Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2016 Buick Enclave Near Atlanta, GA

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2016 Nissan Pathfinder

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2016 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Pathfinder 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Enclave doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Pathfinder (except S/SV) offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Enclave only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Pathfinder and the Enclave 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Pathfinder

Enclave

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

248

277

Neck Injury Risk

33%

34%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

51 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Pathfinder

Enclave

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

129 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

110

Hip Force

557 lbs.

704 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

661 lbs.

677 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Pathfinder as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Enclave is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Pathfinder’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Enclave’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave:

Pathfinder

Enclave

2WD

Auto

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

4WD

Auto

19 city/26 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops shorter than the Enclave:

Pathfinder

Enclave

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pathfinder has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Enclave doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Pathfinder flat and controlled during cornering. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Pathfinder is 4.7 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan Pathfinder amounts to more than styling. The Pathfinder has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is lower than the Enclave (.358). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Pathfinder get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Enclave (157.8 vs. 151.1).

The Pathfinder has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 4.9 inches more rear legroom than the Enclave.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The Enclave’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Enclave doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Enclave’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left down on the Pathfinder the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Enclave can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Pathfinder has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Pathfinder has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Enclave only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Pathfinder and the Enclave offer available heated front seats. The Pathfinder SL/Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Enclave.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Pathfinder’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Enclave doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Pathfinder will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Pathfinder will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Enclave.

Pathfinder

Enclave

Five Year

36% to 39%

33%

Three Year

50% to 55%

47%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Enclave, including $31 less for an alternator, $111 less for front brake pads, $139 less for a fuel pump, $327 less for a timing belt/chain and $780 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Pathfinder will be $3293 to $6825 less than for the Buick Enclave.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Buick Enclave didn't win any award.

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Buick Enclave by 29% during the 2015 model year.

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