Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2011 Honda Pilot Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2011 Buick ENCLAVE

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2011 Honda Pilot

Safety Comparison

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The Enclave has standard OnStar, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Pilot doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Enclave and the Pilot have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The Enclave comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Pilot’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Enclave comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 100,000 miles. Buick will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Pilot.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Enclave 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Pilot. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Pilot ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

There are almost 3 times as many Buick dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Enclave’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Pilot’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Pilot’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Enclave has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Pilot doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Enclave has a standard 730 amp battery. The Pilot’s 550 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

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The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 38 more horsepower (288 vs. 250) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Enclave’s engine produces its peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Pilot (3400 vs. 4800).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Enclave FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Pilot FWD (17 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The Enclave has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Pilot (22 vs. 21 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Pilot are solid, not vented.

The Enclave stops shorter than the Pilot:

Enclave

Pilot

60 to 0 MPH

142 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

153 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Pilot (255/60R19 vs. 245/65R17).

The Enclave’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pilot’s standard 65 series tires. The Enclave’s optional tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Pilot’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave has standard 19 inch wheels. Only 17 inch wheels are available on the Pilot. The Enclave offers optional 20 inch wheels.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 9.8 inches longer than on the Pilot (119 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Enclave has .4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more third row legroom than the Pilot.

The front step up height for the Enclave is 1.5 inches lower than the Pilot (18.9” vs. 20.4”). The Enclave’s rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the Pilot’s (19.8” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Enclave

Pilot

Behind Third Seat

23.2 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

67.5 cubic feet

47.7 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Enclave offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Pilot doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Enclave CXL’s standard easy entry system 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 Pilot doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Enclave and the Pilot 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 Pilot prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Enclave CXL offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Pilot doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Enclave CXL 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 Pilot’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Enclave CXL offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Pilot has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Enclave CXL’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Pilot doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Enclave has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Pilot LX doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

The Enclave’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Pilot’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Enclave owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Enclave will cost $225 to $1826 less than the Pilot over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Pilot because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Enclave than the Pilot, including $61 less for a water pump, $163 less for an alternator, $164 less for a starter, $91 less for front struts and $92 less for a power steering pump.

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