2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Enclave
2016 Ford Explorer 2016 Buick Enclave
$31,050 Starting MSRP $39,065
365 hp Top Horsepower 288 hp
19/28 mpg Top Mileage (city/highway) 17/24 mpg
Available (all trims) Four-Wheel Drive Available (Leather and Premium)

2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Enclave

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When a family requires serious power, hauling, and lots of passenger space besides, a large crossover SUV is an excellent choice. These vehicles combine car-like handling with the power and capability of an SUV, and look more impressive than a minivan. When comparing the 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Enclave, both of these vehicles offer impressive space, power and features. The 2016 Ford Explorer has available seating for seven passengers, while the 2016 Buick Enclave can accommodate up to eight.

But if sheer passenger space isn't a family's main criteria, the 2016 Ford Explorer has a lot of advantages. This SUV offers more engine options than its rival, which means that car buyers may choose between the standard 3.5-liter V6 (which, at 290 horsepower, pulls slightly ahead of the single engine option on the Enclave), an extremely powerful 365-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, or the extremely fuel-efficient 270-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This last turbo engine can deliver up to 19 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. In contrast the 2016 Buick Enclave comes with a single engine: a 3.6-liter V6 rated for 288 horsepower. Both of these vehicles are available with all-wheel or four-wheel drive systems.

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Towing can also be important for a large family vehicle, and this is another instance where the practicality and power of the Explorer can pay off. When properly equipped, either of the V6 engine options on the 2016 Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The maximum tow capacity on the 2016 Buick Enclave tops out at 4,500 pounds.

Price is also worth mentioning in a 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Enclave comparison. The Enclave is advertised as a near-luxury vehicle at a less-than-luxury price. Yet, that still means that the base Convenience trim on the 2016 Buick Enclave starts at more than $8,000 more than the Base Explorer trim. And for all of that, the Explorer comes stand with some features like an extra 12-volt DC power outlet, two front row LCD information screens, and LED lighting, that are not available on the base Enclave. For more information on the 2016 Ford Explorer near Atlanta GA and this 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Enclave comparison, contact our Akins Ford sales team at (866) 625-1965.

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