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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Encore GX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
Both the XT4 and the Encore GX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the XT4’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Encore GX’s camshafts. If the Encore GX’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 100 more horsepower (237 vs. 137) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 162) than the Encore GX’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 82 more horsepower (237 vs. 155) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 174) than the Encore GX’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT4’s fuel efficiency. The Encore GX doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The XT4 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore GX (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT4 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore GX (16.3 vs. 13.2 gallons).
For better stopping power the XT4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore GX:
The XT4’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 GX are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the XT4 has larger standard tires than the Encore GX (235/60R18 vs. 225/55R18). The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore GX (245/45R20 vs. 225/55R18).
The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore GX’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Encore GX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
For superior ride and handling, the Cadillac XT4 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 GX has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The XT4 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the XT4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore GX’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The XT4 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Encore GX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT4’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Encore GX (109.4 inches vs. 102.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT4 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore GX.
The XT4 has 3.2 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore GX.
The XT4’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Encore GX’s (2500 vs. 1000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Encore GX is only 1000 pounds. The XT4 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.
The XT4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Encore GX uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Buick. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, Buick is ranked 8th.
The XT4’s front power windows 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 GX’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
On a hot day the XT4’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Encore GX can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The XT4 Luxury’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 GX’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT4 (except Luxury) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Encore GX doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Encore GX offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the XT4 and the Encore GX offer optional heated front seats. The XT4 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Encore GX.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Encore GX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Encore GX.
The XT4 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 is only available on the Encore GX Select/Essence.
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