2018 Buick Enclave vs Chevrolet Traverse: What are the differences?

Both the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse have been redesigned, but just how different are the two second generation large SUVs? See them side by side.

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir - frontEnclave
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - front, burgundyTraverse
Both the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave are big cars. They both ride on a 120.9-inch (3,070mm) wheelbase, and are 204.3 inches (5,189mm) long. Stylistically a lot more different than their predecessors. The Enclave is once again rounder, but this time around its elegant details and Opel-inspired design make it a far more upscale and appealing proposition than the squarer Traverse.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir - rearEnclave
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - sideTraverse
The unbroken side window line and rounder shapes make the Buick Enclave seem less mammoth than the Traverse, even though they're practically the same size.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir - interior, brown leather, dashboardEnclave
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - interior, orange leather, dashboardTraverse
Again, the Traverse is an pleasant place to be, but the Buick is nicer. The sweeping forms, again taken from the Opel design book, break up the sheer vastness of the interior space.
2018 Buick Enclave - 2+2+3 seating layoutEnclave
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - seating layout with first, second and third rowsTraverse
Although both cars are the same size, only the Traverse can be specified as an eight seater in a 2+3+3 layout. The Buick Enclave is only available in seven-seat configuration with a 2+2+3 setup.
2018 Buick EnclaveEnclave
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - headlampsTraverse
Round versus square again. Either way, there's plenty of LEDs to go around.
2018 Buick Enclave AvenirEnclave
2018 Chevrolet Traverse - on stage at 2017 Detroit Motor ShowTraverse
The Enclave is only available with a 3.6-litre V6 with 302hp (225kW) and 260 lb-ft (353Nm) with a nine-speed automatic, while the Traverse also has this combination as standard, but also offers a 2-liter turbo four-cylinder in the sportier RS model.


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