2022 Buick Enclave vs. 2022 GMC Acadia

June 11th, 2022 by

If you’re seeking an upscale family SUV and you’re stuck between the latest editions of the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave, we don’t blame you. Both SUVs are powerful, equipped with cutting-edge technology, and extremely safe. The Acadia starts a fair bit lower in price range, but the Enclave has a greater emphasis on luxury and premium touches. Between the 2022 Acadia vs Enclave, you’ll have to choose one winner. Check out the Sweeney Buick-GMC side-by-side comparison of these models. 

Acadia vs Enclave: Trim Levels and Exterior

2022 GMC Acadia in a mountain village

The 2022 GMC Acadia comes in four trim levels: SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. The Acadia offers 17-inch, 18-inch, and 20-inch wheel options, as well as a wide variety of exterior upgrades. A programmable electric liftgate with hands-free operation is included, plus side mirrors with heating, power-adjusting, and power-folding functions. The standard SLE also gets front and rear splash guards, LED headlights and fog lamps, and roof-mounted side railings. There’s even a keyless entry fob that allows you to press a five-digit pin to open the car.

The 2022 Buick Enclave comes with three trim levels: Essence, Premium, and Avenir. The 2022 Enclave’s sophisticated amenities are housed behind a similarly modern, sculpted façade. Whether your Enclave is outfitted with 18-inch regular wheels or the Avenir’s top-level 20-inch wheels, the Enclave rides in an appreciable style to match its extravagant cabin. We like the dramatic front grille of the Acadia, along with its generous set of standard features, but both are undeniably attractive SUVs.

2022 GMC Acadia vs 2022 Buick Enclave: Engine and Power

The 2022 Acadia comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 3.6-liter V-6 engine, while all Enclave versions come with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. GMC’s SUV delivers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque with the four-cylinder, and 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque on the V-6. Meanwhile, the Enclave offers the same horsepower at base as the Acadia’s V-6 option at 310. However, it offers less torque at 266 lb-ft.

The four-cylinder engine on the 2022 Acadia delivers the highest fuel economy, with EPA estimates of 21 city mpg and 26 highway mpg. The V-6 Acadia gets 19/26 mpg or 19/27 mpg on the Denali. The 2022 Enclave does stand out with a 5,000-pound maximum towing capability, but it gets only 18/26 city/highway mpg. The 2022 Acadia, when properly outfitted and combined with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, can tow up to 4,000 pounds.

2022 GMC Acadia Interior vs 2022 Buick Enclave Interior

The Acadia and Enclave are quite similar on the inside, both fitting either seven passengers or six with the luxury captain’s chairs in the second row. The Acadia’s Smart Slide second-row seats make it easier to access the third row, while the third row’s 50/50 split seats fold flat to help you make the most of the cargo area.

Even on the base SL trim, the 2022 GMC Acadia’s interior is equipped with plenty of comfort and entertainment features, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, a dual skyscape sunroof, tri-zone climate control, and a rear seat reminder. You’ll also get the GMC infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen display, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capability, teen driver technology, and an HD rear vision camera. Look at higher models like the Denali, and you could customize your Acadia with an eight-speaker premium Bose sound system, genuine wood trim accents, a heated steering wheel, and much more.

The basic trim level of the 2022 Buick Enclave offers a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging pad, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system, leather upholstery, and three-zone automatic climate control. You’ll also get a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start standard. Perhaps the Enclave’s biggest advantage on the inside is the cargo space: 23.6 cubic feet compared to the Acadia’s 12.8 cubic feet.

Safety Features

The next-generation technology and safety features in the 2022 Acadia keep you connected, informed, and aware of your surroundings as you travel the open road. All Acadia models now include GMC Pro Safety Plus, with features like automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, following distance indicator, and safety seat alert seen on all trims.

The Buick Driver Confidence Plus is standard on all Buick Enclaves, from the top-of-the-line Avenir to the entry-level Essence. This driver assistance package includes several Buick versions of features like automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and further additions depending on the trim. Finally, both vehicles consistently get high safety ratings from organizations like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2022 Enclave vs. Acadia Price

The 2022 GMC Acadia is a well-rounded and adaptable SUV. It’s powerful and attractive while also being comfortable and efficient. Perhaps best of all, it’s very reasonably priced at $34,000 for the standard SLE, especially with its sophisticated entertainment system. Meanwhile, the 2022 Buick Enclave is a capable vehicle that cranks up the luxury features, but with a starting price of $40,000, it is one of the more costly midsize SUVs in its class.

All told, while both vehicles are quite strong, the Acadia is the more fitting model for families who want a great deal. The Enclave certainly allows you to dive into luxury, especially with the Avenir, but the Enclave’s Denali combines luxury with sport-driving enhancements. Finally, there’s no denying that the Enclave has more cargo space, although the Acadia’s design is still very convenient and roomy. You could call the Enclave more executive and formal, while the Acadia is fit for the occasional off-roading trip.

Whether you want to get a new Enclave or new Acadia, you’ll find the best deals in Youngstown at Sweeney Buick-GMC. You can save more on a new SUV in Youngstown and surrounding areas, helping you get better financing on your SUV of choice. Check out our inventory and online forms, chat with a team member, or give us a call. We’re here to help you take the next step in your car-buying journey.

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