2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

10.0

starting from

$39,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

9.6

starting from

$39,615

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LTZ

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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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OK braking distance from 60mph
141 ft
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OK performance
16.2 lb/hp
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OK cornering
0.8 g
Cost 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have lots of cargo room
  • Both can be upgraded to include power outlets
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Cost

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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MSRP $39,790 vs $39,615 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Enclave CXL's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Traverse LTZ is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Enclave CXL's basic warranty is long lasting and the Traverse LTZ is OK, too

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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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 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.9 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 141 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 16.2 s @ 87 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.8 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

Performance

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Traverse LTZ's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 16.6 lb/hp vs 16.2 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 116.4 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 59.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1631 lb vs Unknown
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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 Optional Both can be upgraded to include power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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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
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Chevrolet
Traverse LTZ
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Cadillac SRX Enclave CXL vs SRX
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Enclave CXL vs Santa Fe Limited
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Enclave CXL vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Enclave CXL vs Acadia SLE
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Enclave CXL vs Explorer Limited
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLT Traverse LS vs Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Ford Edge SE Traverse LT vs Edge SE
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Traverse LS vs Santa Fe

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