2021 Buick Enclave vs 2021 Honda Pilot

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  • 2021 Buick Enclave

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    2021 Honda Pilot

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    310Horsepower (hp)280
    266Torque (lb-ft)262
    5,000Max Towing (lbs)5,000

    Marked by superior styling and accentuated with alluring features, there is a midsize SUV that stands out from the crowd. The Buick Enclave has long been the go-to vehicle for those who need the space provided by an SUV with a design that only comes from a Buick, but what about the other options on the road? When it comes to securing a thrilling ride, the Honda Pilot emanates a boldness that you can't find in many other vehicles, proving that when you want more out of your ride, it's ready to deliver. So, when it comes to the 2021 Buick Enclave vs 2021 Honda Pilot, which SUV will outperform the other? As we take a closer look at all the outstanding interior features, technology options, and overall performance and capabilities available in these two incredible vehicles, you'll soon find that you're about to experience a better ride in one vehicle over the other.

  • Interior

    A close up shows the shifter and leather center console in a 2021 Buick Enclave Avenir.

    Design has always resided at the top of the list for car shoppers everywhere. Not only are you looking for a dependable ride to take you where you need to go no matter what, it always helps to arrive in style. That's where an SUV really shines, especially with the upscale features found throughout and, of course, all the space you need to handle more. Let's dive into what makes the 2021 Buick Enclave and the 2021 Honda Pilot so exceptional.

    Classic Style

    There really isn't anything quite like a Buick. Its extreme confidence, air of refinement, and the superior aura that surrounds it just scream luxury, which is exactly what you'll find within its spacious interior. Leather-appointed seating, ventilated and massaging front seats, and wood accents throughout provide the Enclave with an elevated style that no other SUV can compete with, making it top of the class when it comes to design. With a varied selection of trims, including its ultra-luxurious Avenir, which adds in an exquisite power moonroof and skylight, you'll be able to select an Enclave to make any journey more exciting and, not to mention, more comfortable.

    You'll find a very different style in the 2021 Honda Pilot. Although this SUV is a bit less luxurious than the Enclave, you're still able to get cozy inside. Captain's chairs, in addition to more premium appointments, can be found in higher-level trims; however, its base model is mediocre at best. In order to get the level of refinement that you're able to experience in the Enclave, you'll need to upgrade to a more expensive model, and even then, it's hard to come close to the sophistication found in a Buick.

    Functionality & Flexibility

    When you own an SUV, chances are you bought one because you needed to be able to accommodate more in your day, and space is a huge selling factor here. You'll be happy to know that in the Buick Enclave, you'll get to enjoy a roomy and pleasant ride with multiple ways to store your items, like Smart Slide seating, 60/40 split-folding third-row seats, and up to 97.6 cu.ft. of cargo volume. The Honda Pilot shines a bit more brightly here, offering up an exceptionally functional ride with loads of storage throughout, configurable seating, as well as up to 109 cu.ft. of cargo space available. You'll also find that the Pilot is ideal for families with its spacious interior and loads of ways to accommodate everything from book bags to hockey gear. However, if you're looking to transport adult passengers, keep them out of the third row, as this area tends to become a bit cramped.

    Interior Excellence

    There really is no competition when a Buick is involved. You simply can't match the level of lavishness that resides within, in addition to its nice variety of storage solutions throughout. The Honda Pilot misses the mark here with its cheap-looking interior components and lack of third-row room. Although it can technically hold more than the Enclave, you're sacrificing third-row space in order to accomplish this. In the end, the Buick Enclave is far more advanced when it comes to interior features and design, making it our top pick among these two midsize opponents.

  • Technology

    A close up shows the illuminated blind spot monitoring icon on the mirror of a 2021 Buick Enclave.

    From hauling the family everywhere they need to go to setting off on your daily commute, it helps to have the right tech by your side to keep you focused and engaged on the road ahead. Everything from entertaining your passengers to maintaining absolute safety behind the wheel can be benefited from superior-tech features. When you're looking at the 2021 Buick Enclave and the 2021 Honda Pilot, you'll find that you're in for a connected ride, but one provides you with even more.

    Ultimate Connection

    Staying connected is the name of the game these days, and when you're riding in the 2021 Buick Enclave, you can rest assured that your needs are handled. Through the Buick Infotainment System, you're able to stay connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you instant access to your contacts, navigation, reminders, and more. With features like an available 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot, SiriusXM with 360L, and other connected services, keeping all your passengers engaged is effortless. You'll find all this located in the Enclave's neatly designed 8-inch touchscreen, helping you to maximize your travels, whether your destination is near or far.

    We wish we could say that the 2021 Pilot offered up the same incredible experience, but that wouldn't be true. Unfortunately, the Pilot's infotainment system is lackluster at best, providing drivers with a less than desirable experience through its standard 5-inch or available 8-inch touchscreen. If you want a seamless experience with loads of options for you and your passengers, we advise you to look elsewhere.

    Prioritized Safety

    In addition to innovative infotainment systems, there's also safety and driver assist tech to look into, and both the Enclave and the Pilot have plenty of it. The 2021 Enclave showcases a fine lineup of standard and available safety and driver assist features to help make any journey safer, including Lane Change Alert and Emergency Braking to reduce the risk of accidents. Earning five stars from the NHTSA, the Buick Enclave is not only a beautiful and reliable vehicle to own, it's safe as well, making it a showstopper in the world of midsize SUVs. The 2021 Pilot also includes its share of safety options, designed to make your ride more controlled, and it too has earned a five-star rating from the NHTSA. When it comes to safety, both options offer exactly what you need to stay as secure as possible on the road ahead.

    Tech Superstar

    We can't get over the lack of excitement in the Honda Pilot's infotainment system, which makes this decision quite easy. When you want an easy-to-use infotainment system combined with five-star safety features, the Buick Enclave is a winner. There's more to your journey than the drive, and it helps to stay connected, protected, and entertained, and being able to do so easily is where the Enclave shines.

  • Performance

    A dark blue 2021 Buick Enclave is shown exiting a corner after winning the competition of the 2021 Buick Enclave vs 2021 Honda Pilot.

    When you're shopping for your next SUV, performance may play a large role in your choice. Not only do you want a vehicle that is dependable, you're also looking for one with capabilities that you can't find in a standard sedan. Explore how the 2021 Buick Enclave and the 2021 Honda Pilot stack up against each other when it comes to overall performance.

    Capabilities & Efficiency

    The 2021 Buick Enclave is loaded up with a 3.6L V6 engine, which provides it with 310 horsepower. Quick and nimble, the Enclave also showcases a competence that can't be beat through its available trailering package, which allows it to tow up to 5,000 lbs. This stunner also offers fairly standard fuel efficiency for its class, getting up to 18 MPG in the city and an impressive 26 MPG on the highway. Not only will you get to enjoy a refined, responsive ride, you'll be able to maximize your journey with an efficiency and power that is hard to compete with.

    The 2021 Honda Pilot offers up a fun, controlled ride with all-wheel drive available, just like the Enclave, and a nice efficiency as well. Getting up to 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway, it's fair to say that the Pilot doesn't disappoint us here. Where it does disappoint some drivers, however, is with its steering and maneuverability, as some drivers report that it feels slightly cumbersome going around twists and turns.

    Top Performer

    Both vehicles showcase competent engines, all-wheel drive capabilities, as well as satisfying fuel efficiency ratings; however, one outshines the other here. The smooth responsiveness you feel when riding in the Buick Enclave is simply unbeatable. And with reports of the Pilot's bulky feeling around turns, it just makes the Enclave that much more appealing.

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