Both the Buick Enclave and Honda Pilot are well-regarded mid-size SUV crossovers that share many traits. But at this juncture, they are a bit like ships passing in the night. The Buick Enclave was completely renewed for 2018, while the Honda Pilot was last redesigned for 2016. That means the current Pilot is due to be revamped again soon while the Enclave you buy today should continue to look contemporary for several years into the future.
Both Enclave and Pilot have collected positive owner response by research organizations who gather that data. Previous model-year Enclaves scored above average in the most recent Initial Quality and Vehicle Dependability studies from J.D. Power. Despite Honda’s reputation for quality, the Pilot was rated only average in those same studies. In contrast, Consumer Reports gave the Pilot a “recommended” rating but didn’t give that rating to the Enclave.