Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Buick ENCORE VS 2018 Honda HR-V In IA

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2018 Buick ENCORE

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2018 Buick ENCORE

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2018 Honda HR-V

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 Honda HR-V has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Encore Premium has a standard collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The HR-V doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Encore Premium’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The HR-V doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 HR-V doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Encore has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The HR-V doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Encore and the HR-V 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, 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 Honda HR-V:

 

Encore

HR-V

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

481

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

41%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

218 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

574/500 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the HR-V:

 

Encore

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

107

185

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.53/.33

.56/.48

Tibia forces R/L

1.8/.6 kN

2.4/1.5 kN

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 Honda HR-V:

 

Encore

HR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

148

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

158 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

357

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

59 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

799 lbs.

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the HR-V:

 

Encore

HR-V

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

POOR

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Criterion

189

217

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

148

184

Shoulder Movement

16 mm

26 mm

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Encore the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 133 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The HR-V is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

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

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

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Encore for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the HR-V.

There are almost 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Encore has a standard 438-amp battery. The HR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Encore third among small suvs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The HR-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick third in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

The Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. The Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (153 vs. 141) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 127) than the HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Buick Encore (base engine) is faster than the Honda HR-V (automatics tested):

 

Encore

HR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.4 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Encore w/Direct Injection Engine offers an available system to automatically turn off the engine 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 HR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Encore has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The HR-V doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Encore’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the HR-V:

 

Encore

HR-V

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.5 inches

The Encore stops much shorter than the HR-V:

 

Encore

HR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Encore has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the HR-V.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Encore handles at .82 G’s, while the HR-V EX-L AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the HR-V’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Encore has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The HR-V uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Encore has .1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.7 inches more rear hip room than the HR-V.

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 HR-V doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 HR-V 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 HR-V doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Encore and the HR-V 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 HR-V 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 HR-V’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Encore’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The HR-V LX/EX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. 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 HR-V EX-L’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 HR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L.

The Encore’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the HR-V EX/EX-L.

When the Encore Essence/Premium 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 HR-V’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 HR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Encore has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The HR-V doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 HR-V doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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 HR-V 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 HR-V because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the HR-V, including $312 less for a starter, $62 less for fuel injection, $230 less for front struts and $131 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Buick Encore has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Encore

HR-V

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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

The Encore is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The HR-V is not ranked.

The Buick Encore outsold the Honda HR-V by 5% during the 2016 model year.

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