Comparison – Chevrolet Traverse vs. Buick Enclave

» Posted on Jan 7, 2013

SUVs are definitely the vogue these days when it comes to moderately sized vehicle that has improved seating capacity, enhanced cargo space, off-roading capability, good looks, sturdy built and is fuel efficient. While trying to put so many beneficial features into a vehicle, you can expect these luxury vehicles to be a bit pricey; however these babies are built to last. Most of these are all-wheel drives with a V-6 engine with a slight variation from one manufacturer to the other. Among the SUVs, the midsize, also known as the compact SUVs, are some of the bestselling vehicles these days. Two of these, from the well-known automobile manufacturers, are the 2013 Buick Enclave and the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse according to BestSmallSUVHelp.com. Read further below for an elaborate comparison of the two.

When it comes to comfort and seating capacity, surprisingly, both the SUVs have the same amount of space to offer. The rear passenger seats of the two vehicles have almost the same legroom and head room. In fact the front seat comfort and the storage space at the back are also quite comparable between the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse.

When one compares them from the outside, it can grossly be estimated that both of them require the same amount of parking space or garage area. With minute differences not noticeable to the naked eye, the dimensions seem to be the same, which means that the width and the length of both of these cars are also comparable. The style of their designs are clean and attractive, but which you prefer depends on your personal taste.

Both of these cars are manufactured in a way that they have a user friendly interior with elegant body styling on the outside. The Buick Enclave has a bit more of luxurious features inside; whereas the Chevrolet Traverse offers the driver a controlled and comfortable ride. One of the biggest advantages of buying latest crossover SUVs is that you don’t have to spend much on transmission maintenance and/or repair. With a sturdy and quality transmission system, you can expect its components to last for a very long time. That said, it’s always a good idea to get your transmission fluid replaced or flushed on at least a semi-regular basis according to this guide.

If you look at each of these midsize SUVs separately, both of them have some splendid features to offer. Let’s look at some of the highlighting specs of Buick Enclave and then compare them with that of Chevrolet Traverse.

2013 Buick Enclave

Buick Enclave Specs

  • Buick’s midsize SUV is available in both seven and eight passenger seating configuration which makes it of great utility. It also has eight-way power seats. With a single handle, you can shift the alignment of the second-row seats. The fore and aft movement of this row provides easy access to the back row of seats, while still giving you 3 feet of legroom. If you’re specifically looking tocompare 7 passenger vehicles, check out 7passengervehicleszone.com.
  • The Enclave has a six-speed automatic transmission. You will notice smooth shifts in gears as the vehicle picks up speed.
  • Side airbags along with front airbags, traction and stability control and satellite radio.
  • The Buick Enclave has almost 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space at the end because of the elevated positioning of all three rows. And if you are not having company, and you fold down the two back rows then you get an impressive cargo space measuring around 115.2 feet.
  • Gives 17 mpg within city and 24 on highway

2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse Specs

  • The Chevrolet Traverse also has optional third row seating. For more SUVs that offer this, check out this comprehensive site, SUVsWith3rdRowSeatingHelp.
  • 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Side/curtain airbags along with front airbags
  • Stability and traction control
  • Satellite radio
  • Gives 17 mpg within city and 24 on highway
  • Massive cargo space with adult friendly third row seating.

As it is visible, both these midsize SUVs resemble each other in specs and features greatly.