2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Buick Enclave

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Nautilus 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 Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Enclave doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Nautilus 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 Nautilus and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

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

Nautilus

Enclave

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Reliability

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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 Nautilus’ reliability 34 points higher than the Enclave.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Enclave isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 266) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 25 more horsepower (335 vs. 310) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 266) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Nautilus

Enclave

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Nautilus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Enclave:

Nautilus

Enclave

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Enclave (265/40R21 vs. 255/65R18).

The Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus’ optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Enclave’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Chassis

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The Lincoln Nautilus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Nautilus is 1 foot, 2.3 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 1.6 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume than the Enclave with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 23.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Nautilus easier. The Nautilus’ cargo hatch lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Enclave’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

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

Towing

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The Nautilus’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the Enclave’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

The Nautilus 2.7 Turbo can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Nautilus can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Enclave can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Buick. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With an 8% lower rating, Buick is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus’ 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ 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.

The Nautilus’ 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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Nautilus (except Standard) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Enclave doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Nautilus (except Standard) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Enclave doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Enclave isn't recommended.

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