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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 Porsche Macan has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
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 Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Encore and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and rear parking sensors.
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 Macan has not been tested, yet.
Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Encore 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Macan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Macan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 10 times as many Buick dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Encore’s warranty.
The Buick Encore’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Macan’s 3.0 turbo V6 and 2.9 turbo V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Encore third among small suvs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Macan 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 Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 24th, below the industry average.
On the EPA test cycle the Encore AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Macan Auto turbo 4 cyl. (24 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Encore uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Macan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
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 Macan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 Macan’s standard 60 series front tires.
For better maneuverability, the Encore’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Macan’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Encore’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Macan Turbo’s (36.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).
The Buick Encore may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1050 pounds less than the Porsche Macan.
The Encore is 1 foot, 4.1 inches shorter than the Macan, making the Encore easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Encore is 6.1 inches narrower than the Macan, making the Encore easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Encore uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Macan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Encore has a much larger cargo volume than the Macan with its rear seat up (18.8 vs. 17.6 cubic feet).
The Encore Preferred offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 Macan’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
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 Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
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 Macan 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 Macan doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Encore is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Insurance will cost less for the Encore owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Encore will cost $2470 to $7250 less than the Macan over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Encore is less expensive to operate than the Macan because it costs $364 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Encore than the Macan, including $148 less for a water pump, $639 less for a muffler, $69 less for front brake pads, $293 less for a starter, $329 less for fuel injection, $96 less for a fuel pump, $382 less for front struts, $429 less for a timing belt/chain and $374 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 $19445 to $42047 less than for the Porsche Macan.
The Buick Encore has won recognition from these important consumer publications:
Consumer Reports® Recommends
Car Book “Best Bet”
The Buick Encore outsold the Porsche Macan by almost five to one during 2019.
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