Buick Enclave Vs. Infiniti QX60: The Other Luxury Crossovers Battle it Out

By Justin Cupler | December 6th, 2018

The luxury crossover segment extends well beyond the BMW and Mercedes models clogging the roadways. There are stylish alternatives like the 2019 Buick Enclave and the 2019 Infiniti QX60.

These midsize luxury crossovers deliver all the style and comfort of their German rivals, but they come at relative values. Which of these midsize luxury crossovers is better for our Ft. Pierce area new-car shoppers, the 2019 Enclave or 2019 QX60? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The 2019 Buick Enclave and 2019 Infiniti QX60 boast distinct appearances that make clear statements. The Enclave, despite being from an American automaker, boasts a European design language that includes ample curves and swoops paired with subtle ridges on the hood. The QX60 shows off its Asian roots with its sharp body lines, bulging grille, and swooping roofline.

Both crossovers look great, but the more toned-down looks of the Enclave will age with more class. That said, the QX60’s more striking design will attract younger families looking for something a little more hip.

The 2019 Enclave and 2019 QX60 are similar in size, but the Buick is slightly larger in every measurement. The 2019 Buick Enclave is 204.3 inches long, 78.8 inches wide, and 69.9 inches tall. It rides on a 120.9-inch wheelbase. The 2019 Infiniti QX60 checks in at 200.6 inches long, 77.2 inches wide, and 68.6 inches tall. The Infiniti rides atop a 114.2-inch wheelbase.

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Larger body affords a roomier cabin
  • Distinct European simplicity

Advantage: 2019 Infiniti QX60

  • Aggressive styling
  • Smaller footprint is easier to maneuver

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Buick Enclave and 2019 Infiniti QX60 continue where their exteriors left off. The Enclave boasts an upscale cabin that includes premium materials, high-end standard cloth upholstery, premium dash wrapping, and a clutter-free center stack. The QX60 comes standard with leatherette seating, giving it an immediate leg up to some buyers, and its center stack is loaded with an assortment of button and knobs Infiniti is known for.

The Buick Enclave takes interior comfort a step further with its advanced noise-fighting tech. It not only boasts all Buick’s noise-deadening materials, but it also includes an acoustic windshield and active-noise cancellation. This surrounds the occupants in an envelope of silence generally reserved for pricier vehicles.

In its front seats, the 2019 Buick Enclave offers 42.6 inches of headroom, 41.2 inches of legroom, 62.4 inches of shoulder room, and 59.1 inches of hip room. This gives it an extra 2.7 inches of headroom, 2.3 inches of legroom, 1.7 inches of shoulder room, and 1.4 inches of hip room compared to the QX60.

The 2019 Buick Enclave’s second row has 39.9 inches of headroom, 38.9 inches of legroom, 61.7 inches of shoulder room, and 57.7 inches of hip room. The QX60 beats it in second-row legroom by 2.8 inches, but the Buick offers an extra 1.7 inches of headroom, 1.3 inches of shoulder room, and 1.9 inches of hip room.

In the third row, the 2019 Buick Enclave has 37.6 inches of headroom, 33.5 inches of legroom, 57.3 inches of shoulder room, and 48.5 inches of hip room. This gives it a 1.1-inch advantage in headroom, a 2.7-inch advantage in legroom, a 0.2-inch advantage in shoulder room, and a 6.5-inch advantage in hip room compared to the QX60.

In the cargo area, the QX60 has a respectable 16 cubic feet of space with the rear seats upright. With the rear seats folded, this cargo area swells to 76.2 cubes. The Exclave crushes this with 23.6 to 97.6 cubes of cargo room.

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Simple interior with minimal clutter
  • Premium look and feel — even the standard cloth upholstery
  • Class-leading in-cab quietness
  • More passenger room, especially in third row
  • Big cargo room advantage

Advantage: 2019 Infiniti QX60

  • Standard leatherette upholstery
  • Lots of second-row legroom

Performance

The 2019 Buick Enclave comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a nine-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive.

The Enclaves powertrain delivers a 6.6-second 0-to-60 sprint time, according to independent testing, and the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds with the optional towing package. On top of being quick, the Enclave is surprisingly confident in the corners.

The Infiniti QX60 is no slouch with its 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a continuously variable transmission that ships power to the front wheels or all four wheels with optional all-wheel drive.

This powertrain gets the QX60 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, making it a half second slower than the Buick. The QX60 can also tow up to 5,000 pounds, but it lacks the cornering prowess of the Enclave.

Fuel economy isn’t the first, second, or third spec luxury crossover shoppers look at, but it can still play a role in the selection process. The Buick Enclave is quite thirsty at up to 18 mpg city, 26 highway, and 21 combined. The QX60 delivers a slightly better 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Buick Enclave

  • Surprisingly quick
  • Confident cornering and comfy ride
  • Supremely quiet

Advantage: 2019 Infiniti Q60

  • Glass-smooth ride
  • Small fuel economy advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Buick Enclave is available in four trim levels — Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir — and these trims’ starting prices range from $41,195 to $54,695.

Only two trim levels make up the 2019 Infiniti QX60 lineup: PURE and LUXE. The PURE and LUXE trim levels start from $44,250 and $46,050, respectively.

2019 Buick Enclave Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Preferred: $41,195

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electric power steering
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strips
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Hands-Free power programmable liftgate with LED logo projection
  • Heated power outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Automatic-on/off LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Chrome body-side moldings
  • Rocker-panel moldings
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Upper and lower active grille shutters
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips
  • Cloth seating
  • 4.2-inch driver-information display
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row bench
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted control
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Two front, two second-row, and two third-row USB ports
  • Universal home remote
  • Buick Infotainment System with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Cruise control
  • Floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless unlock and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • OnStar
  • Power windows
  • Rear climate controls
  • Remote ignition
  • Bright door-sill plates
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera

Essence: $43,195

  • All Preferred features, plus
  • Perforated leather seating
  • In-vehicle air ionizer
  • Blind-zone monitoring
  • Lane-change alert
  • Rear cross-traffic warning

Premium: $49,295

  • All Essence features, plus
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Safety-alert rear seat
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Following distance indicator
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Two-position driver’s seat and side-view mirror memory
  • Bose® performance-enhanced premium 10-speaker system with amp and subwoofer
  • HD Radio
  • Heated power-folding outside rearview mirrors
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power folding 60/40 third row split bench
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Heated steering wheel

Avenir: $54,695

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels with premium Pearl Nickel finish
  • Unique upper and lower grilles, wheels and front door badging
  • Unique Chestnut/Ebony or Ebony interior color including seat stitching and piping
  • Avenir embroidered headrests and floor mats
  • Bold script sill plates all four doors
  • Premium film decor accents
  • Real wood-accented steering wheel
  • 8-inch diagonal Buick Infotainment with navigation
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Power dual moonroof with fixed rear skylight
  • 8-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center
  • Rear camera mirror and surround vision
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents

2019 Infiniti QX60 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

PURE: $44,250

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 18-inch triple five-spoke silver-finish wheels
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Chrome grille
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome window moldings
  • Auto-on/off HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable intermittent front wipers
  • Power-folding, heated, power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Power liftgate
  • Leatherette seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding second row
  • 50/50 split-folding third row
  • Three 12-volt power outlets
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • USB data port
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with one-touch-down operation
  • Power locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Keyless unlock and ignition
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Rear climate control vents
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal home remote
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear-door alert
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection

LUXE: $46,050

  • All PURE features, plus
  • Roof rack side rails
  • Rear bumper protector
  • Two-position driver’s seat, steering wheel, and mirror memory
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Remote ignition
  • Bose 13-speaker audio system

Who Should Buy the 2019 Buick Enclave?

Buyers who put quality and value before a badge will love what the Buick Enclave offers. Sure, it may not have the brand cachet of the QX60, but its value is unmistakable.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Infiniti QX60?

The 2019 Infiniti QX60 is perfect for a younger family that wants a sharper-looking crossover. With its aggressive body lines and busier interior, the QX60 has the aggressive styling the Enclave lacks.

Think the 2019 Buick Enclave is the crossover for your family? Head down to Garber Buick GMC serving the Port St. Lucie, Florida area to test drive it for yourself. Whether you’re commuting to Vero Beach or visiting family in Fort Pierce, the 2019 Buick Enclave will get you there in style and comfort. Can’t make it in today? You can see what 2019 Enclave models we have in stock via our online inventory and pick the one you want before coming in.