Differences between Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia



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2021 Buick Enclave in the middle of an intersection
2021 Buick Enclave
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While Buick and GMC are both exclusive GM brands, their mid-size SUV offerings have their share of differences. Here’s a look at the differences between the 2021 models by GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave


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Driveline and efficiency

2021 GMC Acadia Elevation in front of a building
2021 GMC Acadia Elevation
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Enclave offers just one alternative to the powertrain: a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with front-wheel drive, the EPA-estimated earns 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel drive models do the same – they return 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Acadia comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to fuel economy, it offers 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg when driving down the highway.

Upgrade for the 2.0-liter turbo-four-cylinder engine, which provides a boost in both power and efficiency. It earns 22 mpg on the streets, 29 mpg when cruising on the highway, all while delivering 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Its range-stopping 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, delivering 19 mpg while driving in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

All engines on both models are combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Security and technology

2021 GMC Acadia front seats
2021 GMC Acadia

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Enclave and Acadia are fairly evenly matched when it comes to technical and security features. Both SUVs come standard with a six-speaker audio system, Rear Park Assist, an HD Rear Vision Camera and an 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can upgrade Acadia to a Bose premium eight-speaker sound system, while Enclave offers a 10-speaker system.

Interior space

Cargo hold in Buick Enclave Avenir
2021 Buick Enclave
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The enclave offers seating for seven passengers. Behind the third row, it provides 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down these seats for 58 cubic feet of space, or flat to the entire rear seat area for access to all 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

On the other hand, Acadia offers less space. With all seats in place, it offers 12.8 cubic feet of storage space. Behind the second row you will find 41.7 cubic feet of space and a total of 79 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.

Trim and pricing

2021 Buick Enclave runs on the street
2021 Buick Enclave
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Acadia is available in five trim levels: SL, SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. All trim has four-wheel drive except the base. AT4 only offers four-wheel drive and comes with terrain-oriented functions, which Enclave does not offer. And when it comes to pricing, Acadia’s bass trim is much more affordable – starting at $ 30,995.

You will pay a little more for Enklaven. It starts at $ 41,495 and offers four trims – Preferred, Essence, Premium and Avenir. You can get four-wheel drive on all trim except the base.


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Do you need more help choosing? See how the enclave matches Envision, or check out how Acadia matches the terrain.

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