2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2012 GMC
Acadia SLE

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 GMC Acadia SLE

9.2

Runner-up

GMC Acadia SLE

starting from

$37,890

Reasons to buy the GMC Acadia SLE

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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Very inexpensive
$37,890
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Average-sized back seats
42.6 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Leather comes standard on the Enclave CXL; the Acadia SLE only offers cloth seats
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
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Cost 10.0 vs -
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  • Inexpensive
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 9.2

Luxury Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the Enclave CXL; the Acadia SLE only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Cost

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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MSRP $39,790 vs $37,890 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs Unknown
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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 Acadia SLE 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 Acadia SLE is OK, too

Safety Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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 Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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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 16.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Acadia SLE 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

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2012 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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Passengers 8 vs 8 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 116.9 ft3 Both have lots of cargo room
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 59.8 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 Not Available The Enclave CXL's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Acadia SLE
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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 Not Available The Enclave CXL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Acadia SLE
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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 GMC Acadia SLE GMC
Acadia SLE
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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

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2011 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Enclave CXL vs Highlander SE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 GMC Terrain SLE Acadia SLE vs Terrain SLE
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 GMC Yukon SLT Acadia SLE vs Yukon SLT
2012 GMC Acadia Denali 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LT Acadia Denali vs Tahoe LT
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 Toyota Highlander Acadia SLE vs Highlander
2012 GMC Acadia SLE 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Acadia SLE vs Equinox LS

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