2021 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue

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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 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Encore and the Rogue 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:

Encore

Rogue

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

122

294

Neck Injury Risk

26%

31%

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

298

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

63%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

104 lbs.

109 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

393/402 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 Nissan Rogue:

Encore

Rogue

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

477 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

142

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

783 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

382

547

Hip Force

707 lbs.

784 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Encore’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Rogue’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’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’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 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:

Encore

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.2 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 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:

Encore

Rogue

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.65 inches

The Encore stops shorter than the Rogue:

Encore

Rogue

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

142 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 S/SV’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 Rogue S/SV.

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’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Encore AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue.

The Encore is 1 foot, 4.1 inches shorter than the Rogue, 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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

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 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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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Encore has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Encore and the Rogue 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 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’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’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Encore’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rogue.

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 Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 Rogue 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 Rogue because it costs $337 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Rogue, including $175 less for a starter, $322 less for fuel injection, $71 less for a fuel pump, $208 less for a timing belt/chain and $727 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

Encore

Rogue

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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