Buick Enclave vs. Lincoln Aviator

October 1st, 2020 by

If you’re in the market for a new midsize SUV, you have plenty of vehicles to choose from. Two popular luxury options are the Buick Enclave and Lincoln Aviator. While both options offer spacious interiors and plenty of tech features, there are a few differences that can help you make a more informed buying decision. Take a look at some of the key differences between the 2020 Buick Enclave and 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

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The Buick Enclave comes in four trims: Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. On the front of the Enclave, there’s the Buick’s signature badging and logo with three-dimensional chrome wings. From the hood to the rear hatchback, the streamlined silhouette gives the SUV an elegant look, and the slick LED lights to add a modern touch.

The Lincoln Aviator has five trim levels: Standard, Reserve, Black Label, Grand Touring, and Grand Touring Black Label. On the front of the Aviator sits a large grille with the Lincoln badging. The dropped facia and cat-eye style LED headlights to give the Aviator a head-turning look.

The Enclave is 204 inches long and almost 79 inches wide, while the Aviator is 199 inches long and nearly 80 inches wide. All in all, you likely won’t recognize the small difference in size when parking either SUV.

Engines and Performance

Every Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the engine is a nine-speed automatic transmission for seamless and quick shifting. All trims have a front-wheel-drive system that’s ideal for climbing hills and getting an extra grip on wet terrain. The Essence, Premium, and Avenir have all-wheel-drive options available that can handle uneven surfaces. When properly equipped, the Enclave has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

The first three trims of the Aviator feature a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the engine is a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Standard and Reserve are rear-wheel drives, though intelligent all-wheel drive is available. The Grand Touring, Black Label, and Black Label Grand Touring all come standard with intelligent all-wheel drive.

Both the Grand Touring and Grand Touring Black Label features a plug-in hybrid powertrain using the same V-6 engine paired with an electric motor and a 13.6 kWh battery pack. With this hybrid powertrain, the total power output is 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. With the proper towing equipment, the Aviator can haul up to 6,700 pounds.


Three rows of seats fit seven people in both the Enclave and the Aviator. The Enclave comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. Available are leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a power-folding third row. Passengers, both front and back, have plenty of legroom and headroom, with a total passenger volume of 153.7 cubic feet. With 23.6 to 97.6 cubic feet of cargo space, there’s plenty of room for luggage, groceries, and supplies, depending on the configurations of the rows.

When you’re looking for a more luxurious interior, choose the upper trims of the Aviator. Adding the Elements Package Plus gives you heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, heated windshield wipers, and leather seats in the first and second rows. Add the Luxury Package to your Aviator for a panoramic sunroof, 30-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, a 28-speaker Revel stereo, and rear-seat audio controls.

The driver and passengers will feel comfortable with over 140 cubic feet of passenger volume in The Aviator. With the various seat and row configurations, you can carry supplies and luggage in the rear of the Aviator with 18.3 to 77.7 cubic feet of cargo space. It also comes standard with a hands-free power liftgate, so you don’t have to juggle groceries or luggage to find your keys.


Advanced technology makes driving both of these SUVs a breeze. You’ll find an 8-inch diagonal touch screen with Buick’s infotainment system on the Enclave standard on all trims but the Avenir, which has the same system with the addition of voice-activated navigation. The two lower trims have a six-speaker sound system while the two upper trims get a Bose premium 10-speaker system. Standard on all Enclave trims is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

Inside of the Aviator’s cabin is a 10.1-inch touch screen using Lincoln’s Sync 3 infotainment system. You can listen to playlists from your smartphone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration streaming though the optional 14-speaker sound system. With the downloaded AppLink, you can access other apps in your smartphone with voice commands. When you download the Lincoln Way app, you can remotely start your Aviator, unlock it, and adjust the lighting or temperature from your smartphone.

Safety Features

Both the Enclave and Aviator have plenty of standard and available safety features to keep you and your family safe during any trip. Standard safety features on the Enclave include traction and stability control, anti-lock breaks, and a rearview camera. Available features for the Enclave include a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. In addition, you can get lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning.

Standard safety features on the Aviator include the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist features. You get enhanced active park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. Adaptive LED headlights help illuminate the road, and the lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning help you to avoid drifting between lanes.

When it comes down to it, both SUVs are sophisticated, handle well, and can take you from driving the wine trails along the Mahoning Valley to a romantic night out in luxury and style. Stop by Sweeney Buick GMC today to learn more about the 2020 Enclave and take one for a test drive.

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