Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Buick ENCORE VS 2016 Nissan Rogue In IA

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2017 Buick ENCORE

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2017 Buick ENCORE

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2016 Nissan Rogue

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Buick Encore are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Nissan Rogue doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Encore’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Encore and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Encore

Rogue

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

294

Neck Injury Risk

26%

31%

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

207

298

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

63%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

104 lbs.

109 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

393/402 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

Encore

Rogue

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

477 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

142

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

783 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

382

547

Hip Force

707 lbs.

784 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Encore comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Rogue’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Encore 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Rogue ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Encore’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rogue’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Buick pays for two scheduled maintenance visits on the Encore during the first 2 years and 24,000 miles. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue.

There are almost 3 times as many Buick dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Encore has a standard 130-amp alternator. The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Encore’s reliability will be 50% better than the Rogue.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Encore second among small suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Encore gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue:

Encore

Rogue

2WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

26 city/33 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

26 city/32 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Encore Sport Touring’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Encore stops shorter than the Rogue:

Encore

Rogue

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Encore’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue S/SV’s standard 65 series tires. The Encore’s tires are lower profile than the Rogue SL’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Encore has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue S/SV.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Encore has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Encore AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Encore is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Encore uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rogue doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Encore has a much larger cargo area than the Rogue with its rear seat up (18.8 vs. 9.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Encore offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rogue doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Encore has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Encore Essence/Premium, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Rogue doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Encore Essence/Premium’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rogue doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Encore and the Rogue have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Encore is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Encore’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Encore Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Encore has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Rogue has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Encore’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue and aren’t offered on the Rogue S.

When the Encore with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rogue’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Encore Essence/Premium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Rogue doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Encore offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Encore third among small suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rogue isn’t in the top three in its category.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Buick Encore is ranked first in the Entry CUV category. The Nissan Rogue is ranked below average. The Encore received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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