Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 GMC Acadia VS 2016 Buick Enclave Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 GMC Acadia

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2016 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

Both the Acadia and the Enclave 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Acadia SLT AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Enclave AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Acadia SLT AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Enclave AWD (28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Acadia has .8 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear hip room, .6 inches more third row headroom and .4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Behind Third Seat

24.1 cubic feet

23.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

70.1 cubic feet

68.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

116.1 cubic feet

115.2 cubic feet

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



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



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

The Acadia (except SL/SLE) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Enclave doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Acadia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Acadia will cost $450 less than the Enclave over a five-year period.

The Acadia will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Acadia will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Enclave.



Five Year

34% to 39%


Three Year

48% to 55%


According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Acadia is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost less on the Acadia than the Enclave, including $22 less for an alternator, $88 less for a fuel pump and $76 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Acadia will be $1417 to $3818 less than for the Buick Enclave.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The GMC Acadia outsold the Buick Enclave by 51% during the 2015 model year.

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