GMC Acadia vs. Buick Enclave: Which one suits your lifestyle?

Here at Fletch's Buick GMC, we know that while the Buick and GMC brands may hail from roughly the same neck of the woods, their vehicles attract vastly different types of drivers. The GMC Brand has built its reputation on the back of its Professional Grade vehicles, earning renown all over the world for its durability and construction quality. On the other hand, Buick has always been known as one of the best brands in American luxury, boasting a refined sense of style and impressive attention to detail.

In truth, we could go on and on about the similarities and differences between the Buick and GMC brands, but few vehicles are better to illustrate a competitive comparison between the two automakers than the new Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia. Though these three-row SUVs are ostensibly in the same class, they have some key differences between them. Which one is best for your lifestyle? Read on to find out!

Performance: GMC Acadia vs Buick Enclave

When comparing SUVs like the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, the best place to start is under the hood. After all, when you choose a sport utility vehicle, you want it to actually feel sporty to drive around the greater Petoskey and Traverse City areas.

In that regard, the new Buick Enclave does not disappoint. With a 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood, the new Buick Enclave can put out up to 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. That means it has more standard horsepower than the GMC Acadia.

However, while the GMC Acadia may not have as much muscle right out of the gate, don't count it out of the race. It can match the 310 horsepower output of the standard Buick Enclave with the V6 engine that comes available with its GMC Acadia AT4 trim.

Plus, the standard 193-horsepower four-cylinder engine on the GMC Acadia delivers plenty of power for day-to-day driving, and it's exceptional when it comes to efficiency. You see, with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway, the GMC Acadia is more fuel efficient overall than the Buick Enclave, which manages to return up to an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city / 26 mpg highway. That being said, the Buick Enclave can tow up to 5,000 pounds, while the GMC Acadia only tows about 4,000 pounds. The difference is nominal in the grand scheme of things, but if you have larger boat or camper trailer, go with the Buick Enclave.

Interior: GMC Acadia vs Buick Enclave

Both the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia can seat up to seven passengers, making them fantastic for larger families throughout the greater Petoskey area. However, the amenities they offer inside their cabins differ slightly.

For example, while the both offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the GMC Acadia offers wireless compatibility for its infotainment system, while the Buick Enclave defaults to a wired connection.

Overall, the Buick Enclave has the quieter cabin of the two models, owing its serene tranquility to the Buick QuietTuning™ technology integrated into its cabin. For parents of small children, this makes it a breeze to take longer trips on the highway or just lull them off to sleep with a quick trip around the block in the evening.

Want to learn more about the differences between the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia?

If so, we'd invite you to take both for a test drive here at our Fletch's Buick GMC dealership in Petoskey, MI. Reach out to our team if you'd like to reserve a test drive today.

Disclaimer: The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Dealer sets final price.

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