2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

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 Jeep Renegade has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Encore and the Renegade 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, 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 Jeep Renegade:

 

Encore

Renegade

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

207

Neck Injury Risk

26%

26%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

332 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

18 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

343/366 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

363

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

290/322 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, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the Jeep Renegade:

 

Encore

Renegade

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

140

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

100

322

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

74 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

1087 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 159 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

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

The Encore’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Renegade’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. Jeep doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Renegade.

Reliability

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’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 3 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Encore

Renegade

 

2WD

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

26 city/31 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

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

25 city/30 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

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

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

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

24 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Encore uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Encore has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Renegade (14 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Encore stops much shorter than the Renegade:

 

Encore

Renegade

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

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 Renegade’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 Renegade.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Encore handles at .82 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 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 Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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 Renegade uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Encore has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Encore is 2.6 inches lower than the Renegade (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Encore’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Renegade’s (16.8” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

The Encore has a larger cargo volume than the Renegade with its rear seat up (18.8 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

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 Renegade’s liftover is 30.2 inches.

Servicing Ease

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

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 Renegade 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 Renegade doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Renegade’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Encore’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Renegade Sport.

The Encore has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Encore’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Renegade.

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 Renegade’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $225 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Renegade, including $17 less for a water pump, $459 less for a starter, $25 less for fuel injection and $286 less for front struts.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Buick Encore, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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 Renegade isn’t in the top three.

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