2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Buick Enclave

Car shoppers considering an SUV are looking for a vehicle that offers ample power and practical towing and hauling ratings. Modern SUV models are able to deliver both of these while providing luxury-oriented comfort and technology features. Looking at the 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2017 Buick Enclave compares two SUV models that deliver ample performance while also pushing the limits of luxury.

The 2017 Ford Explorer is able to match the Buick Enclave’s reputation for quality and comfort. 2017 Explorer models can be equipped with all of the best comfort and technology features Ford has to offer. Standard and available equipment includes automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, LED foglights, rear climate controls, SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary connectivity, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, chrome trim, a 110-volt household-style power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.

The new Explorer can also be equipped with a long list of safety features that include a rearview camera, forward collision warnings with brake priming, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings with lane-keeping assist and blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts.

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2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Buick Enclave
3.5-liter V-6 Base Engine 3.6-liter V-6
3 Engine Options 1
365 Max Horsepower 288
19 city/27 hwy mpg Fuel Economy 15 city/22 hwy mpg

2017 Ford Explorer Engine Options and Performance

The power sources of the two vehicles start out in similar places. Both SUV’s come equipped with standard V-6 engines that deliver similar performance numbers, with the Ford engine taking a slight edge. Explorer models come equipped with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower. The Enclave includes a 3.6-liter V-6 that offers 288 horsepower. This is the only engine offered on the Buick.

In addition to base engine, two other engine options are offered on the Explorer that helps maximize fuel economy and performance. The best fuel economy ratings earned by the Explorer come via an EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine offers 280-horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while earning 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highways.

The Explorer’s best power numbers come via the final engine offered, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. This engine maxes out the SUV’s horsepower rating at 365. When equipped with the either V-6 engine, the Explorer offers a maximum towing rating of 5,000 pounds. The Enclave’s maximum towing rating checks in at 4,500 pounds.

2017 Ford Explorer steering wheel
2017 Ford Explorer front
2017 Ford Explorer interior
2017 Ford Explorer side and back