2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2011 Chevrolet
Equinox LT

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

9.9

starting from

$41,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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Good cargo space
115.0 ft3
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Average power
288 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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More passenger seats
8
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Average 0-60 time
7.9 seconds
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT

9.4

starting from

$24,970

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Equinox LT

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
32 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
602 miles
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Very inexpensive
$24,970
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Room for 3 more people, 8 vs 5
  • Room for more than 80% more stuff, 115.0 ft3 vs 63.7 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 59.9 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Almost the same
  • The Enclave CXL has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Around 60% more powerful, 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM
  • The Enclave CXL's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.3 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Winner: Equinox LT
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $16,820 cheaper (more than 40% less), $24,970 vs $41,790
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Enclave CXL
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Enclave CXL has lots of passenger seats, but the Equinox LT has very few
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 63.7 ft3 The Enclave CXL has lots of cargo room, but the Equinox LT has very little
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Enclave CXL has roomy front seats, but the Equinox LT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,479 lb vs 1,190 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Optional vs Standard The Equinox LT's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Enclave CXL
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 The Equinox LT has a good number of cupholders, but the Enclave CXL is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Enclave CXL has more speakers, but the Equinox LT has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Enclave CXL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Enclave CXL is 1.5x safer than the Equinox LT

Performance

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 182 HP @ 6,700 RPM The Enclave CXL is of average power, but the Equinox LT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 More gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.3 lb/hp vs 20.8 lb/hp The Enclave CXL has OK performance while the Equinox LT gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Enclave CXL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 40.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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MSRP $41,790 vs $24,970 The Equinox LT has a great price and the Enclave CXL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 22 mpg The Equinox LT has great city mileage and the Enclave CXL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Enclave CXL's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Equinox LT's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Enclave CXL's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Equinox LT's is very short

Luxury Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Enclave CXL

Safety Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Chevrolet
Equinox LT
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 10.7 seconds The Enclave CXL's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Equinox LT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 138 ft The Equinox LT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Enclave CXL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 18.0 s s @ 80.0 mph mph The Enclave CXL's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Equinox LT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs 112 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Enclave CXL vs Tahoe LTZ
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Nissan Murano LE Enclave CXL vs Murano LE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Equinox LT vs Traverse LS
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Equinox LT vs Acadia SLE
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Equinox LT vs Rogue SV
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Equinox LT vs Explorer Limited
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Equinox LT vs Outback 2.5i Limited

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