Buick Enclave Vs. Honda Pilot

By Justin Cupler | July 24th, 2019

Three-row crossovers offer all the room you need and the drivability of a sedan, making your daily commute a breeze. The 2019 Buick Enclave and 2019 Honda Pilot offer all that and more, but which is best for our Rochester area buyers? Continue reading to find out. 

Exterior

The Buick Enclave went through its last redesign in 2018, bringing in a more luxurious, European-inspired look that positions it nicely against the more premium brands. As a sub-luxury crossover, this makes it a great middle point between the mainstream and luxury vehicles without costing an arm and leg. This look features a rounded nose, the signature Buick waterfall grille, swoopy body lines, striking shoulder haunches, and plenty of large, shiny wheel options. 

The 2019 Honda Pilot also recently went through a redesign, but it came in 2016, making it older than the Enclave. In 2019, the Pilot went through a mild refresh, giving it an updated look, but there were no big changes. Unlike the Buick, the 2019 Pilot has a more traditional look, but it has plenty of luxurious features, including LED headlights and 20-inch wheels in its range-topping Elite trim. 

The 2019 Buick Enclave’s exterior has a wide range of standard features that add to its luxurious looks, including 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, automatic-on/off headlights, chrome-accented door handles, deep-tinted glass, a hands-free power liftgate with LED logo projection, LED headlights, chrome bodyside moldings, and more. 

 

The Honda Pilot is not quite as luxurious as the Enclave with its standard 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, auto-on/off LED low-beam headlights with auto on-off, LED taillights, and tinted rear glass, but it comes at a huge value at $31,450. That makes it about $10,000 cheaper than the base Buick Enclave. 

 

Measurement 2019 Buick Enclave 2019 Honda Pilot Difference
Length 204.3 inches 196.5 inches +7.8 inches
Width 78.8 inches 78.6 inches +0.2 inches
Height 69.9 inches 70.6 inches -0.7 inches
Wheelbase 120.9 inches 111 inches +9.9 inches
Ground Clearance
7.3 inches
Curb weight 4,359 to 4,685 pounds 4,036 to 4,319 pounds +323 to +366 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Luxurious standard exterior features
  • Loads of premium features

Advantage: 2019 Honda Pilot

  • Great value
  • Standard LED lighting

Interior

As a sub-luxury crossover, the 2019 Buick Enclave has loads of high-end amenities, even in its base trim level. A lot of the luxury comes from its design including its winglike leatherette dash accent, 8-inch touchscreen flanked by air vents, and quiet-tuning technology.

 

The 2019 Honda Pilot’s cabin, like its exterior, is nowhere near as luxurious as the Enclave’s, but its lower price and stylish looks make it a great value. This style includes a two-tone dash, horizontally oriented climate controls, and more. 

As for standard features, the Buick Enclave is decked out. These features include 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a six-way power passenger’s seat, an eight-way power driver’s seat, active noise cancellation, an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six USB ports, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, a universal home remote, and more. 

The base 2019 Pilot LX’s standard features are not as premium as the Enclaves and include a sunglasses holder, keyless ignition, power windows with one-touch up/down front windows, power door locks, rear heater ducts, steering-wheel-mounted controls, a 5-inch color infotainment screen, a 1-amp USB audio interface, a 2.5-amp USB charging port in the center console, a 215-amp, seven-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming.

 

The Pilot may not have the same level of standard features as the Enclave, it is superior in standard safety equipment with its standard multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, automatic emergency braking, road-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

 

Measurement 2019 Buick Enclave 2019 Honda Pilot Difference
First-row headroom 41.2 to 42.6 inches 39.5 to 40.1 inches +1.7 to +2.5 inches
First-row legroom 41.2 inches 40.9 inches +0.3 inches
First-row shoulder room 62.4 inches 62 inches +0.4 inches
First-row hip room 59.1 inches 59.1 inches
Second-row headroom 39.9 inches 39.9 to 40.2 inches -0.3 to +0 inches
Second-row legroom 38.9 inches 38.4 inches +0.5 inches
Second-row shoulder room 61.7 inches 62 inches -0.3 inches
Second-row hip room 57.7 inches 57.3 inches +0.4 inches
Third-row headroom 37.6 inches 38.9 inches -1.3 inches
Third-row legroom 33.5 inches 31.9 inches +1.6 inches
Third-row shoulder room 57.3 inches 57.6 inches -0.3 inches
Third-row hip room 48.5 inches 44.6 inches +3.9 inches
Cargo room (behind third row) 23.6 cubic feet 16 to 16.5 cubic feet +7.1 to +7.6 inches
Cargo room (behind second row) 58 cubic feet 46 to 46.8 cubic feet +11.2 to +12 inches
Cargo room (behind first row) 97.6 cubic feet 82.1 to 83.9 cubic feet +13.7 to +15.5 inches

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • More legroom in all three rows
  • More premium looking cabin
  • Higher luxury ceiling

Advantage: 2019 Honda Pilot

  • More value in all trims
  • Standard advanced safety equipment
  • Available push-button transmission

Performance

Midsize crossovers love their V-6 engines, and the 2019 Enclave offers a 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and a nine-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers a seven-second 0-to-60 time and up to a 5,000-pound towing capacity. 

The 2019 Honda Pilot uses a 3.5-liter V-6 paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmission or an optional nine-speed automatic. This powertrain delivers 280 horsepower, an estimated 6.5-second 0-to-60 time, and a 5,000-pound towing capacity with its available all-wheel drive. 

2019 Buick Enclave 2019 Honda Pilot Difference
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,800 rpm 280 hp at 6,200 rpm +30 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm 262 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm +4 lb-ft
Standard transmission 9-spd automatic 6-spd automatic
Optional transmission
9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std) / AWD (opt) FWD (std) / AWD (opt)
0-60 time 7 seconds 6.5 seconds (est) -0.5 seconds
Towing capacity 5,000 pounds (w/ Trailering Package) 5,000 pounds (w/ AWD)
MPG City 17 to 18 mpg 18 to 20 mpg -3 to +0 mpg
MPG Highway 25 to 26 mpg 26 to 27 mpg -2 to +0 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 21 mpg 21 to 23 mpg -3 to +0 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • More standard power
  • More advanced standard transmission
  • Smoother, quieter ride

Advantage: 2019 Honda Pilot

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Better peak fuel economy
  • Smaller and easier to manage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Buick Enclave comes in four trim levels — Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir — and their starting prices range from $41,195 to $54,695.

 

The 2019 Honda Pilot has five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Their starting prices range from $31,450 to $48,020. 

2019 Buick Enclave Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Preferred: $41,195

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Premium ride suspension
  • Electric power steering
  • 1,500-pound trailering provisions
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • 18-inch spare wheel
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Body-color door handles with a chrome strip
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Hands-free power liftgate with LED logo projection
  • Heated, power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Dual-outlet stainless steel exhaust with rear-bumper-integrated bright tips
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Bright-chrome bodyside moldings
  • Rocker panel moldings
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Upper and lower grille shutters
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Cloth seats
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information screen
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row seat
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Buick Connected Access Capable
  • Buick Infotainment System
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Siri EyesFree
  • Natural voice recognition
  • Two front charge and data USB ports
  • Two second-row charge-only USB ports
  • Two third-row charge-only USB ports
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Three-row floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power windows
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Triple door seals
  • Covered cargo area
  • Rear climate controls
  • Remote ignition
  • Sill plates
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Universal home remote
  • OnStar
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Theft-deterrent system

 

Essence: $43,195

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • Perforated leather seating
  • In-vehicle air ionizer
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Premium: $49,295

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Driver’s side auto-dimming mirror
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Two-position memory for power driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering column
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer
  • HD Radio
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power-folding 60/40 third-row seat
  • 120-volt power outlet in the rear center console
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Safety-alert rear seat
  • Front and rear parking assist
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Following-distance indicator
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

Avenir: $54,695

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish
  • Unique upper and lower grilles
  • Unique wheels
  • Unique front-door badges
  • Unique chestnut-and-ebony interior color scheme with stitching and piping
  • Avenir embroidered headrests and floor mats
  • Premium film decor accents
  • Rear-wood-accented steering wheel
  • Navigation
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Power dual moonroof with rear skylight
  • 8-inch reconfigurable driver information center
  • Avenir script sill plates
  • Rear camera mirror 
  • 360-degree camera

2019 Honda Pilot Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $31,450

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Eco Assist System
  • Active-noise cancellation
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electronic power steering
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Brake assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto on-off
  • LED taillights
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Black, power mirrors
  • Black door handles
  • Black roofline spoiler
  • Air conditioning
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Keyless ignition
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Sliding sun visors
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Cargo-area light
  • Hidden storage wall
  • Four cargo-area tie-downs
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Front- and second-row floor mats
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row bench seat
  • 5-inch color infotainment screen
  • 1-amp USB audio interface
  • 2.5-amp USB charging port in the center console
  • 215-amp, seven-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Auxiliary input
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Security system

 

EX: $34,330

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote ignition
  • Snow mode
  • 18-inch machined-alloy wheels
  • Heated, body-color mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto-lock
  • LED fog lights
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Conversation mirror with sunglasses holder
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • One-touch second-row seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Cargo-area 12-volt power outlet
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Display Audio infotainment system
  • HondaLink
  • CabinControl Remote capability
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SMS text messaging function
  • SiriusXM 
  • HD Radio
  • 2.5-amp USB smartphone interface in the front console
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

EX-L: $37,760

  • All EX features, plus
  • Power moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Acoustic windshield
  • HomeLink Remote System
  • Integrated second-row sunshades
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Two-position memory for mirrors and driver’s seat
  • Two second-row 2.5-amp USB charging ports
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • CabinTalk in-car PA through headphones
  • Compass

 

Touring: $42,520

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • Idle stop
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • 20-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Chrome door handles
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Acoustic front-side windows
  • Roof rails
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LED low-beam headlights with automatic on/off
  • Memory mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down
  • Courtesy door lights
  • Blue ambient LED lighting
  • Illuminated front- and second-row cup holders
  • Heated rear seats
  • Satellite-linked navigation system
  • Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with 10.2-inch high-resolution screen
  • Blue-Ray player
  • Built-in streaming apps
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • HDMI interface
  • 590-watt, 10-speaker premium audio system with a subwoofer
  • HondaLink subscription services
  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Multizone audio system

 

Elite: $48,020

  • All Touring features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • Sand, Snow, and Mud modes
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Auto-dimming, power-folding side-view mirrors
  • Panoramic roof
  • LED map lights
  • Three-row floor mats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Perforated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • CabinTalk in-car PA system through speakers and headphones
  • Wireless phone charger

Who Should Buy the 2019 Buick Enclave?

Buyers looking for a crossover with luxurious features without a luxury-car price will appreciate what the 2019 Enclave offers. Sure, it costs $10,000 more than the Pilot, but it is superior in terms of luxury. 

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Pilot?

Seeking value and need nothing too luxurious? The 2019 Honda Pilot offers that along with a powerful V-6 engine, superior acceleration, and better fuel economy. If you need luxury, the Elite and Touring trims are close to the Enclave’s level of luxury. 

 

Buyers in the Rochester area love their crossovers, and two great options are the 2019 Buick Enclave and 2019 Honda Pilot. Head down to Garber Honda serving the Henrietta and Pittsford areas to test drive the 2019 Pilot and see what it offers. Can’t make it to our Rochester new-Honda dealership today? Navigate to our online showroom to see our in-stock 2019 Pilot models, choose a few that serve your needs, and schedule a test drive on your schedule. 

 

*Disclaimer: 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.