Buick Enclave Vs. GMC Acadia

By | May 14th, 2019

Three-row crossovers come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of luxury. Distant cousins, the 2019 Buick Enclave and the 2019 GMC Acadia, offer three rows and V-6 power, but they differ in standard luxury. Which one will better suit our Saginaw area buyers? Find out below.


The Buick Enclave went through a big redesign in 2018, which brought in a new look that is more European than most. This look gives it a more luxurious appearance without a luxury crossover price. As you move through the trim levels, especially in the Avenir trim, the Enclave gets more luxurious.

The GMC Acadia went through its last redesign in 2017, and in 2019, it is pretty much the same. Unlike its Buick cousin, the 2019 GMC Acadia boasts a more rugged look with sharp shoulders, flat nose, and upright rear hatch. Buyers can further rugged up the 2019 Acadia with its available All Terrain package that includes black roof rails, 18-inch aluminum wheel, hill-decent control, active twin-clutch all-wheel.

In terms of size, the 2019 Buick Enclave is larger in every key measurable, especially length.


Measurement 2019 Buick Enclave 2019 GMC Acadia Difference
Length 204.3 inches 193.6 inches +10.7 inches
Width 78.8 inches 75.4 inches +3.4 inches
Height 69.9 inches 66 inches +3.9 inches
Wheelbase 120.9 inches 112.5 inches +8.4 inches
Ground Clearance
7.2 inches
Curb weight 4,359 to 4,685 pounds 3,956 pounds +403 pounds (base)


Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Swoopy, European design
  • Loaded-up Avenir trim

Advantage: 2019 GMC Acadia

  • More SUV-like looks
  • Rugged All Terrain model
  • Smaller and easier to pilot


Inside, the 2019 Buick Enclave boasts a sleek and luxurious look with its thin and swoopy dashboard, creative use of shapes and angles, premium trim, and an electronic gear selector. While it isn’t quite on the level of true luxury cars, the Enclave’s cabin gets dang close, and buyers can maximize this in the Avenir trim that includes premium leather upholstery, tons of real wood trim, elegant color schemes, and more. And with its quiet-tuning features, like triple-sealed doors, active noise cancelation, and acoustic glass, the Enclave’s cabin is whisper-quiet.

The 2019 GMC Acadia takes on a more traditional approach to the modern crossover with its delicate balance of truck and sedan. It boasts an upright dash like a pickup combined with the smaller HVAC controls found in sedans and small crossovers. This gives buyers who aren’t quite committed to a crossover the chance to have a nice combination of a crossover and SUV.   

Measurement 2019 Buick Enclave 2019 GMC Acadia Difference
Front headroom 41.2 to 42.6 inches 40.3 inches +0.9 to +2.3 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 41 inches +0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 62.4 inches 59.4 inches +3 inches
Front hip room 59.1 inches 55.7 inches +3.4 inches
Second-row headroom 39.9 inches 39.6 inches +0.3 inches
Second-row legroom 38.9 inches 39.7 inches -0.8 inches
Second-row shoulder room 61.7 inches 58.7 inches +3 inches
Second-row hip room 57.7 inches 53.3 inches +4.4 inches
Third-row headroom 37.6 inches 37.2 inches +0.4 inches
Third-row legroom 33.5 inches 31.1 inches +2.4 inches
Third-row shoulder room 57.3 inches 54.3 inches +3 inches
Third-row hip room 48.5 inches 42.9 inches +5.6 inches
Cargo room (behind third row) 23.6 cubic feet 12.8 cubic feet +10.8 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second row) 58 cubic feet 41.7 cubic feet +16.3 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 97.6 cubic feet 79 cubic feet +18.6 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Buick Exclave

  • Super-quiet cabin
  • More premium cabin and luxurious Avenir trim
  • Tons more cargo room

Advantage: 2019 GMC Acadia

  • More SUV-like cabin
  • Extra second-row legroom


Being a more premium crossover, the 2019 Buick Enclave boasts a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers 310 horsepower and a 6.6-second 0-to-60 time. Helping smooth things out is a slick nine-speed automatic transmission and a premium suspension tuned for comfort.

The 2019 GMC Acadia is for the masses, so it starts with a simpler 193-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, buyers can get the same 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 as the Enclave, but you will need to opt for the SLE-2 trim and shell out an extra $1,095 for a total of $36,295. This puts you within $5,000 of the Enclave.

Both crossovers are available with front- or all-wheel drive, but the GMC Acadia shows its off-road prowess with the available twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system that is available only in the All Terrain model.


2019 Buick Enclave 2019 GMC Acadia Difference
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,800 rpm 193 hp at 5,000 rpm +117 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm 188 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm +78 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.6 seconds
Towing Capacity 5,000 pounds 1,000 pounds +4,000 pounds
MPG City 17 to 18 mpg 21 mpg -4 to -3 mpg
MPG Highway 25 to 26 mpg 25 to 26 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 21 mpg 22 to 23 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
Optional engine
3.6-liter V-6
310 hp at 6,600 rpm
271 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm -5 lb-ft
6-spd automatic
FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time
6.1 seconds +0.5 seconds
Towing Capacity
4,000 pounds +1,000 pounds
MPG City
17 to 18 mpg
MPG Highway
25 mpg 1 to 0 mpg
MPG Combined
20 to 21 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • More standard power
  • Higher towing capacity
  • Smooth and quiet ride

Advantage: 2019 GMC Acadia

  • V-6 power for cheaper
  • Quicker to 60 mph

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Buick Enclave has four available trim levels — Preferred, Essence, Premier, and Avenir — and their starting prices range from $41,195 to $54,695.


Six trim levels comprise the 2019 GMC Arcadia lineup: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2, and Denali. Their respective starting prices range from $30,195 to $46,695.

2019 Buick Exclave Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Preferred: $41,195

  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Electric parking brake
  • Premium-ride suspension
  • Electric power steering
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Dual-outlet stainless steel exhaust
  • Automatic-on/off LED headlights
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strips
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Hands-free power liftgate with LED projection logo
  • Heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Chrome body-side molding
  • Rocker-panel moldings
  • Bright roof-rack side rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Cloth seating
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row seat
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Buick Connected Access capable
  • Buick Infotainment System
  • 8-inch color touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Six USB ports (two in each row)
  • Universal home remote
  • Compass
  • Power door locks
  • Floor mats in all three rows
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless access and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Rear climate control
  • Remote ignition
  • Door-sill plates
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • OnStar
  • Power windows with express up/down on driver’s window
  • Triple door seals
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera


Essence: $43,195

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


Premium: $49,295

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, outside mirrors, and steering column
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer
  • HD radio
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Power-folding third-row seats
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Forward collision alert
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Following distance indicator
  • Automatic high-beam headlights


Avenir: $54,695

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish
  • Unique upper and lower front grilles
  • Unique door badges
  • Chestnut-and-ebony or ebony interior color scheme
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • Avenir-embroidered headrests and floor mats
  • Bold script sill plates on all four doors
  • Real wood accents on the steering wheel
  • Navigation
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Power dual moonroof with fixed rear skylight
  • 8-inch driver information center
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear camera mirror

2019 GMC Acadia Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SL: $30,195

  • 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • 17-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Halogen projector-beam headlights
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Active grille shutters
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver-information center
  • Four-way manual driver’s seat
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • GMC Infotainment System
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Digital compass
  • Cruise control
  • Carpeted front floor
  • GMC Connected Access capable
  • Keyless open and start
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • OnStar
  • Power windows with express-down front windows
  • Rear climate controls
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver


SLE-1: $33,995

  • All SL features, plus
  • C-shaped LED lighting
  • First- and second-row floor mats
  • SiriusXM radio


SLE-2: $36,395

  • All SLE-1 features, plus
  • Sport and Snow drive modes
  • 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with light accents
  • Fog lights
  • Power liftgate
  • Silver roof-rack side rails
  • Six-passenger seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Remote ignition


SLT-1: $39,195

  • All SLE-2 features, plus
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information display
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Bose premium eight-speaker audio system
  • Universal home remote
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park sensors


SLT-2: $43,095

  • All SLT-1 features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • 20-inch bright aluminum wheels with light accents
  • Dual-outlet exhaust
  • Heavy-duty cooling system
  • Class III trailer hitch
  • Seven-pin trailer wiring harness
  • Hitch Guidance with Hitchview
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • Memory for driver’s seat and outside mirrors
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Following distance indicator
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Safety alert rear seats


Denali: $46,695

  • All SLT-2 features, plus
  • 20-inch bright aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver accents
  • Bright roof rack side rails
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • HID projector headlights
  • Signature Denali grille
  • Navigation
  • 8-inch driver-information center
  • Automatic heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Denali-specific steering wheel
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Carpeted third-row floor mat

Who Should Buy the 2019 Buick Enclave?

Want a luxurious ride without a luxury price? The 2019 Buick Enclave offers that with its quiet tuning technology and premium suspension. Plus, moving into its Avenir trim nips the heels of luxury brands like Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti.

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Acadia?

Tired of all those weak-looking crossovers polluting the parking lots? The GMC Acadia drives like a crossover but has an upright body like an SUV and even a more off-road-friendly package, giving you a delicate balance of the two.


Ready to take on the streets of Saginaw in class? Head down to Garber Buick today to test drive the 2019 Buick Enclave and see what it offers you. Can’t make it to outs Buick showroom serving the Midland and Bay City areas today? Swing by our online inventory page today to see that 2019 Buick Enclave models we have in stock in Saginaw. Once you pick the Enclave that suits your needs, you can schedule a test drive at your convenience.