2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Dodge Journey

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The Encore Preferred offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Journey doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Encore offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Journey doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Encore Preferred’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Journey doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Encore Preferred offers optional Ultrasonic Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Journey doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Encore Preferred’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Encore Preferred’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Encore has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Encore and the Journey 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 and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the Dodge Journey:

Encore

Journey

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

158

Neck Injury Risk

26%

27%

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

14 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

502/600 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

321

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

52%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

164 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

631/373 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the Journey:

Encore

Journey

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

4 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

3.9/.1 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.53/.33

.8/.83

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 Buick Encore is safer than the Dodge Journey:

Encore

Journey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

97

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

131 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

156

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

972 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

Hip Force

707 lbs.

712 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Encore the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 192 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Encore’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Journey’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Buick Encore’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Journey’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Encore’s reliability 58 points higher than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Encore third among small suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Journey isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Encore FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Journey (25 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

The Encore has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Journey doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick Encore higher (5 out of 10) than the Dodge Journey (3). This means the Encore produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Journey every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Encore has a manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The Journey doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

A six-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Encore, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a four-speed automatic is available for the Journey.

Tires and Wheels

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The Encore’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Journey SE Value’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Encore has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Journey SE Value.

Suspension and Handling

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The Encore has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Encore AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Journey AWD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Journey SE Value’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.5 feet). The Encore’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Journey Crossroad’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Dodge Journey.

The Encore is 2 feet shorter than the Journey, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Encore has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Journey uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The Encore uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Journey doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

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The Encore has a much larger cargo volume than the Journey with its rear seat up (18.8 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Encore easier. The Encore’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Journey’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 53% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

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The Encore’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Journey’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The Encore’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Journey’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Encore Preferred’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Encore has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Encore, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Encore owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Encore will cost $605 less than the Journey over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Journey, including $58 less for a water pump, $850 less for a muffler, $147 less for a starter, $132 less for fuel injection, $314 less for a fuel pump, $133 less for front struts and $205 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Encore will be $755 to $1998 less than for the Dodge Journey.

Recommendations

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The Buick Encore has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Encore

Journey

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Buick Encore outsold the Dodge Journey by 37% during 2019.

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