2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2020 Buick Encore

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Safety

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

The Outlander Sport SE/GT has standard Forward Collision Mitigation, 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.

Both the Outlander Sport 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, 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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Buick Encore:

Outlander Sport

Encore

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

365

382

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

46 G’s

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander Sport its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 174 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty

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The Outlander Sport 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.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport’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 Outlander Sport has a standard 530-amp battery. The Encore’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (148 vs. 138) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (168 vs. 138) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (167 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore:

Outlander Sport

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.7 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (15.8 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (16.6 vs. 14 gallons).

Transmission

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The Outlander 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

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The Outlander Sport stops shorter than the Encore:

Outlander Sport

Encore

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the Encore (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R18).

Suspension and Handling

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

The Outlander Sport SE 4WD handles at .77 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Outlander Sport 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Encore AWD (28.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Outlander Sport’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Encore’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Outlander Sport has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (97.5 vs. 92.8).

The Outlander Sport has .8 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (21.7 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (49.5 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Outlander 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Outlander Sport SE/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Encore is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The Outlander Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Outlander Sport will retain 43.02% to 44.56% 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 Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander Sport than the Encore, including $155 less for a muffler, $153 less for front brake pads and $208 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be $1755 to $2502 less than for the Buick Encore.

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