Buick Enclave Vs. Acura MDX
Large three-row crossovers give large families the room they need without opting for a minivan or large SUV. Two three-row crossovers, the 2019 Buick Enclave and 2019 Acura MDX give our Savannah, Georgia buyers all the room they need and premium features. Which is better for your family? Find out below.
The 2019 Buick Enclave isn’t quite a luxury crossover, but it’s close with its distinct European design that includes swoopy lines and limited use of hard body lines. While its base model looks like a well-equipped mainstream crossover, it hits near-luxury levels that rival the Acura MDX in its range-topping Avenir trim.
The Acura MDX is a true luxury crossover with a Japanese twist that includes sharp body lines and plenty of sporty accents in its A-Spec model. While this look is sure to attract more stares per hour than the Enclave, some buyers may prefer the more traditional-looking Buick.
Despite its lower base price and sub-luxury status, the 2019 Buick Enclave’s standard exterior features mimic those of the MDX, including its LED lighting, chrome molding, 18-inch wheels, and more.
In terms of size, the 2019 Enclave is significantly larger than the MDX in every key measurable, leaving more room inside for people and cargo.
From its electronic gear-shift lever to its relatively clean dash with widening elements, the 2019 Buick Enclave’s cabin continues its Europe-inspired design. While it may not quite feel like a luxury car in its base model, the higher trims push the sub-luxury/luxury border with tons of high-end features like premium leather, a Bose audio system, navigation, ventilated seats, and more.
The 2019 Acura MDX carries on its luxury ways with all the high-end bits buyers expect in its base trim. Unlike the Enclave, though, the 2019 MDX’s cabin is very Japanese with its dual-screen infotainment system, three-spoke steering wheel, and curvier dash. The A-Spec trim pushes boundaries with its sportier look and feel.
For not quite being a luxury vehicle and starting several thousand dollars less than the 2019 MDX, the 2019 Buick Enclave is surprisingly similar to the Acura in standard features. Other than the MDX’s leather upholstery and eight-speaker audio system, the base Enclave’s standard features mimic those of the far pricier MDX.
In interior roominess, the 2019 Enclave wins in nearly every measurable, making it the more comfortable option for larger families. It also crushes the MDX in cargo room.
Under the 2019 Buick Enclave’s hood is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This routes through a nine-speed automatic transmission and out to the front or all four wheel for a 6.6-second jaunt to 60 mph.
The 2019 MDX uses a 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers get standard front wheel drive or can opt for all-wheel drive. This adds up to a six-second sprint to 60 mph.
An added wrinkle to the MDX lineup is the Sport Hybrid model that pairs a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with an NSX-sourced three-motor electric-drive system for a total of 321 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. This drive system ships power to all four wheels and delivers a 5.7-second 0-to-60 sprint time while turning in a respectable 27 mpg combined.
Pricing and Features
The 2019 Buick Enclave is available in four trims – Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir – and their starting prices range from $41,195 to $54,695.
Who Should Buy the Buick Enclave?
If you’re more interested in value and roominess than a premium badge, the 2019 Buick Enclave is a great option. It not only starts at a lower price than the MDX, but its standard features are nearly the same, and this trend continues through its various trim levels.
Who Should Buy the 2019 Acura MDX?
Does the status of a true luxury car mean something to you? If so, the MDX will scratch that itch. In fact, it is one of the most popular luxury crossovers on the road.
Make the most of your daily commute to Savannah, Georgia in the stylish and value-packed 2019 Buick Enclave. This spacey, decked-out crossover allows you to complete your to-do list around the Beaufort and Okatie areas in short order. Head to our Savannah area Buick showroom today to test drive the 2019 Enclave around town and see what it offers. Can’t make it to Hilton Head Buick GMC Cadillac serving the Beaufort area today? Check out our online inventory page to see what Enclave models we have in stock, choose the one that suits you, and schedule a test drive later.