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2021 Buick Enclave vs. 2021 Ford Explorer Review

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2021 Buick
Enclave

MSRP*: $40,300 to $56,300
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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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Invoice* $38,446 to $53,710 $31,938 to $52,416
MPG - City 17 - 18 MPG 18 - 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 26 MPG 24 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 97.6 ft3 87.8 ft3
Engine V-6 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Automatic
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel Four-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 310 hp 300 - 400 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 5,300 - 5,600 lbs
Exterior Length 204.3 in 198.8 in
Exterior Width 78.8 in 78.9 in
Leg Room Front 41.2 in
Rear 38.9 in
Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Head Room Front 41.0 in
Rear 39.9 in
Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Buick Enclave offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Ford Explorer, with comparable head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Buick Enclave, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Buick Enclave as you will with the Ford Explorer, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Buick Enclave is somewhat more expensive than the Ford Explorer. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Buick Enclave will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Ford Explorer.

Dimensions
The Buick Enclave is about the same width as the Ford Explorer. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Buick Enclave, which is slightly longer than the Ford Explorer.

Performance
With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than with the Buick Enclave. The Buick Enclave has a little more horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Buick Enclave doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Ford Explorer.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Buick Enclave and the Ford Explorer. The Buick Enclave has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
The Buick Enclave comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Ford Explorer.