Both the Enclave and the Traverse 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 and available all-wheel drive.
The Enclave comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Traverse’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Enclave 1 year longer than Chevrolet covers the Traverse. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Traverse ends after only 5 years.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Enclave has a standard 730-amp battery. The Traverse’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Enclave second among midsize CUVS in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Traverse isn’t in the top three.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 12th.
The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (288 vs. 281) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 266) than the Traverse LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
The Enclave stops shorter than the Traverse:
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Traverse (255/60R19 vs. 245/70R17).
The Enclave’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Enclave has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.
For greater off-road capability the Enclave has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Traverse (7.6 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Enclave to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Enclave has .1 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Traverse.
The Enclave’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Traverse’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Traverse LTZ’s passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Enclave offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Traverse doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Enclave’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Traverse LT/LTZ.
The Enclave has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Traverse and isn’t available on the Traverse LS.
The Enclave’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Traverse LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
The Enclave will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Enclave will retain 44.48% of its original price after five years, while the Traverse only retains 41.68% to 42.43%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because typical repairs cost less on the Enclave than the Traverse, including $64 less for front struts.
Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Buick Enclave as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Enclave second among midsize CUVS in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Traverse isn’t in the top three.