Jones Auto Centers Compares 2022 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2022 Toyota Highlander Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2022 Buick ENCLAVE

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2022 Buick ENCLAVE

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2022 Toyota Highlander

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 Toyota Highlander 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 Highlander doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Enclave has a standard blind spot warning system which uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. Only the Highlander LE/XLE/XSE/Limited/Platinum offers a blind spot warning system.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Enclave has a standard rear cross-path warning system, which uses sensors in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. Only the Highlander LE/XLE/XSE/Limited/Platinum has a rear cross-path warning system.

Both the Enclave and the Highlander 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, 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 Toyota Highlander:

Enclave

Highlander

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

216

292

Neck Injury Risk

15.6%

38.2%

Neck Stress

198 lbs.

347 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

53/40 lbs.

321/243 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

128 lbs.

179 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

258/133 lbs.

545/323 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 Toyota Highlander:

Enclave

Highlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

204 lbs.

300 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

251

366

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

554 lbs.

664 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 Highlander’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 58 percent more Buick dealers than there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick above average in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota 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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick second in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked fifth.

Engine Comparison

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The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (310 vs. 295) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 263) than the Highlander’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Enclave is faster than the Toyota Highlander:

Enclave

Highlander

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander (19.4 vs. 17.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Highlander (21.7 vs. 17.9 gallons).

The Enclave has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Highlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Enclave stops shorter than the Highlander:

Enclave

Highlander

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Highlander (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Buick Enclave’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Highlander 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 Highlander 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 Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Enclave has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the Highlander (120.9 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Highlander.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Enclave uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Highlander doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Enclave has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Highlander (157.3 vs. 141.3).

The Enclave has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room, 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 5.8 inches more third row legroom, 2.9 inches more third row hip room and 2.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Highlander.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Enclave

Highlander

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.7 cubic feet

48.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.4 cubic feet

84.3 cubic feet

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

Enclave

Highlander

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

26.2”/54”/90”

17.8”/48”/80.7”

Max Width

52.7”

50”

Min Width

48.5”

45.8”

Height

30.8”

31”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Enclave Premium/Avenir’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Highlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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

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 Highlander offers 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 is only available on the Highlander Limited/Platinum.

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 Highlander.

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. Only the Highlander XLE/XSE/Limited/Platinum offers wireless charging.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Highlander because typical repairs cost much less on the Enclave than the Highlander, including $102 less for a starter, $31 less for fuel injection and $991 less for a timing belt/chain.

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