Head to Head: 2016 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Buick Enclave

Ford Explorer, Buick Enclave, midsize SUVs
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2016 Buick Enclave vs. 2016 Ford Explorer

The 2016 Ford Explorer and 2016 Buick Enclave are 3-row midsize SUVs that offer comfortable driving dynamics and good cargo capacity. This is a popular class full of competitive options, which makes it especially challenging for consumers to narrow down a list of favorites.

Ford updated the Explorer this year with revised exterior styling, some new trim options, and new convenience options. The Explorer holds the No. 18 spot on our list of 3-row SUVs and was a finalist for U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Large SUV for the Money award. The 2016 Buick Enclave sits at No. 5 in our 3-row SUV rankings, though its overall score is within half a point of the first-place contenders. The Enclave features a new standard built-in Wi-Fi hot spot this year.

Although the Explorer falls far below the Enclave in our rankings, the diversity of options in this class means the decision between these two vehicles might not be as clear-cut as it seems. Read on to find out which of these SUVs is best for your family.

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