Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Dodge Durango VS 2016 Buick Enclave Near Duluth, GA

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2016 Dodge Durango

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2016 Dodge Durango

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2016 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Enclave doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Durango R/T/Citadel offers optional Forward Collision Warning with Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Enclave offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Both the Durango and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Durango

Enclave

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

24%

34%

Neck Stress

85 lbs.

188 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Durango

Enclave

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

52

Hip Force

220 lbs.

318 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

266 lbs.

704 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

129

285

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

666 lbs.

677 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Durango has a standard 850-amp battery. The Enclave only offers a 730-amp battery.

Engine Comparison

The Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (295 vs. 288) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Durango’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 72 more horsepower (360 vs. 288) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Durango gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave:

Durango

Enclave

2WD

V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Enclave doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Enclave (24.6 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Durango’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Enclave:

Durango V6

Durango V8

Enclave

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

The Durango stops shorter than the Enclave:

Durango

Enclave

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Enclave (265/60R18 vs. 255/60R19).

The Durango’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Enclave, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Durango has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Enclave doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Durango R/T handles at .79 G’s, while the Enclave AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Durango R/T executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Enclave AWD (27.9 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Durango’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Durango has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8.1 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the Durango to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Durango has .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Durango’s cargo area is larger than the Enclave’s in almost every dimension:

Durango

Enclave

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20”/50”/83”

19.7”/49.3”/82.3”

Max Width

49”

47.7”

Min Width

42.5”

47.7”

Height

36”

34.7”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Enclave does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Durango’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Enclave’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the Durango’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Enclave can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Durango 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 Durango’s standard speed-sensitive 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. The Durango’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Enclave only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Durango (except SXT) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Enclave doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Durango and the Enclave offer optional heated front seats. The Durango Limited/Citadel/R/T also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Enclave.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Durango’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Enclave doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Durango R/T/Citadel offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Enclave doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Durango owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Durango with a number “8” insurance rate while the Enclave is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Durango will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Durango will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Enclave.

Durango

Enclave

Five Year

34% to 36%

33%

Three Year

49% to 53%

47%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Enclave, including $218 less for a water pump, $77 less for an alternator, $69 less for front brake pads, $188 less for fuel injection, $16 less for front struts, $541 less for a timing belt/chain and $1122 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $2567 to $4960 less than for the Buick Enclave.

Recommendations Comparison

The Dodge Durango has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Durango

Enclave

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Kiplinger’s Award

TRUE

FALSE

 The Durango is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Enclave is not ranked.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Buick Enclave by 2098 units during 2014.

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