2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Buick Encore

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Encore offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Encore doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Encore 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 Honda CR-V is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

CR-V

Encore

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

298 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

38%

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

249/289 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 Honda CR-V is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

CR-V

Encore

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

354 lbs.

388 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

609 lbs.

672 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

46 G’s

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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Encore isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 46 more horsepower (184 vs. 138) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 148) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (184 vs. 153) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 37 more horsepower (190 vs. 153) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Buick Encore:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Encore

Encore DI

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

9.4 sec

10.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

17.1 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

79.5 MPH

77.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Encore:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Encore

 

FWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)

26 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)

25 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)

24 city/29 hwy

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Encore doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops much shorter than the Encore:

 

CR-V

Encore

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Encore (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R18).

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Encore has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The CR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Encore (104.7 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Encore.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8.2 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Encore doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (105.9 vs. 92.8).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Encore’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

28.5”/55.8”

Max Width

54”

39.5”

Min Width

41.5”

36”

Height

41”

31.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Encore doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Encore doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Encore has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Encore’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Encore can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Encore doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the CR-V and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Encore doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Encore doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Encore only retains 41.19% to 42.63%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Encore because it costs $216 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Encore, including $103 less for a water pump, $200 less for a muffler, $169 less for front brake pads and $307 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $1777 to $2060 less than for the Buick Encore.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Encore

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Encore was rated second in its category.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Encore has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Encore has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Buick Encore by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos