Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac ESCALADE VS 2017 Buick Enclave Near Fort Dodge, IA

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2017 Cadillac ESCALADE

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2017 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Enclave doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Escalade and Enclave have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Enclave’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Escalade offers optional Front Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Enclave offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Enclave doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escalade has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Enclave only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Escalade and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Cadillac Escalade weighs 599 to 1061 pounds more than the Buick Enclave. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the Escalade for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Enclave (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Engine Comparison

The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 132 more horsepower (420 vs. 288) and 190 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Cadillac Escalade is faster than the Buick Enclave:




Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.4 sec

14.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.8 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

8.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

4.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

112 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade’s fuel efficiency. The Enclave doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Escalade has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Enclave (26 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escalade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Enclave doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escalade’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Enclave:




Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escalade has larger standard tires than the Enclave (275/55R20 vs. 255/60R19). The Escalade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Enclave (285/45R22 vs. 255/60R19).

The Escalade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Enclave’s standard 60 series tires. The Escalade’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Enclave. The Escalade’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Enclave.

The Escalade has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Enclave, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escalade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escalade flat and controlled during cornering. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Escalade has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Escalade has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Enclave doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Enclave.

The Escalade’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Enclave’s (55.3% to 44.7%). This gives the Escalade more stable handling and braking.

The Escalade 4x4 handles at .77 G’s, while the Enclave AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Escalade 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Enclave AWD (27.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Escalade’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (39 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Escalade has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the Escalade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Enclave doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Escalade uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Enclave doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escalade has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 4 inches more front legroom, 3.7 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room, 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 1 inch more third row hip room and 5.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Escalade’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Enclave doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Escalade’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Enclave’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escalade’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Enclave doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escalade’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Enclave.

The Escalade’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Enclave does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Escalade offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Enclave doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escalade’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Enclave’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

On a hot day the Escalade’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Enclave can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Keyless Access standard on the Escalade allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Escalade has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Escalade’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escalade has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Enclave only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escalade detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Enclave doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Escalade has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Enclave. The Escalade also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Enclave.

The Escalade has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Enclave.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escalade Premium Luxury/Platinum has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Enclave doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escalade’s Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Enclave doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escalade owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Escalade with a number “5” insurance rate while the Enclave is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Escalade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Escalade will retain 45.75% to 50.51% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 44.7% to 45.27%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escalade is less expensive to operate than the Enclave because typical repairs cost much less on the Escalade than the Enclave, including $1 less for front brake pads, $61 less for a starter, $30 less for fuel injection and $527 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Cadillac Escalade as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escalade second among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Enclave was rated third in its category.

The Escalade is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Enclave is not ranked.

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