2019 Buick Encore vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

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 Lexus UX Series has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Encore and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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.

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 UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Encore for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the UX Series.

There are over 8 times as many Buick dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Encore has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Encore has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14 vs. 12.4 gallons).

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

The Encore has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Encore is 8.6 inches shorter than the UX Series, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Passenger Space

The Encore has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (92.8 vs. 90.4).

The Encore has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more rear headroom and 2.7 inches more rear legroom than the UX Series.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Encore and the UX Series 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 UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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

The Buick Encore outsold the Lexus UX Series by over 205 to one during 2018.

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