Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2022 Acura MDX Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2022 Buick ENCLAVE

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2022 Buick ENCLAVE

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2022 Acura MDX

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the Buick Enclave’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Acura MDX doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

The Enclave has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The MDX doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Enclave and the MDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the MDX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 7 times as many Buick dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Enclave’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the MDX’s camshafts. If the MDX’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick above average in initial quality. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is rated below average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick second in reliability, above the industry average. With 97 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick fourth in overall reliability. Acura is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

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The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (310 vs. 290) than the MDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Enclave is faster than the Acura MDX:

Enclave

MDX

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Enclave uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MDX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the MDX (19.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the MDX (21.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Enclave’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the MDX are solid, not vented.

The Enclave stops shorter than the MDX:

Enclave

MDX

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Buick Enclave’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Acura MDX only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Enclave offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The MDX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the MDX (120.9 inches vs. 113.8 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Enclave’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the MDX’s (39 feet vs. 40.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Enclave has a greater minimum ground clearance than the MDX (7.5 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Enclave to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Enclave uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The MDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Enclave has 18.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MDX (157.3 vs. 139.1).

The Enclave has 4.1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.4 inches more third row headroom, 4.4 inches more third row legroom, 7.9 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the MDX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Enclave

MDX

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

18.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.7 cubic feet

48.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.4 cubic feet

95 cubic feet

Pressing a button automatically lowers or raises the Enclave Premium/Avenir’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The MDX doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The power windows standard on both the Enclave and the MDX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Enclave is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The MDX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Enclave’s available exterior PIN entry system. The MDX doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its AcuraLink can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Enclave’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The MDX has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Enclave 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 costs extra on the MDX.

The Enclave Premium/Avenir has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the MDX.

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