Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Buick ENCLAVE VS 2014 Honda Pilot Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Buick ENCLAVE

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2014 Honda Pilot

Safety Comparison

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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 Pilot doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Enclave offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Pilot doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Enclave’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Pilot doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Enclave’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Pilot doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Enclave’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Pilot doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Enclave has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Enclave and the Pilot have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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.

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 Honda Pilot:

Enclave

Pilot

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

30%

Leg Forces (l/r)

641/393 lbs.

580/751 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

277

320

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

40%

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

51 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

221/280 lbs.

835/749 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 Honda Pilot:

Enclave

Pilot

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

52

61

Chest Movement

.4 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

129 G’s

144 G’s

Hip Force

318 lbs.

342 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

704 lbs.

1037 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

21 inches

HIC

285

585

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

60 G’s

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

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 6 years 70,000 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 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Pilot. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 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).

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Enclave for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Pilot.

There are almost 3 times as many Buick dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need 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.

The battery on the Enclave is under the floor, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Enclave’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Pilot’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Enclave second among midsize CUVS in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Pilot isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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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

124 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

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. 235/65R17).

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Pilot LX. The Enclave’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 9.7 inches longer than on the Pilot (118.9 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Enclave has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 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

23.3 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

68.9 cubic feet

47.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

115.2 cubic feet

87 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Enclave has a standard 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Pilot doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Enclave’s optional 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.

The Enclave has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Pilot has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

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

The Enclave’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Pilot EX 4WD/EX-L 4WD/Touring 4WD.

When the Enclave with available tilt-down mirrors 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 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 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Enclave’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.

Standard IntelliLink for the Enclave allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Pilot doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Pilot because typical repairs cost less on the Enclave than the Pilot, including $18 less for a water pump and $122 less for a starter.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Buick Enclave as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Enclave second among midsize CUVS in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Pilot isn’t in the top three.

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