2018 Buick Enclave vs. 2018 Infiniti QX60

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While crossovers may be all the rage today, there is something to be said of the simplicity of the SUV. Though we’re far removed from the days of the gas-guzzling tanks which made some SUVs notorious, this new breed of mid-sized or crossover SUVs have an added bit of class that separates them from their noxious forbearers. And Carl Black Roswell is here to help separate the fact from fiction to show you which vehicle out of two reigns supreme. We look at these vehicles from all angles, discussing and dissecting their exterior and interior features, power and performance, safety and technology features, as well as fuel economy to give you an accurate look at two of this year’s latest models.

Here, we’re comparing the 2018 Buick Enclave vs. the 2018 Infiniti QX60, two three-row luxury crossovers that have been built with families in mind. And we’ll be going through each vehicle’s specs and features, and by the end it should be clear that the 2018 Buick Enclave stands head and shoulders above the competition. While crossovers may be known for their versatility, these two vehicles push the envelope by upping the luxury. So Carl Black Roswell’s knowledgeable staff is here to help you find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs by cutting out the guesswork.

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Safety

2018 Buick Enclave

When it comes to safety the 2018 Buick Enclave’s standard and available options cover a wide gamut of options for a number of different drivers. Small comforts such as the LATCH system, which allows for easier child seat installation as well as lane change and side blind zone alerts on the side mirror are welcome standard equipment for the 2018 Enclave. However, it’s only the tip of the iceberg for the crossover that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a five-star safety rating too.
Features such as a StabiliTrak electronic stability control system and electronic traction control both come standard as well and greatly improve the 2018 Enclaves performance on slick terrain. The Enclave’s most impressive, but optional, feature is its Surround Vision mode which gives the driver a bird’s eye view of their surroundings from the driver’s seat. This function can help make low-speed maneuvering a breeze and will likely help you avoid fender-benders and crashes.

2018 Infiniti QX60

Unfortunately for the 2018 Infiniti QX60, while its safety record seems to match up with the 2018 Enclave, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to get the most out of the QX60’s safety options. Having no surround-view cameras as standard and only basic traction and stability control, as well as passenger sensing airbags, the full complement of safety options for the 2018 QX60 are scattered across several costly packages. Meaning that the safest version of the 2018 Infiniti QX60 will cost an additional $10,000 overall.
The list of safety option on offer for the 2018 QX60 are indeed impressive. Though features such as blind spot warning and lane departure warning come standard on the 2018 Enclave, you have to pay up from them with Infiniti. And while features such as predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot intervention, can be useful, the additional price makes the 2018 Enclave the clear choice in safety.

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Efficiency

2018 Buick Enclave

On to fuel efficiency, the 2018 Buick Enclave, unfortunately, pays for its increased power with only slightly increased fuel efficiency. Getting an EPA-estimated 15/22 MPG, the 2018 Enclave is definitely respectable in this aspect but lags behind the more stripped down 2018 QX60. The stop/start functionality and the lighter body weight both help the situation. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t do enough to see true savings at the pump.

2018 Infiniti QX60

While having a bit of an edge on the 2018 Enclave, the 2018 Infiniti QX60 does little to capitalize on its advantage. Getting 20/27 MPG according to an EPA-estimate, the 2018 QX60 is hardly ahead of the pack in fuel efficiency itself, while being considerably pricier than the Enclave. The lack of a stop/start system makes this failing entirely move evident when compared to the 2018 Enclave.

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Performance

2018 Buick Enclave

The 2018 Buick Enclave’s standard 3.6L V6 engine is GM’s latest and has a whopping 310 horsepower, with an available all-wheel drive package as well. That’s an increase of 22 horsepower when compared to the 2017 model. However, that’s not the only thing that has been upgraded for this latest model. The 2018 Enclave also features new materials for the body as well, making the vehicle overall lighter for a more nimble and responsive drive. That lighter body pairs well with the powerful engine to give you SUV power with precision steering and smoother suspension, all in a crossover package.
And for those wanting to go the AWD route, the 2018 Enclave offers intelligent all-wheel drive with an active double clutch. This makes even the toughest of road or weather conditions a breeze to drive through and pairs well with the 2018 Buick Enclaves powerful engine as well. However, it should be noted that the active double clutch variant of Buick’s intelligent all-wheel drive is not available on the standard model.
A 5-link rear suspension gives drivers a smooth and comfortable drive, reducing the noise and vibrations from the road while keeping steering responsive. While designed with comfort in mind, the 2018 Buick Enclave also features stop/start engine technology which allows the Enclave’s engine to idle during complete stops and automatically turn back on when it’s time to drive again. But we’ll get back to that when we start talking fuel economy. For now, let’s see how Infiniti stacks up.

2018 Infiniti QX60

The 2018 Infiniti QX60 comes with a stock 3.5L V6 engine which only gets around 295 horsepower and has an option for an all-wheel-drive system as well. However that AWD may not be as useful in the Infiniti, which has been noted for having poor performance. Plus, Infiniti has discontinued the Qx60’s hybrid model, making the underpowered 3.5L V6 engine consumers’ only option.
The lack of an electronic handbrake or brake assist with preview, two functions offered by the 2018 Buick Enclave, also hamper the Infiniti which lags further behind due to its aging powertrain. Some ground is made up, however, when looking at the 2018 QX60’s suspension which gives a smooth ride, unfortunately, this vehicle is still defined by its engine, which coughs more than it purrs.

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