Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Buick ENCORE VS 2017 Chevrolet Equinox In IA

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2017 Buick ENCORE

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2017 Buick ENCORE

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Encore Premium has standard Ultrasonic Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Equinox doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Encore and the Equinox 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 cross-path warning.

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 Chevrolet Equinox:

 

Encore

Equinox

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

210

Neck Injury Risk

26%

34%

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

593/626 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

60%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

195 lbs.

Neck Compression

104 lbs.

209 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

520/267 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 Chevrolet Equinox:

 

Encore

Equinox

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

73

79

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

547 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

256

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

48 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

63 G’s

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 Equinox’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 Chevrolet covers the Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Encore’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Equinox runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Encore has a 130-amp alternator. The Equinox’s standard 120-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 15% better than the Equinox.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 172) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Encore

Equinox

 

2WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

26 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

V6/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 Equinox doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Encore stops much shorter than the Equinox:

 

Encore

Equinox

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

154 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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Encore handles at .82 G’s, while the Equinox Premier AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Encore is 1 foot, 7.4 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Encore is 1.2 inches lower than the Equinox (16.8” vs. 18”). The Encore’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Equinox’s (16.8” vs. 18.25”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Encore’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Equinox’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Keyless Access standard on the Encore allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Encore’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Encore’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Equinox LT/Premier.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Encore’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Encore’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $558 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Equinox, including $264 less for a water pump, $27 less for an alternator, $101 less for a starter, $172 less for fuel injection, $437 less for a fuel pump and $263 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Buick Encore, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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