2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2011 Ford
Edge SEL

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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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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More passenger seats
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Comparable towing weight
1479 lb
2011 Ford Edge SEL

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Edge SEL

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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Good highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Spacious back seats
52.9 ft3
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OK braking distance from 60mph
134 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Room for 3 more people, 8 vs 5
  • Room for around 70% more stuff, 115.0 ft3 vs 68.9 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 59.9 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
  • The Enclave CXL has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL has 3.9x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The Edge SEL's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.0 lb/hp vs 17.3 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 38.6 ft vs 40.4 ft
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
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.4

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Enclave CXL has lots of passenger seats, but the Edge SEL has very few
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 68.9 ft3 The Enclave CXL has lots of cargo room and the Edge SEL is pretty good
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 The Enclave CXL has roomy front seats and the Edge SEL is OK
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Base payload capacity 1479 lb vs 909 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 Edge SEL'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 Edge SEL 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
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Edge SEL
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Enclave CXL has more speakers, but the Edge SEL has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Enclave CXL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Edge SEL does not
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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 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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 3 stars The Enclave CXL is 3.9x safer than the Edge SEL
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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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 15.0 lb/hp The Edge SEL is a sporty car, while the Enclave CXL is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 38.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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

Cost

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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MSRP $41,790 vs $33,325 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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 Edge SEL'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 Edge SEL's is very short

Safety Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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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 None

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Ford Edge SEL Ford
Edge SEL
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 8.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 134 ft The Edge SEL'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 @ 87 mph vs 16.6 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 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Enclave CXL vs Traverse LS
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Cadillac SRX Enclave CXL vs SRX
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LT Enclave CXL vs Equinox LT
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Enclave CXL vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Nissan Murano LE Enclave CXL vs Murano LE
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LS Edge SEL vs Traverse LS
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Honda CR-V Edge SEL vs CR-V
2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Ford Explorer Limited Edge SEL vs Explorer Limited

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