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.


Measurement 2019 Buick Enclave 2019 Acura MDX Difference
Length 204.3 inches 196.2 inches +8.1 inches
Width 78.8 inches 77.7 inches +1.1 inches
Height 69.9 inches 67.4 inches +2.5 inches
Wheelbase 120.9 inches 111 inches +9.9 inches
Ground Clearance
7.3 inches
Curb weight 4,359 to 4,685 pounds 4,032 to 4,486 pounds +199 to +327


Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • MDX-matching standard exterior features
  • European styling
  • Classy design

4Advantage: 2019 Acura MDX

  • More striking exterior design
  • Sporty-looking A-Spec
  • Smaller footprint makes it easier to handle


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.


Measurement 2019 Buick Enclave 2019 Acura MDX Difference
Front headroom 42.6 inches 38.1 inches +4.5 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 41.4 inches -0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 62.4 inches 61.1 inches +1.3 inches
Front hip room 59.1 inches 57.5 inches +1.6 inches
Second-row headroom 39.9 inches 38.3 inches +1.6 inches
Second-row legroom 38.9 inches 36.6 inches +2.3 inches
Second-row shoulder room 61.7 inches 59.1 inches +2.6 inches
Second-row hip room 57.7 inches 57.8 inches -0.1 inches
Third-row headroom 37.6 inches 35.6 inches +2 inches
Third-row legroom 33.5 inches 28.1 inches +5.4 inches
Third-row shoulder room 57.3 inches 54.7 inches +2.6 inches
Third-row hip room 48.5 inches 40.6 inches +7.9 inches
Cargo room (behind third row) 23.6 cubic feet 15 cubic feet +8.6 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second row) 58 cubic feet 38.4 cubic feet +19.6 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 97.6 cubic feet 68.4 cubic feet +29.2 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Roomier cabin
  • More cargo room
  • Clean interior design

Advantage: 2019 Acura MDX

  • More dramatic cabin design
  • Sporty A-Spec looks
  • More standard features


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.


2019 Buick Enclave 2019 Acura MDX Difference
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,800 rpm 290 hp at 6,200 rpm +20 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm 267 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm -1 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic 9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.) FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.6 seconds 6 seconds +0.6 seconds
Towing capacity 1,500 to 5,000 pounds 3,500 to 5,000 pounds -2,000 to +0 pounds
MPG City 17 to 18 mpg 19 to 20 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Highway 25 to 26 mpg 25 to 27 mpg -2 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 21 mpg 21 to 23 mpg -3 to +0 mpg
Optional engine
3.0-liter V-6
257 hp at 6,300 rpm
218 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm
Electric motors One front and two rear electric motors
Electric horsepower
47 hp (front)

36 hp + 36 hp (rear)

Electric torque 109 lb-ft (front)

54 lb-ft + 54 lb-ft (rear)

Total horsepower
321 hp -11 hp
Total torque
289 lb-ft -23 lb-ft
7-spd dual-clutch
0-60 time
5.7 seconds +0.9 seconds
Towing capacity
Not recommended
MPG City
26 mpg -9 to -8 mpg
MPG Highway
27 mpg -2 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined
27 mpg -7 to -6 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • More powerful V-6 engine
  • Soft ride

Advantage: 2019 Acura MDX

  • Higher base towing
  • Optional Sport Hybrid model
  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Great handling

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.


There are four trim levels that make up the 2019 Acura MDX lineup: Standard, W/ Technology Package, W/ A-Spec Package, and W/ Advance Package. Their starting prices range from $44,300 to $56,050.

2019 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Preferred: $41,195

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips
  • Premium suspension
  • Electric power steering
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strips
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Hands-free power liftgate with LED projected logo
  • Heated, power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Chrome bodyside molding
  • Rocker panel molding
  • Roof rack side rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Upper and lower grille shutters
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Cloth seating
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Buick Connected Access capable
  • Buick Infotainment System
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Six USB ports (two in each row)
  • SiriusXM
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Universal home remote
  • Sill plates
  • Cruise control
  • Compass
  • Power door locks
  • Three-row floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • OnStar
  • Power windows with one-touch up and down front windows
  • Triple door seals
  • Rear climate controls
  • Covered cargo area
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Remote panic alarm


Essence: $43,195

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • Perforated leather seats
  • In-vehicle air ionizer
  • Blind-zone monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert


Premium: $49,295

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Memory for driver’s seat and outside mirrors
  • Bose 10-speaker audio system
  • HD Radio
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power-folding third row
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Following-distance indicator
  • Automatic high-beam headlights


Avenir: $54,695

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 20-inch pearl nickel-finish aluminum wheels
  • Unique upper and lower grilles
  • “Avenir” badging
  • Unique Chestnut/Ebony or Ebony interior color including seat stitching and piping
  • Avenir embroidered headrests and floor mats
  • Bold script sill plates all four doors
  • Premium film decor accents
  • Wood-accented steering wheel
  • Navigation
  • 8-inch driver-information center
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Dual power moonroof with rear skylight
  • Rear-camera mirror
  • 360-degree camera

2019 Acura MDX Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $44,300

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Idle stop
  • Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes
  • Agile Handling Assist
  • Electric power steering
  • 18-inch gray metallic machine-finished wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Heated, power mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Acoustic windshield and front-side glass
  • Sport seats with premium leather upholstery
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Four-way manual second-row seats
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Smart-slide second row seats for easy third-row access
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless access and ignition
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Active sound control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Eight-speaker Acura premium sound system
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • One USB audio interface
  • Two USB charging ports
  • Two second-row USB charge ports
  • CD player
  • Pandora radio
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SMS text messaging
  • 8-inch color display
  • On Demand Multi-Use Display 2.0
  • AcuraLink
  • Color multi-information display
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Hill-start assist
  • Theft-deterrent system


W/ Technology Package: $49,300

  • All Standard features, plus
  • 20-inch shark gray twisted machine-finish wheels
  • Smart entry on rear doors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • LED puddle lights
  • Remote engine start
  • Power-folding side-view mirrors
  • Perforated leather interior with contrast stitching
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Natural wood trim
  • 10-speaker Acura/ELS premium audio system
  • Song By Voice
  • HD Radio
  • Acura Navigation with 3D view
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic
  • Traffic ReRouting
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitor
  • Front and rear parking sensors


W/ A-Spec Package: $54,800

  • All W/ Technology Package features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • 20-inch five-spoke shark gray wheels
  • Dark-chrome headlight bezels
  • Accent lighting
  • LED fog lights
  • Exclusive dual-outlet exhaust tips
  • Exclusive bumpers
  • Gloss-black and dark-chrome trim
  • A-Spec seats
  • Premium leather and Alcantara interior with contrast stitching and piping
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • A-Spec steering wheel
  • Metallic pattern and metal trim
  • Red-on-silver gauges
  • Ebony headliner
  • Stainless-steel sport pedals


W/ Advance Package: $56,050

  • All W/ Technology Package features, plus
  • Active damper system
  • 20-inch shark gray machine-finished five-spoke wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Body-color lower trim
  • Roof rails
  • Perforated Milano premium leather upholstery with contrast stitching and piping
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Six-passenger capacity
  • 40/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • Manual second-row sunshades
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Two third-row USB charge ports
  • 360-degree camera
  • Head-up display

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.

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