2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Buick Enclave

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sedona 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 Sedona 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 Sedona (except LX)’s optional 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 Sedona 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 Kia Sedona is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Sedona

Enclave

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

196 lbs.

198 lbs.

Neck Compression

52 lbs.

77 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

333

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.9 inches

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sedona is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Sedona

Enclave

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

29

69

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

161 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

131

134

Hip Force

660 lbs.

716 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

34 G’s

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

Warranty

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The Sedona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van 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 Sedona 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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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona first among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Enclave isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 7th.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sedona stops much shorter than the Enclave:

Sedona

Enclave

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Enclave.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sedona offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Enclave can only carry 7.

The Sedona has .2 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 8.4 inches more rear hip room, 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom, 1.3 inches more third row legroom, 1.5 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

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

The front step up height for the Sedona is 1.7 inches lower than the Enclave (16.3” vs. 18”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Sedona

Enclave

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

23.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

78.4 cubic feet

58 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

142 cubic feet

97.6 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sedona easier. The Sedona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Enclave’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

The Sedona has a standard Sinking Seat 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 (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Sedona. The Enclave doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Sedona’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Enclave’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Sedona 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sedona (except LX) has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Enclave doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sedona owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sedona with a number “5” insurance rate while the Enclave is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Sedona will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sedona will retain 38.85% to 42.25% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 33.96% to 37.87%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sedona is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because it costs $218 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sedona than the Enclave, including $379 less for a water pump, $91 less for a muffler, $137 less for front brake pads, $168 less for a starter, $99 less for fuel injection, $201 less for a fuel pump, $41 less for a timing belt/chain and $1014 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Sedona will be $9565 to $11489 less than for the Buick Enclave.

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