2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Buick Encore

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Safety

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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Encore doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Tucson has standard Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, 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 Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround 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.

The Tucson’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 Tucson 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Buick Encore:

Tucson

Encore

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

26%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

298 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

38%

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

104 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Buick Encore:

Tucson

Encore

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

388 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

482 lbs.

672 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Tucson 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.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 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 Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Encore’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Encore’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Encore isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 9 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (164 vs. 138) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (181 vs. 138) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore:

Tucson

Encore

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (16.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Encore doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore:

Tucson

Encore

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.6 inches

The Tucson stops shorter than the Encore:

Tucson

Encore

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Encore (225/60R17 vs. 215/55R18). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore (245/45R19 vs. 215/55R18).

The Tucson Sport’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 Tucson Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Encore.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Encore’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Tucson has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (6.4 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Tucson to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 9.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (102.2 vs. 92.8).

The Tucson has .7 inches more front legroom, 3.9 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 4.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (31 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

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

Tucson

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

28.5”/55.8”

Max Width

53”

39.5”

Min Width

40.7”

36”

Height

35.2”

31.8”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Encore doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Encore has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Tucson 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 Tucson Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Encore doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Tucson and the Encore offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Encore.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Encore doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Tucson and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 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 Tucson Ultimate has a standard Smart 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Encore doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $300 less than the Encore over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the Encore only retains 36.57% to 40.02%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Encore, including $30 less for a water pump, $29 less for a muffler, $167 less for front brake pads, $110 less for a fuel pump, $9 less for front struts, $425 less for a timing belt/chain and $21 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Buick Encore by 53% during 2018.

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