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Buick Enclave vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Buick Enclave

2016 Buick Enclave
$703
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse
$642
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Buick Enclave Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 24th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $703 which means it has average ownership costs. Both the frequency and severity of repairs is higher than normal, so the Enclave is more likely to require major repairs when compared to other cars.

Above Average

The Chevrolet Traverse Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 19th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $642 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$703
inexpensive
very expensive
$642
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.6
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
13%
minor issues
major issues
13%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(20 Reviews)
(8 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(4)
4 star
(8)
3 star
(6)
2 star
(2)
1 star
(0)

The Buick Enclave ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“Got the vehicle used. Have not had that many problems with it. Runs like a top. Have taken it on trips from Florida ( South Florida) to New Jersey and three trips to North Carolina. Love the vehicl...”

Rating Details
5 star
(0)
4 star
(3)
3 star
(2)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(2)

The Chevrolet Traverse ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“Purchased this car brand new and have had nothing but problems. I have had an issue with every part of the car. Each time I bring it in for repair i am back in a couple of days for another issue. I...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse are both midsize, three-row SUVs. They are made by two different divisions of General Motors. They share a platform, so there are some similarities, but also some differences.

Both the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse come with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional. They both have around the same amount of cargo space with the second and third rows folded: the Enclave has 97.6 cubic feet, and the Traverse has 98.2.

In the power department, the Enclave comes with a single engine choice with 310 horsepower. The standard Traverse engine has 257 horsepower, with an optional 310-horsepower engine that puts it even with the Enclave’s output. 

Another major difference is that the Enclave is a more luxurious vehicle than the Traverse. Many items that are standard on the Enclave are either options or unavailable on the Traverse. Keep in mind that the Enclave’s starting price is a major step beyond that of the Traverse, which simply means that you will get what you’re willing to pay for. 

Both the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse are well-designed and spacious SUVs that are pleasant to drive. When choosing between them, let your budget and your desire for luxury be your guide.

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