2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2019 Buick Encore

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Outlander SEL/GT offers optional Forward Collision Mitigation, 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 Outlander (except ES/SE) offers an optional Multi-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Encore only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Outlander and the Encore 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Outlander 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.


The Outlander comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Encore’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Buick covers the Encore. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Encore ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Encore’s (7 vs. 6 years).


The Outlander’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (166 vs. 138) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 148) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Outlander’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (166 vs. 153) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Outlander GT’s standard 3.0 SOHC V6 produces 71 more horsepower (224 vs. 153) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (215 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mitsubishi Outlander 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore:




Encore DI

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

9.4 sec

10.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.1 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.1 MPH

79.5 MPH

77.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Outlander AWC’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (15.8 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (16.6 vs. 14 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mitsubishi Outlander higher (5 out of 10) than the Buick Encore (3). This means the Outlander produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Encore every 15,000 miles.


The Outlander 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 Outlander stops shorter than the Encore:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Outlander has larger tires than the Encore (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R18).

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Outlander 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 Outlander has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outlander 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 Outlander’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the Encore (105.1 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The Outlander SEL AWC handles at .77 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Outlander SEL AWC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Encore AWD (28.8 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Encore’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8.5 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Encore can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 35.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (128.2 vs. 92.8).

The Outlander has 1 inch more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander’s middle row seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Encore.




Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

18.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

63.3 cubic feet

48.4 cubic feet

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Outlander SEL/GT has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Encore doesn’t offer a power liftgate.


The Outlander has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Encore has no towing capacity.


The Outlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Encore’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Outlander 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.

The Outlander ES/SE’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Encore’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Outlander SEL/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Outlander has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Encore.

Both the Outlander and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Outlander 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 Outlander SEL/GT offers an optional 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

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Encore is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Encore, including $202 less for a muffler, $147 less for front brake pads and $213 less for a timing belt/chain.

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