Telluride as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its November 2019 issue and they ranked the Kia Telluride SX 4x4 first. They ranked the Buick Enclave Essence fifth.

The Telluride was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2020. The Enclave has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Telluride as their 2020 Sport Utility of the Year. The Enclave has never been chosen.

The Kia Telluride outsold the Buick Enclave by 15% during 2019.

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