Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2019 Buick Enclave Near Warner Robins, GA

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder

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2019 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The Pathfinder offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Enclave doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Enclave has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Pathfinder’s reliability 20 points higher than the Enclave.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

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/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Enclave:

 

Pathfinder

Enclave

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder SL 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Pathfinder is 5.8 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more third row headroom 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.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Pathfinder. The Enclave doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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.

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.

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 $174 less for a water pump, $91 less for front brake pads and $571 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Buick Enclave by 67% during 2017.

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