2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Acura RDX

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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 Acura RDX has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Encore and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Encore’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RDX’s (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. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.

There are almost 8 times as many Buick dealers as there are Acura 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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Encore

RDX

 

2WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/6-spd. Auto

26 city/31 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/6-spd. Auto

24 city/29 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Encore uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RDX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Encore stops much shorter than the RDX:

 

Encore

RDX

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Encore handles at .82 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the RDX’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 700 pounds less than the Acura RDX.

The Encore is 1 foot, 6.4 inches shorter than the RDX, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Encore has .5 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the RDX.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Acura. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 5% lower rating, Acura is ranked 12th.

Ergonomics

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

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 RDX 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 RDX because it costs $189 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the RDX, including $54 less for a water pump, $67 less for front brake pads, $266 less for a starter, $151 less for fuel injection, $99 less for a fuel pump, $70 less for front struts and $718 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Encore will be $6265 to $7027 less than for the Acura RDX.

Recommendations

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The Buick Encore outsold the Acura RDX by 46% during 2018.

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