2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue 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 Nissan Rogue Sport has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Encore and the Rogue Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 Nissan Rogue Sport:

Encore

Rogue Sport

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

326

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

71 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

207

398

Chest Compression

.3 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

65%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

260 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

328/396 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 Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are over 84 percent more Buick dealers than there are Nissan 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 Rogue Sport’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Encore has a standard 130-amp alternator. The Rogue Sport’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Encore third among small suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Rogue Sport 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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 13th.

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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Encore is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Encore

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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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 Rogue 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 Rogue Sport:

Encore

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.65 inches

The Encore stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Encore

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

139 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 Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Encore has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Encore AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Encore is 4.4 inches shorter than the Rogue Sport, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Passenger Space

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The Encore has .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

Servicing Ease

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The Encore has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 25% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Encore and the Rogue 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 Rogue 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 Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

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 Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Encore’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Rogue Sport SV/SL.

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 $435 less than the Rogue Sport over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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

Encore

Rogue Sport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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