2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2020 Buick Encore

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Safety

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

The Renegade Sport/Latitude/Limited offers an optional Active Braking, which uses 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.

Both the Renegade 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Jeep Renegade is safer than the Buick Encore:

Renegade

Encore

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

320 lbs.

388 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

222

382

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

593 lbs.

707 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 16 percent more Jeep dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Renegade has a standard 150-amp alternator (160-amp - Renegade Auto). The Encore’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Renegade has a standard 500-amp battery. The Encore’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 39 more horsepower (177 vs. 138) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (180 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 Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore:

Renegade

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Encore FWD (24 city/32 hwy vs. 25 city/30 hwy).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Encore.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Renegade

Encore

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.6 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Encore:

Renegade

Encore

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Renegade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R18).

The Renegade Latitude/Limited’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’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Encore, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Renegade 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 Renegade has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Renegade flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Encore doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Renegade Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Encore’s (35.3 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The Renegade’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Encore’s (36.3 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Renegade has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Renegade to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Renegade Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 2.5 inches higher than on the Encore (8.7 vs. 6.2 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Renegade (except Trailhawk) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Encore doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (100.1 vs. 92.8).

The Renegade has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

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

Renegade

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

28.9”/59”

28.5”/55.8”

Min Width

37.6”

36”

Height

33.7”

31.8”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Encore doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Renegade 4x4 2.4 4 cyl. offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Encore has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade’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 Renegade’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’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Renegade 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 avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Encore doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Renegade Latitude/Limited 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.

The Renegade’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Encore doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The Renegade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Renegade will retain 45.96% to 48.34% 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 Renegade is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost much less on the Renegade than the Encore, including $70 less for a muffler, $17 less for front brake pads, $48 less for a fuel pump, $181 less for a timing belt/chain and $207 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Buick Encore by 3989 units during 2018.

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