Is This What An Affordable Luxury SUV Looks Like?


Which one is the ultimate seven-seater?

If we want to decide which luxury SUV is the betterdeal, the first thing we have to consider here is price. For this comparison,we’re putting the 2016 base-level “Convenience FWD” trim Buick Enclave upagainst the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited FWD to see which offers the most valueand performance for your hard-earned cash. The new Enclave has a suggestedretail price of $39,990, while the Hyundai is somewhat cheaper at $35,395.

If you’re responsible for hauling six or seven peoplearound, which daily driver is a better deal? Both of these models give power tothe front wheels only, with the Buick using a 3.6-liter V6 and the Hyundai sportinga 3.3-liter engine of the same configuration. Choosing the American over theKorean will get you 288 horsepower instead of 290, and the former vehicle pullsalong with 270 pound-feet of torque while the latter only produces 252pound-feet. The sophisticated Enclave will get you around the city withslightly better gas mileage, although it does lose out to its segment competitor. Both V6s have dual overhead camshaft architecture andfour values per cylinder.

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The 2016 Buick Enclave is no lightweight in terms of,well… weight. It's been that way since the beginning. Because we’re talking base trim levels here, the weight of theBuick in question is a whopping 4,724 lbs at curb weight. If you’re consideringeither of these two cars, there’s a good possibility that you’ve got some kidsin your life. It’s important to remember that while the Buick Enclave can technicallyseat eight, it’s not supposed to. Planaccordingly. The Hyundai is also considerably unsafe/unconfortable with any more than seven as well. If you absolutely must be able to transport eight people, check out full-size SUVs such as the roomy Ford Expedition,Nissan Armada, or perhaps a Chevrolet Suburban.