Buick Enclave vs. Cadillac XT6

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - September 19, 2019

General Motors has a few luxury marques under its umbrella, but two of the main ones offering crossovers and SUVs include Buick and Cadillac. If a three-row luxury crossover is what you need, both Buick and Cadillac have options to get you down the road.

There’s the Cadillac XT6, which is all new and the brand's first three-row crossover. The Buick Enclave isn’t as new, being a part of the second generation that came out in 2018, but it still has a lot to offer.

Which three-row crossover should you go with? That’s what we’ll answer below.

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What the Enclave Gets Right

Right off the bat, the Buick Enclave is the cheaper option of the two. Pricing for the Enclave starts at $41,195 including destination, while the Cadillac XT6 carries a price tag of $53,690. This $12,495 difference in pricing means you can go up to the Enclave's range-topping Avenir trim for only $1,305 more than the entry-level XT6.

The Enclave and the XT6 may both compete in the mid-size crossover segment, but Buick’s crossover is more spacious when it comes to cargo capacity. Behind the third row, the Enclave offers 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 58.0 cubic feet with the third row folded. In total, the Enclave offers 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Cargo capacity for the XT6 is as follows: 12.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 43.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 78.7 cubic feet.

Despite coming with the same powertrain, the Enclave is slightly more efficient than the XT6. The Enclave achieves an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 combined, while the XT6 loses one mpg on the highway and in its combined rating.

What the XT6 Gets Right

The Cadillac XT6 may be more expensive than the Buick Enclave, but Cadillac’s crossover justifies the price with more standard equipment. Focusing on the inside, the XT6 outshines the Enclave with an 8-inch driver information center, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and wireless charging as standard.

For consumers that expect to spend a lot of time in urban areas, the smaller XT6 will be easier to maneuver. The XT6 is 5.8 inches shorter in length and 1.5 inches shorter in width.

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On paper, the Buick Enclave smashes the Cadillac XT6 in every way. It’s more spacious on the inside, it has more cargo space, it has similar performance, it's more affordable, and so on.

While the XT6 has more standard features than the Enclave, Buick offers a lot of the same equipment as optional features, which makes up for it. If having Cadillac’s latest machine, which will come with Super Cruise in the future, and a more stylish vehicle is more important than what’s on the inside, the XT6 is a fine option.

Our Verdict: Buick Enclave

There’s just so much that the Buick Enclave gets right that it’s hard to choose the Cadillac XT6 over it. Having a much lower starting price is one of the major factors that led us to choose the Buick over the Cadillac.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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