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The Land Cruiser’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Enclave doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Enclave doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Land Cruiser has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Enclave doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser and the Enclave 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.
The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 1030 to 1456 pounds more than the Buick Enclave. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Enclave.
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 Land Cruiser’s reliability 54 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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Buick is ranked 19th.
The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 71 more horsepower (381 vs. 310) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 266) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.
As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Buick Enclave:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
The Land Cruiser has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Land Cruiser has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 21.7 gallons).
The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Enclave:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Enclave (285/60R18 vs. 255/65R18).
The Land Cruiser has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Enclave, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Land Cruiser has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Enclave doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.
The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Enclave Avenir (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).
For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8.9 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Land Cruiser is 9.4 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Land Cruiser has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Enclave can only carry 7.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Land Cruiser’s middle and third row seats recline. The Enclave’s third row seats don’t recline.
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition easier. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Enclave’s liftover is 31.2 inches.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Land Cruiser. The Enclave doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Land Cruiser’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Enclave’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Enclave’s (8100 vs. 1500 pounds).
The engine in the Land Cruiser is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Enclave. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
The Land Cruiser’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Enclave does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Land Cruiser has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Enclave doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The Land Cruiser has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Enclave Premium/Avenir.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Enclave Avenir offers wireless charging.
The Land Cruiser will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Land Cruiser will retain 50.43% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 34.43% to 39.22%.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Enclave isn't recommended.
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