Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2022 Ford Explorer Near Buckeye, AZ

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2022 Buick ENCLAVE

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2022 Buick ENCLAVE

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2022 Ford Explorer

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 Ford Explorer 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 Explorer doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Enclave and the Explorer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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

Enclave

Explorer

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

15.6%

26.3%

Leg Forces (l/r)

53/40 lbs.

230/210 lbs.

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 Buick Enclave is safer than the Ford Explorer:

Enclave

Explorer

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

161 lbs.

161 lbs.

Hip Force

204 lbs.

224 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

251

288

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

554 lbs.

573 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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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 Enclave’s reliability 17 points higher than the Explorer.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick above average in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is rated lower.

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick second in reliability, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick fourth in overall reliability. Ford is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

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The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (310 vs. 300) than the Explorer’s standard 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Enclave is faster than the Ford Explorer V6 hybrid gas:

Enclave

Explorer

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.7 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 Explorer ST/Platinum/King Ranch/Timberline requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Explorer 2.3-liter’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 17.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Explorer Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 18 gallons). The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 20.2 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 standard on the Explorer ST are solid, not vented.

The Enclave stops shorter than the Explorer:

Enclave

Explorer

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

136 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 Ford Explorer only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Enclave has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Explorer doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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 Explorer’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Explorer (120.9 inches vs. 119.1 inches).

The Enclave Avenir AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Explorer XLT 4WD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Enclave Essence is quieter than the Explorer ST 4WD (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Enclave has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Explorer (157.3 vs. 152.7).

The Enclave has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row legroom, 7.6 inches more third row hip room and 2.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Explorer.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Enclave

Explorer

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

18.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.7 cubic feet

47.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.4 cubic feet

87.8 cubic feet

The Enclave’s cargo area is larger than the Explorer’s in almost every dimension:

Enclave

Explorer

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

26.2”/54”/90”

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

Max Width

52.7”

59”

Min Width

48.5”

48.1”

Height

30.8”

33.7”

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Enclave Premium/Avenir has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and tachometer readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Explorer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Enclave’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 Explorer’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Enclave the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Explorer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Enclave’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Explorer’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Enclave’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Explorer XLT/Limited/ST-Line/Timberline/King Ranch/ST/Platinum.

When the Enclave Premium/Avenir is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Explorer’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Explorer.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Buick Enclave has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Explorer and isn’t available on the Explorer Base/XLT.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Explorer because typical repairs cost much less on the Enclave than the Explorer, including $202 less for a muffler and $62 less for a timing belt/chain.

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