Compare 2018 Buick Enclave vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Buick Enclave
2018 Ford Explorer
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AWD 4-Door Avenir
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Enclave AWD 4-Door Avenir 17 25 $53,010 $55,800
Enclave AWD 4-Door Essence 17 25 $43,985 $46,300
Enclave AWD 4-Door Premium 17 25 $47,880 $50,400
Enclave FWD 4-Door 18 26 $39,795 $39,995
Enclave FWD 4-Door Avenir 18 26 $50,825 $53,500
Enclave FWD 4-Door Essence 18 26 $42,085 $44,300
Enclave FWD 4-Door Premium 18 26 $45,695 $48,100
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 22 $33,090 $34,290
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $31,015 $32,140
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $42,249 $44,240
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $40,196 $42,090
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $51,512 $53,940
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,883 $45,950
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 22 $34,690 $36,325
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,637 $34,175

Pricing

Invoice Price

$53,010
$33,090

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$55,800
$34,290

Monthly Payment Estimate

$930 / month
$572 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
6.7

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2018 Buick Enclave hones its appeal with beautiful style, much-improved handling, and no-nonsense technology. The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 16 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 22 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Standard SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Hip Room (in)

48.5 40.7

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61.7 61

Front Leg Room (in)

41.2 42.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- TBD - 151.7

Third Head Room (in)

37.6 37.8

Front Hip Room (in)

59.1 57.3

Third Shoulder Room (in)

57.3 50.8

Second Leg Room (in)

38.9 39.5

Front Head Room (in)

- TBD - 41.4

Passenger Capacity

7 7

Second Hip Room (in)

57.7 56.8

Front Shoulder Room (in)

62.4 61.5

Third Leg Room (in)

33.5 32

Second Head Room (in)

- TBD - 40.6

Exterior Dimensions

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.7 8.3

Length, Overall (in)

204.3 198.3

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

NA -

Height, Overall (in)

69.6 70

Liftover Height (in)

NA -

Track Width, Rear (in)

67 67

Wheelbase (in)

120.9 112.8

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

NA -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.8 78.9

Track Width, Front (in)

67.3 67

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

97.6 80.7

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

NA -

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

23.6 21

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

NA -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

NA -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

58.0 43.8

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

NA -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

NA -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

NA -

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 12.8

Brake Type

Pwr 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 12.8

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

22 18.6

Steering

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

NA -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

39.0 38.9

Tires

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

Q3N NA

Spare Tire Order Code

ZCD NA

Rear Tire Size

P255/65R18 P245/60HR18

Rear Tire Order Code

Q3N NA

Front Tire Size

P255/55R20 P245/60HR18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 2000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

4500 2000

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

450 200

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

450 200

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

- 2000

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4685 4629

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

20 x - TBD - 18 X 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

20 x - TBD - 18 X 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

18 x - TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - -

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

170 175

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 540

Engine

Engine Type

Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Direct Injection Sequential MPI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

266 @ 2800 255 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

LFY 998-1

Displacement

3.6L/217 3.5 L/213

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

310 @ 6800 290 @ 6500

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

20 18

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 22

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 16

Transmission

Trans Order Code

M3W 44J

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.65

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.41

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/OD

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- TBD - -

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 0.74

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 4.48

Clutch Size (in)

NA -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.84

Trans Type

9 6

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- TBD - -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.88

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 2.87

Summary

Vehicle Name

Buick Enclave Ford Explorer

Body Style

Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

- TBD - Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA Strut

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - -

Suspension Type - Rear

5-link Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.8 9.8

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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