|33.5||Third Row Legroom (inches)||31.9|
|97.6||Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)||85.7|
|5,000||Towing Capacity (lbs)||5,000|
The Buick Enclave and the Volvo XC90 are both midsize crossover options. The Enclave has been around since 2008, and the XC90 debuted in 2003, so both vehicles have roots in the early 2000s. These three-row luxury SUVs are similar in ways but different in others. Their performance levels and technology features overlap, making the 2021 Buick Enclave vs 2021 Volvo XC90 a comparison worth making. However, the Buick Enclave is not only significantly more affordable - it has a few features that set it apart from the Volvo XC90.
Both Buick and Volvo are well-known brands with a reputation for luxury and solid build quality. Buck was founded in 1903, quickly becoming the number one vehicle producer over Ford and Cadillac. Now, over a century later, Buick is known for its luxury SUVs like the Buick Enclave. Buick’s long history with diversity and innovation is a great display of its reliability throughout the years. Volvo, on the other hand, began a bit later in 1927. Originally a Swedish company, Volvo was bought out by Ford in the 1970s before being sold to the Chinese company Geely Automotive in 2008. But how do these histories influence the Buick Enclave and Volvo XC90?
The 2021 Buick Enclave is equipped with many tech features, which focus on entertainment and convenience. Its entertainment features include an 8-inch IntelliLink Infotainment system that connects drivers to 4G WiFi, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. It also features active noise cancellation and benefits from Buick QuietTuning, which reduces noise even further by absorbing vibrations. The highest Enclave trim even comes with Bose speakers. This model’s convenience features are abundant, with remote start, keyless entry, an air ionizer, heated and ventilated massaging front seats, and a hands-free liftgate.
Fancier tech options include a power moonroof, a surround-view camera, system, and a wireless phone charging pad. However, each seating section offers USB chargers as well, so the wireless pad is a luxury add-on, but it’s not necessary. Drivers can even add real-time traffic and weather monitoring to the infotainment system so they can always have the quickest routes to their destinations. Overall, the 2021 Enclave’s tech features provide plenty of fun and comfort for its occupants, no matter where your journeys may take you.
The 2021 Volvo XC90 has a decent array of technology features, most of which are included on the Buick Enclave as well. This model’s entertainment tech features include smartphone connectivity and Bowers and Wilkins speakers, along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB charging ports, a wireless charging pad, navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Like the Enclave, it does offer real-time traffic display as well.
When it comes to convenience features, the 2021 Volvo CX90 offers a sunroof and massaging seats as well, along with a power liftgate, 12-way power heated front seats, remote keyless entry, remote start, and a rear backup camera. Like the Enclave, it offers air filtration, which is a nice modern feature that helps remove pollutants from the vehicle’s cab. These include anything from dust and pollen to bacteria and viruses. Overall, the XC90’s tech features don’t differ much from the Enclave’s, and while that means that this Volvo SUV offers an undeniably comfortable ride, it also fails to justify the vehicle’s much higher price tag. Especially since the XC90 also offers a noticeably more cramped interior than the Buick Enclave, with less legroom in all three rows and over 12% less cargo space.
The new Enclave offers multiple driver-assistance features to enhance safety on the highway. These options include Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane-keeping Assist, and Forward-Collision Alert. With the Blind-spot and Rear Cross Traffic feature, the car will alert drivers when traffic is coming up from behind. Dangers are often missed due to blind spots, but this monitoring system can help drivers negotiate traffic safely. Lane-keeping Assist works to keep the Enclave in the correct lane by sending alerts and even automatically steering the vehicle to keep it from drifting into unwanted territory. Lastly, Forward Collision Alert can read the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, ensuring that you always have plenty of time to stop. Drivers can also subscribe to OnStar if desired.
Further upgraded options include a safety alert seat that provides a physical alert to potential crashes and dangers, Front Pedestrian Braking, a child seat restraint system, child door locks, a tire pressure monitoring system, an emergency roadside toolkit, and a dual-note horn. It is no surprise that the 2021 Buick Enclave has a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Overall, these safety features do not replace attentiveness, but they do help drivers stay focused and present while driving.
Volvo has long been known for safety, and it is no surprise that this model offers several of the same driver-assist features that the Enclave does. These include collision alerts, a surround-vision camera view, lane keeping assist, and blind spot monitoring. In addition to these features, it does come with a low tire pressure warning feature and rear child safety locks, along with airbags and side-impact beams to help prevent damage during a crash. However, this adds up to the same 5-star overall crash test rating score that the Enclave has. Further, it doesn’t include all of the safety features that the Enclave offers.
The 2021 Buick Enclave’s performance level is positive. With its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine, it has 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. It has a modern 9-speed automatic transmission, helping it achieve better fuel economy and providing a more personalized driving experience by monitoring the driving environment. Because of these advancements, it gets up to 26 MPG on the highway. Overall, the Enclave rides smoothly, and it steers precisely, giving it an overall driving experience that lives up to the Buick name. Lastly, it has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs, allowing it to tow light trailers and small campers easily.
Unlike the Buick Enclave, the Volvo XC90 has two different powertrain options - both of which are turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder designs. The standard engine only produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, leaving the XC90 at a substantial performance deficit when compared to the Enclave. Not only is the vehicle overall more sluggish on the highway, but this engine only allows it to tow up to 4,000 lbs.
Alternatively, the XC90 can be equipped with a more powerful 2.0-liter engine that provides 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Volvo has extremely similar performance to the Buick and can even tow the same 5,000 lbs. However, while the base Enclave comes standard with its V6 engine for a bit over $40,000, equipping the XC90 with its more powerful engine option will cost you over $57,000. Again, the high price tag of the 2021 Volvo XC90 seems somewhat excessive for the capabilities that the model actually offers.