2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Buick Encore

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Encore doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Rogue Sport has standard Forward Emergency Braking, 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Encore doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor 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 Rogue Sport 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue Sport is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

Rogue Sport

Encore

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

26%

Neck Stress

224 lbs.

298 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

The Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (141 vs. 138) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Buick Encore (base engine):

 

Rogue Sport

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

10.3 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.2 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.9 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

77.1 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Encore are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue Sport SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore (225/45R19 vs. 215/55R18).

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Encore doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Encore (104.2 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore.

The Rogue Sport SL 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (7.4 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (96 vs. 92.8).

The Rogue Sport has 2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

The Rogue Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in every dimension:

 

Rogue Sport

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.3”/62.3”

28.5”/55.8”

Max Width

54.2”

39.5”

Height

33.3”

31.8”

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport’s 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 standard on the Rogue Sport SV/SL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport (except SV) offers an optional Intelligent 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Encore isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Buick Encore by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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