2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Buick Encore are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport 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, 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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Encore

Outlander Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

208

Neck Injury Risk

26%

29%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

412 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

334/511 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

251

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

43%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

221 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

394/494 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 Outlander Sport:

Encore

Outlander Sport

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.53/.33

.68/.36

Tibia forces R/L

1.8/.6 kN

1.9/1.9 kN

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 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

Encore

Outlander Sport

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

163

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

163 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

518 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

349

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

794 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

Hip Force

707 lbs.

807 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 Outlander Sport is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

The Buick Encore has a better fatality history. The Encore was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 8.2% lower per vehicle registered than the Outlander Sport, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty

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There are almost 6 times as many Buick dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much 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 Outlander Sport’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 34 points higher than the Outlander Sport.

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 Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 2 places higher in reliability than Mitsubishi.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Encore is faster than the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder:

Encore

Outlander Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.5 MPH

78.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Encore gets better fuel mileage than the Outlander Sport:

MPG

Encore

2WD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

4WD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Outlander Sport

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/28 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Encore

Outlander Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Encore stops much shorter than the Outlander Sport:

Encore

Outlander Sport

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Encore has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Outlander Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Encore handles at .82 G’s, while the Outlander Sport SE 4WD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Encore AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outlander Sport SE 4WD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Encore is 3.5 inches shorter than the Outlander Sport, 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 Outlander Sport 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 Outlander Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Encore has .2 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Outlander Sport.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Mitsubishi. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 11% lower rating, Mitsubishi is ranked 12th.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Encore and the Outlander Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Encore is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Outlander Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Encore’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 Outlander Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

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 Outlander Sport only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Encore has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Outlander Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/GT.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Encore has standard extendable sun visors. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Encore Preferred offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Outlander Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 $275 to $1890 less than the Outlander Sport over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Outlander Sport because it costs $73 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Outlander Sport, including $171 less for a water pump, $254 less for a starter, $252 less for fuel injection, $266 less for a fuel pump, $77 less for front struts and $512 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

Encore

Outlander Sport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Buick Encore outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by over three to one during 2019.

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