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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX50 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Buick Encore GX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX50 has standard Rear 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 QX50 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 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.
The Infiniti QX50 weighs 534 to 1073 pounds more than the Buick Encore GX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Encore GX’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.
The QX50’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Encore GX’s (7 vs. 6 years).
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 5 places higher in reliability than Buick.
The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 131 more horsepower (268 vs. 137) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 162) than the Encore GX’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 113 more horsepower (268 vs. 155) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 174) than the Encore GX’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.
The QX50 has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore GX (16 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the QX50’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore GX:
The QX50’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 QX50 has larger standard tires than the Encore GX (235/55R19 vs. 225/55R18). The QX50 Sensory/Autograph’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore GX (255/45R20 vs. 225/55R18).
The QX50 Sensory/Autograph’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 GX’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX50 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the Encore GX. The QX50 Sensory/Autograph has standard 20-inch wheels.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Encore GX doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
For superior ride and handling, the Infiniti QX50 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 QX50 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the QX50 flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore GX’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX50’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the Encore GX (110.2 inches vs. 102.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the QX50 is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Encore GX.
For better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Encore GX’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore GX (8.6 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The QX50 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 3.7 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom, 6.3 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore GX.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX50’s rear seats recline. The Encore GX’s rear seats don’t recline.
The QX50 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore GX with its rear seat up (31.4 vs. 23.5 cubic feet). The QX50 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore GX with its rear seat folded (65.1 vs. 50.2 cubic feet).
Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Encore GX is limited to 1000 pounds. The QX50 AWD offers up to a 3000 lbs. towing capacity.
The QX50 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 Infiniti service is better than Buick. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 21% lower rating, Buick is ranked 8th.
The QX50’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 GX’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.
If the windows are left open on the QX50 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower 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 QX50’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 see further while navigating curves, the QX50 (except Pure/Luxe) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Encore GX doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the QX50 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Encore GX doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the QX50 (except Pure/Luxe/Essential) 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 QX50 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.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX50, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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