2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Buick Enclave: Head to Head

2017 Buick Enclave vs. 2017 Ford Explorer
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2017 Buick Enclave vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Which 3-Row SUV Is Right for You?

The 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Buick Enclave are 3-row midsize SUVs that offer comfortable driving dynamics and good cargo capacities. 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 last year with revised exterior styling, some new trim options, and new convenience options. For 2017, the infotainment system gets an overhaul and many of the prior changes carry over. The Explorer holds a spot near the bottom of our 3-row SUV rankings, whereas the 2017 Buick Enclave sits about midpack. Despite the Enclave’s higher ranking, it hasn’t been refreshed in a number of years (though it will be completely redesigned for 2018).

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 whether the Explorer or the Enclave is best for your family.