2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Cadillac XT5

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Safety

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Both the Encore and the XT5 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, 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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There are over 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.

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 XT5.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 19 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Encore gets better fuel mileage than the XT5:

 

 

Encore

XT5

 

2WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

26 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

25 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

Brakes and Stopping

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The Encore stops much shorter than the XT5:

 

Encore

XT5

 

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

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 XT5’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the XT5’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Encore’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1000 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.

The Encore is 1 foot, 9.1 inches shorter than the XT5, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Encore is 5.1 inches narrower than the XT5, making the Encore easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Encore uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XT5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Encore has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 2.8 inches more rear headroom than the XT5.

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 XT5 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 XT5 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $531 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the XT5, including $156 less for a water pump, $328 less for a muffler, $136 less for a starter, $314 less for fuel injection, $321 less for a timing belt/chain and $310 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

 

Encore

XT5

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 XT5 isn’t in the top three.

The Buick Encore outsold the Cadillac XT5 by 29% during 2017.

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