The 2020 Buick Enclave vs Honda Pilot

The Buick Enclave is a crossover midsize SUV, and like every other Buick vehicle, the Enclave has an air of luxury, comfort, and quality. How does it stack up to the competition, though? We’ll compare the Buick Enclave to segment competitor, the Honda Pilot.

 

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, the Enclave is hard to beat. The interior offers plenty of room for you and your passengers including:

  • 41 inches of front headroom 
  • 41.2 inches of front legroom 
  • 62.4 inches of front shoulder room 
  • 59.1 inches of front hip room 

The Pilot offers less room for your passengers:

  • 40.1 inches of front headroom 
  • 40.9 inches of front legroom 
  • 62 inches of front shoulder room 
  • 59.1 inches of front hip room 

This may not seem like a huge difference, but when you’re going on long journeys the extra space counts.

Power and Performance

The Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that gives you 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, for power you can feel the second you step on the gas. The towing ability of the Enclave is equally impressive, with a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. 

On the other hand, the Honda Pilot gives you a 3.5-liter V6 engine, giving you 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. These are impressive stats, but significantly less than the ones that come standard in the Buick Enclave, and you can feel the difference.

Gas Mileage

The gas mileage in the Enclave and Pilot is comparable. The Enclave comes with an EPA-estimated 18 city MPG / 26 highway MPG / 21 combined MPG, so you’ll spend more time on the road and less time filling up at the gas station. The Honda Pilot gives you an EPA-estimated 19 city MPG / 27 highway MPG / 22 combined MPG. So whichever of these vehicles you choose, you’ll save on fuel. 

If you think that the Enclave is the right crossover SUV for you, then come on down to Briggs Buick GMC and give it a test drive! Contact a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team today with any questions. 

2020 GMC Terrain Towing, Cargo Specs, and More!

If you’re looking for a compact SUV that is sleek and functional look no further than the GMC Terrain. The base trim level of the Terrain comes with a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine, and does 26 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. The Terrain has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, which is perfect for bass fishing boats and small trailers and campers. The Terrain is very practical, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have luxury features. The interior is made up of premium soft-touch materials and authentic aluminum, which makes every trip feel like a first-class experience. In the interior you’ll also find a sunroof that extends to the second row so everyone can enjoy views of the sky, adding that extra bit of comfort and luxury. Beyond comfort though, the Terrain boasts excellent cargo capacity, offering space for objects up to 8-feet long, and coming equipped with a front-to-back load floor. 

The Terrain has four different trim levels, which all come standard in FWD with the option of AWD for all except the SL. The four different trim levels include:

  • SL (MSRP $26,195) – The SL may be the entry level of the Terrain, but that doesn’t mean it’s missing out on features. The SL comes standard with a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, and 4-link rear suspension. The interior is well furnished and includes a 7-inch diagonal infotainment system. The SL also includes many safety features, such as forward collision alert, following distance indicator, and automatic emergency braking. 
  • SLE (MSRP $29,595) – The SLE comes with all the features that the SL comes with and more. Some of the added features include a 4.2 inch diagonal multi-color driver information screen and an inside rearview auto-dimming mirror. If you purchase the SLE you will have more package options, such as the driver convenience package, which includes remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver and front passenger heated seats, driver 8-way power seat, driver power lumbar control, and roof-mounted luggage rack side rails.
  • SLT (MSRP $32,395) – The SLT also has all the features of the previous two. With the SLT though you have the option of getting a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine. The previous two models have 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, 11.8″ front and 11.3″ rear rotor size, and so does the SLT, but with this trim level there is the option to get 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, 12.6″ front and 11.3″ rear rotor size instead. The SLT also comes with an 8-inch diagonal infotainment system.
  • Denali (MSRP $39,495) – The Denali comes standard with the 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine. The Denali doesn’t just come default with a beefier engine, though. The interior comes with more features, so the Denali feels even more luxurious than the other trim levels. There is ambient interior lighting, Bose premium 7-speaker audio system, a 6-way power front passenger seat, 8-way power front driver seat, a heated steering wheel, and more. 

If you want an SUV that’s practical, but that doesn’t feel boring, the Terrain is for you. The Terrain is a top-of-the-line compact SUV that has a lot of character, and that’s fun to own. Contact us to set up a test drive today! 

Can the Jeep Gladiator be Flat Towed?

The freedom, flexibility, and off-road capabilities are what appeal to many Jeep owners, which is why they’re such popular travel companions. These off-the-beaten-trail adventures are also how Jeep has become one of the most commonly flat-towed vehicles you’ll see on U.S. highways and byways. With its recent return we’re asked a lot, “Can the new Jeep Gladiator be flat towed?” The answer is yes!

 

A common misconception about flat towing is that it will increase your vehicle’s odometer, but that is not the case for the Gladiator. Since the speedometer on all Jeep Gladiators is electric, then no miles will be added to the total when the engine is off. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep track of towed miles, however, as flat towing can still put some stress on your vehicle in the long run. Never dolly tow — or otherwise allow it to be towed with only two wheels traveling — your Jeep Gladiator. This type of towing interferes with the four-wheel drive system and can cause some major damage.

 

Arguably the best and most reliable production truck for off roading, the Gladiator is powered by a 3.6L V6 24V VVT engine, and comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. An 8-speed automatic 850RE transmission is optional. There are four different trim levels of the Gladiator. The Sport, Sport S, Overland, and the Rubicon. Rubicon models get up to 11.1-inches of ground clearance between the underside of the truck and the terrain so you can drive over obstacles without underbody damage, and the Gladiator features a high air intake and special water sealing to help get you through creeks, streams and depths of up to 30-inches. Higher levels of articulation help keep all four tires on the ground to help ensure they remain stable, and thanks to precision steering and optimized wheelbases, Gladiator can swiftly veer around narrow gaps and maneuver around rocks, logs or tight spots. The Gladiator also has a towing capacity of up to 7,650 lbs.

 

If you want an off-road truck that is easy to take with you on your adventures contact us for a test drive today! 

Toyota Tacoma: Towing & Off-road Capabilities

The Toyota Tacoma is worth its weight when it comes to towing and off-road capabilities. Whether you’re wanting to tow a boat, trailer, or camper on your next adventure, the Toyota Tacoma has the muscle, build quality, and tech to get it done.

The Tacoma has a 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence), with 159 to 278 horsepower depending on which version you get. There are three different models of the Toyota Tacoma; the SR, the TRD Off-Road, and the Limited. All three come with free maintenance plans and 24-hour roadside assistance. 

The towing ability on a truck is very important, and Toyota knows this, that’s why each model of the Tacoma has a Class-IV towing hitch receiver, ATF cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with converter, and trailer-sway control. The Tacoma has a tongue load of 640 pounds, and a towing capacity of 6,400 pounds. 

 

To help navigate the rough stuff, the Tacoma has coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar; leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar for all models except the TRD Off-Road, which has TRD-tuned off-road suspension with Bilstein 118 shocks. Each model of the Tacoma has variable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering and power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes; rear drum brakes with tandem booster and Star Safety System. Each model of the Tacoma also seats five people, so you can bring the whole crew with you on your adventures. 

When towing or off-roading safety can be a concern, and once again Toyota engineers have you covered with this IIHS Top Safety Pick award winner. Some of the many safety features that are included: Toyota Safety Sense, pre-collision system with pedestrian Detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. The Star Safety System includes vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist  and smart stop technology. Driver and front passenger advanced airbag system, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and rear roll-sensing side curtain airbag, and driver and front passenger active headrests are all standard. 

If you’re looking for a truck that’s safe, looks sleek, and is great for both work and play, the Toyota Tacoma is for you. If you’re interested in a test drive or have any questions, we invite you to contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you.