2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave (General Motors)

Three-row SUVs are a popular choice among families, and if you’re considering a used or certified pre-owned model, you could save substantially. For example, take a look at our two top-ranked 2011 affordable midsize SUVs, the Buick Enclave and Mazda CX-9. Our pricing data shows that you should be able to find a 2011 Enclave for roughly $21,400 to $26,400, depending on the model you choose. In comparison, the 2011 CX-9 is slightly less expensive, with average prices ranging between about $18,400 and $23,200. In comparison, new 2014 Enclave and CX-9 models start at $38,890 and $29,985, respectively.

Mazda CX-9
2011 Mazda CX-9 (Mazda North American Operations)

In either case, the savings are substantial, so let’s take a look at the 2011 Buick Enclave and the 2011 Mazda CX-9 to help you decide which one is the right used midsize SUV for you.

2011 Buick Enclave


2011 Mazda CX-9





EPA-estimated Annual Fuel Cost


153 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

139.4 cubic feet

115 cubic feet

Cargo Space

100.7 cubic feet

4 out of 5

Reliability Rating

4 out of 5

1-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

Certified Pre-owned Warranty

1-year/12,000-mile limited warranty and 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

Tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, power liftgate, satellite radio

Notable Standard Features When New

Tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth

$21,419 - $26,408

Average Price Paid

$18,381 - $23,181

Both SUVs have similar fuel economy ratings, and they both offer a good reliability rating. They’re also currently tied for the number one spot in our 2011 affordable midsize SUV rankings. With the Enclave, you’ll get a bit more cargo and passenger space, and reviewers agreed that the Enclave’s third row can seat adults in a pinch, which is rare for the class. The Enclave also comes with a few additional standard features and has a better safety score.

While it has a bit less interior space and fewer standard features, many reviewers said that the CX-9 stands out as the driver’s choice within the class. Additionally, you should be able to save about $3,000 by choosing the CX-9, regardless of whether you’re considering a base model or a fully loaded SUV. 

So which used midsize SUV should you buy? The 2011 Buick Enclave may be the best choice if you prefer its additional standard features, as well as its roomy cabin and spacious cargo hold. Buick is also currently offering no-interest financing on certified pre-owned Enclave models. However, the CX-9 offers handling that most midsize SUVs can’t match, and its lower price may seal the deal if you don’t need the Enclave’s additional space.

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