2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 CR-V has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Encore and the CR-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, 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.

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 CR-V:

 

Encore

CR-V

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

220

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

66 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

283

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

124 lbs.

Neck Compression

104 lbs.

111 lbs.

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

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 CR-V:

 

Encore

CR-V

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

137

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

130 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

125

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

53 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

382

390

Hip Force

707 lbs.

743 lbs.

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

Warranty

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 CR-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 CR-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 CR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Encore’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’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. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CR-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

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

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Encore

CR-V

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

10.6 inches

10.2 inches

The Encore stops much shorter than the CR-V:

 

Encore

CR-V

 

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Encore’s tires are lower profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Encore has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX.

Suspension and Handling

The Encore has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’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 CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

Chassis

The Encore is 1 foot shorter than the CR-V, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Encore is 2.2 inches lower than the CR-V (16.8” vs. 19”). The Encore’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the CR-V’s (16.8” vs. 18”).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Honda is ranked 25th.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Encore and the CR-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 CR-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 CR-V’s power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

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 CR-V LX’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 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 CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

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

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 CR-V’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 CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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 CR-V 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 CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the CR-V, including $332 less for a starter, $234 less for fuel injection, $53 less for a fuel pump, $36 less for front struts and $105 less for a power steering pump.

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