2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Buick Encore are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Encore and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Buick Encore is safer than the GMC Terrain:

Encore

Terrain

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

159

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

376

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

153 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Buick Encore is safer than the GMC Terrain:

Encore

Terrain

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

109

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

195 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

288

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

707 lbs.

730 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 17 percent more Buick dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Buick Encore’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Terrain’s engines use 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 12 points higher than the Terrain.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 8th.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 4 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Encore uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Terrain with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Encore stops much shorter than the Terrain:

Encore

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Terrain’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 Terrain.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Encore’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the GMC Terrain.

The Encore is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than GMC. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, GMC is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Encore’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Encore owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Encore with a number “5” insurance rate while the Terrain is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $564 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Terrain, including $114 less for a water pump, $433 less for a muffler, $191 less for a starter, $366 less for fuel injection, $312 less for a fuel pump, $91 less for a timing belt/chain and $262 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick Encore will be $178 to $5369 less than for the GMC Terrain.

Recommendations

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

Encore

Terrain

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Buick Encore outsold the GMC Terrain by 932 units during 2019.

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