The 2022 Buick Enclave vs. the 2022 Dodge Durango

Everyone wants to find a car that best suits their lifestyle and that complements and supports their activities well. However, there may be one group in particular that just can’t afford to pick the wrong car: road trippers. At least those who use their cars for city driving or commuting know that they will never sit in their car for too long. When you go on a multi-day or even multi-week road trip, that car becomes your second home; any element of it that is inconvenient or inconvenient is amplified by the length of the journey. Today we look at the 2022 Buick Enclave vs 2022 Dodge Durango in our search for the perfect road trip vehicle.

When looking for a car that is ready for the road trip life, there are a few things to keep in mind. The comfort of the driver is of the utmost importance because the driver is responsible for getting the whole group from point A to point B, no matter how great the distance between them. If the driver is not happy, everyone suffers.

Passengers should of course also feel comfortable. Tensions can quickly run high on a road trip if rear-seat passengers feel like they’ve lost out on their seat (center back seat, I’m looking at you). A great road trip car is one in which every seat feels like “the right seat” and a driver has everything he needs to transport the group safely and comfortably to the final destination. Let’s see how the latest Buick Enclave and Dodge Durango hold up in these areas.

Comfort rear seat passengers

It’s always great to see the great minds behind a vehicle have thought about how people live today. The real, current habits and preferences of passengers and drivers should always be top-of-mind for vehicle designers. The Buick Enclave of 2022 did not disappoint in this area.

With its 120-volt, three-prong, household plug-in in the back seat – in addition to two USB chargers – the Enclave delivers excellent passenger comfort. The fact that these features are placed in the back seat so that passengers don’t have to reach forward and disturb a driver is already a bonus. Then add in the choice between a three-pin plug-in or USB ports and Buick seems to have thought of everything. Working on a laptop, reading on an iPad, playing a video game console or listening to an audiobook on a handheld device are activities that passengers expect today. If the battery runs out on the road, a backseat of passengers quickly becomes restless and unhappy. That shouldn’t be a problem in the 2022 Enclave.

The 2022 Dodge Durango also did its best to make sure rear seat passengers don’t feel resentment about their seating arrangements. The second and third rows of the R/T Plus have their own mini consoles and the second row has its own cup holders. Those extra cup holders are a must-have on a long car ride, when tasty snacks and refreshing drinks are just as important as a full tank of gas. The third row could unfortunately be a little jealous that they don’t get cup holders as well. They will have to divide with the second row.

There’s one more thing about the 2022 Buick Enclave that really stood out and made this a road trip choice: rear-seat climate control. Passengers in the rear do not have to submit to the temperature choices of the driver and front passenger. They have their own rear controls, giving them the ability to create their own perfect climate. After all, no one wants to feel too hot or too cold for an entire road trip. It’s also worth noting that the 2022 Enclave has a generous amount of leg and headroom for second-row passengers, making it a great choice for those with tall friends and relatives.

Comfort front passenger seat

The front passenger is the copilot; they keep the driver busy; they help them with clues. They are a crucial part of the road trip, so it is essential that they are comfortable. On the 2022 Dodge Durango R/T Plus, the passenger can enjoy the power sunroof with the driver, in addition to the full leather armrest and ventilated napa leather seat. However, we don’t feel like too many special additions have been made to the Durango’s front passenger seat to make it stand out.

The 2022 Buick Enclave truly treats the front passenger like royalty, as they will love the available lumbar support with power control and an available massage function. It’s hard to beat with a massage-capable seat for the front passenger. This alone makes the 2022 Buick Enclave the winner for us in front passenger comfort.

Driver comfort and convenience

Last but certainly not least is the comfort of the driver. The driver on a road trip is the captain of the journey. They should have absolutely everything at their fingertips to navigate the road, keep passengers happy and feel comfortable. Let’s see how these two cars compare to keep the captain happy.
The 2022 Dodge Durango RT/Plus will have the option to have navigation details appear on the cluster, reducing the need to stretch your head to look for directions. The driver will also enjoy a ventilated nappa leather seat to keep him cool when it’s hot.

The 2022 Buick Enclave has a leather-wrapped steering wheel. When cold temperatures make hands stiff, it can make long rides especially difficult, so I personally love this feature. The handlebar has another thoughtful innovation: a large opening in the bottom center for those who like to keep a hand on it while driving. This increases legroom and reduces hand discomfort on long stretches of road.

cargo

Going on a road trip means packing a lot of stuff. Between a cool box full of snacks, everyone’s luggage, activity gear and more, the trunk quickly fills up. A car just isn’t a great car for a road trip without enough storage space.
Both the 2022 Buick Enclave and 2022 Dodge Durango offer a generous amount of storage space. The Dodge Durango has a 50/50 split fold rear seat, making it easy to expand storage space as needed. The Buick Enclave also has a large trunk and a third row that folds completely flat.

One thing that sets the Buick above Dodge here is the rear seat power control, which lets you fold it down at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of struggling to manually fold down seats, to manually put them back up after your trip. In addition, the Enclave has a more spacious cabin, with a capacity of up to 97.4 cu.ft. of cargo space-compared to the Durango’s 85.1. The difference of more than 12 cu.ft. is huge, and one would be happy with it.

A red 2022 Buick Enclave is shown from the side around a city corner.

The last word

Overall, both the 2022 Buick Enclave and the 2022 Dodge Durango are impressive road trip-ready vehicles. It is clear that the manufacturers of these cars have paid a lot of attention to the real experiences of drivers and passengers during long car journeys. Each is packed with thoughtful, useful, and intuitive features that solve many of the problems associated with long hours of being stuck.

I did feel that the 2022 Buick Enclave has some standout features that make it the winner here. It’s hard to beat that massage feature on both the driver and front passenger seats. This is especially useful for reducing back pain – a common side effect of long-term driving. The three-prong and USB plugs in the second row are particularly nice extras that allow passengers to enjoy their favorite devices on road trips.

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