2021 Buick Enclave vs. Its Competition

2021 Buick Enclave
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Buick Enclave is related to the Chevrolet Traverse, but is a softer interpretation and more luxurious.

The Ford Explorer was updated last year and it’s spacious, but also pricey.

The Subaru Ascent is a good value, with standard all-wheel drive, but it’s not as spacious.

The Honda Pilot is a mainstay in the class, but it’s aged.

The Mazda CX-9 has all the grace of the Enclave, but not the same space.

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2021 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition2021 Mazda CX-9
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Buick Enclave is the smoother, smothering three-row crossover in GM’s stable.
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year.
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV rewards drivers with good road manners, but takes a penalty in third-row space.
The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door PreferredFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDSport FWD8-Passenger
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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