Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 Buick Enclave Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The Odyssey has a standard Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Enclave doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has standard crash mitigation brakes, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Enclave offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Odyssey offers optional Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Odyssey Touring/Elite in front of the vehicle. The Enclave doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Odyssey and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Enclave has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave FWD (19 city/28 hwy vs. 15 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Enclave doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Enclave doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Enclave doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Odyssey has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Enclave doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Odyssey has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Odyssey flat and controlled during cornering. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Odyssey’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (39.6 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Odyssey may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Odyssey has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Enclave uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Enclave doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Enclave doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey has 12.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Enclave (163.6 vs. 151.1).

The Odyssey has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 7.8 inches more rear hip room, .3 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom, 4.9 inches more third row legroom, .1 inches more third row hip room and 2.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Odyssey’s middle and third row seats recline. The Enclave’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Enclave.

 

Odyssey

Enclave

Behind Third Seat

32.8 cubic feet

23.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

68.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

115.2 cubic feet

The Odyssey has a standard One-Motion Magic Seat third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Enclave doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Enclave doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Enclave’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches.

If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Enclave can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Push Button Start standard on the Odyssey allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s Smart Entry will also allow unlocking the doors and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Odyssey has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Odyssey has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Enclave only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Enclave doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Odyssey Touring/Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Enclave doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Enclave doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Buick Enclave by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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