Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2017 Buick Enclave Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2017 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The Pathfinder Platinum has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Enclave offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 SL/Platinum has a standard 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, 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, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pathfinder the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 107 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Enclave has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pathfinder

Enclave

 

2WD

3.5 V6/CVT

20 city/27 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/CVT

19 city/26 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Enclave:

 

Pathfinder

Enclave

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

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 250 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

The Pathfinder is 3.4 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 .326 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Enclave (.358) and many sports cars. 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.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder SL/Platinum’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Enclave doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 Push Button Ignition standard on the Pathfinder allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s Intelligent Key will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). 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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Pathfinder Platinum has a standard Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Enclave doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Enclave, including $22 less for an alternator, $111 less for front brake pads, $139 less for a fuel pump, $296 less for a timing belt/chain and $780 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Buick Enclave by 40% during the 2016 model year.

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