2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Traverse LS

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

10.0

starting from

$41,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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Power outlets
Optional
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Has 3 rows of seats
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS

8.8

starting from

$30,240

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Traverse LS

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Very inexpensive
$30,240
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Good highway fuel efficiency
24 mpg
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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Average range on the highway
528 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Leather comes standard on the Enclave CXL; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Enclave CXL's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
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
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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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 8.8

Luxury Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Enclave CXL's power seats; not available on the Traverse LS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Enclave CXL; the Traverse LS only offers cloth seats

Cost

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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MSRP $41,790 vs $30,240 The Traverse LS has a great price and the Enclave CXL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 17 mpg The Traverse LS 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 basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Traverse LS 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 LS is OK, too

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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

Road Tests

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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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 LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 281 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 LS'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 17.3 lb/hp vs 16.6 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-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 40.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Passengers 8 vs 8 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 1479 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 Not Available Both can be upgraded to include power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Enclave CXL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Traverse LS
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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 LS Chevrolet
Traverse LS
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Number of speakers 10 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 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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Enclave CXL; but it's not available at all on the Traverse LS

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Cadillac SRX Enclave CXL vs SRX
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Enclave CXL vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Enclave CXL vs Tahoe LTZ
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Toyota Sienna Enclave CXL vs Sienna
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Lincoln MKX Enclave CXL vs MKX
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Traverse LS vs Equinox LT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Traverse LT vs Tahoe LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 GMC Terrain SLT Traverse LS vs Terrain SLT
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Ford Edge SEL Traverse LS vs Edge SEL
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS 2011 Dodge Journey Mainstreet Traverse LS vs Journey Mainstreet

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