2019 Buick Encore vs. 2018 Jeep Compass

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Safety

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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 Jeep Compass has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Encore Essence offers optional Ultrasonic Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Compass doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Encore and the Compass have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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.

Warranty

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

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

Buick pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Encore. Buick will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Compass.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Encore’s reliability 53 points higher than the Compass.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 12 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Encore (base engine) is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

 

Encore

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.5 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Encore

Compass

 

2WD

 

n/a

23 city/32 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

26 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

 

n/a

22 city/31 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

25 city/30 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

Transmission

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The Buick Encore comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Compass.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Encore stops much shorter than the Compass:

 

Encore

Compass

 

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 Compass Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Encore has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Compass Sport.

Chassis

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The Encore is 4.6 inches shorter than the Compass, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Compass 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 Compass doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Encore has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Compass.

The front step up height for the Encore is 2.6 inches lower than the Compass (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Encore’s rear step up height is 3.9 inches lower than the Compass’ (16.8” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Encore easier. The Encore’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Compass’ liftover is 31.1 inches.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Jeep. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 66% lower rating, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Encore Essence, 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 Compass doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Encore Essence’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 Compass doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Compass’ standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Encore’s standard doors lock when the transmission is engaged. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

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 Compass has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited.

When the Encore Essence 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 Compass’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Encore owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Encore with a number “5” insurance rate while the Compass is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the Encore than the Compass, including $99 less for a starter, $16 less for fuel injection, $8 less for a fuel pump and $158 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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

 

Encore

Compass

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

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 Compass isn’t in the top three.

The Buick Encore outsold the Jeep Compass by 6% during 2017.

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