2019 Buick Encore vs. 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Encore’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure 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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

208

Neck Injury Risk

26%

29%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

251

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

43%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

394/494 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 Outlander Sport:

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

28 cm

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

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

1.8/.6 kN

1.9/1.9 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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

163

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

518 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

349

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

794 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

Hip Force

707 lbs.

807 lbs.

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

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 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Outlander Sport is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Encore’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Outlander Sport’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Outlander Sport.

There are almost 6 times as many Buick dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

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 Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 167) than the Outlander Sport SE/SEL’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Encore (base engine) is faster than the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.5 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

 

2WD

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

26 city/31 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

25 city/30 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Encore w/Direct Injection Engine’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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Outlander Sport.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Encore’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Outlander Sport:

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Encore stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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

The Encore has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Encore handles at .82 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Encore AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Encore is 3.5 inches shorter than the Outlander Sport, 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Encore has .2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander Sport.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Mitsubishi. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 31% lower rating, Mitsubishi is ranked 21st.

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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Encore and the Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Outlander Sport’s 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.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Encore has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Outlander Sport only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Outlander Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/GT.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Encore has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Outlander Sport’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold winter days, the Encore Essence’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Outlander Sport, including $163 less for a water pump, $236 less for a starter, $240 less for fuel injection, $251 less for a fuel pump, $76 less for front struts and $501 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

 

Encore

Outlander Sport

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 Outlander Sport isn’t in the top three.

The Buick Encore outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by almost three to one during 2017.

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