Buick Enclave vs Honda Odyssey

Buick Enclave

Honda Odyssey

Tiger Woods, the world's top-ranked professional golfer and long-time Buick partner, teamed up with Buick to introduce media to the brand's newest vehicle: the all-new 2008 Buick Enclave luxury crossover SUV, on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Buick Enclave was represented at the Art Center College of Layout in Pasadena, one of the world's most prestigious art and layout schools.

The Buick Enclave is Buick's first luxury crossover SUV. It is purposely built on an all-new crossover architecture and motivated by one of Gm's most comprehensive V-6 engines ever. The Buick Enclave creates its own niche in the fast-growing crossover sphere by melding elegant dashboard and look layout and a confident ride in a quiet, well-crafted spacious cab capable of carrying up to eight passengers with room for gear. It arrives in dealer showrooms next summer.

Enclave is the new face of Buick and everything we want in future Buicks, explained Basic Manager Steve Shannon. It's an absolutely stunning, luxury crossover SUV that provides all the offering attributes that define the new Buick - a confident ride, relevant technologies, more luxury features, elegant layout and a quiet, convenient and well-crafted dashboard. These are the hallmark traits of future Buicks.

Enclave will be available in CX and CXL versions, with eight look and three dashboard colours, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, a new 275-horsepower V-6 powertrain featuring variable valve timing (VVT) and mated to Buick's first six-speed automatic transmission. The 3. 6L V-6 VVT is a sophisticated dual-overhead camshaft motor based on Gm's global V-6 architecture. It was jointly designed at GM technical centers in Australia, Germany, Sweden and North America. The motor uses full four-cam phasing, rapid information processing and torque-based motor management to optimize performance, economy and emissions performance.
Completely refactored for the 2011 model year, the 2012 Honda Odyssey remains the class-leading minivan for fuel efficiency and security ratings, while continuing to provide the refinement, room and engaging driving experience that people have come to expect from this highly acclaimed family car.

Class-leading achievements include the highest EPA highway fuel efficiency rating for an eight-passenger minivan of 28 mpg for Honda Odyssey Touring. Plus, all Honda Odyssey models achieve the best possible security ratings from both the National Highway Traffic Security Administration (NHTSA) with a 5-star Overall Car Score and the Insurance Institute for Highway Security (IIHS) with a TOP SECURITY PICK, an achievement that no other currently-tested minivan can match.

Developed and built in the US, the five available models consist of the Honda Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite, with every providing a original mix of features, value, luxury and in-vehicle entertainment technology. Changes for 2012 include the addition of select features to the Honda Odyssey EX that were previously exclusive to the Honda Odyssey EX-L. For 2012, the Honda Odyssey EX now contains Bluetooth Handsfreelink, the intelligent Multi-information Screen (i-mid) with an 8-inch TFT display, a 2-GB CD Library and a USB Stereo Interface. The 2012 Honda Odyssey Touring deserves an exclusive look color, White Diamond Pearl, replacing Taffeta White on the prior model.

The Honda Odyssey body uses a tapered cab layout with a signature lightning bolt character line to create a dynamic and distinctive look. Additionally, the look-and-feel cue creates a relatively big third-row window that enhances the outward perspective for third-row passengers. Engineered for a quiet dashboard, the Honda Odyssey's highly-rigid body with 59 percent high-strength metal (an exceptional amount by market standards) helps improve the effectiveness of the vehicle's sound-deadening fabric to isolate road noise. The high-strength metal also helps to reduce body weight for better fuel efficiency and optimize body rigidity for agile handling.