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The Venza has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Encore GX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Venza XLE/Limited has standard Rear Automated Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Encore GX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Venza. But it costs extra on the Encore GX.
The Venza’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Encore GX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Venza and the Encore GX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.
The Toyota Venza weighs 574 to 888 pounds more than the Buick Encore GX. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Venza for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Buick only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Encore GX.
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Venza’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Encore GX’s camshafts. If the Encore GX’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
The battery on the Venza is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Venza’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Encore GX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Buick is ranked 18th.
The Venza’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 82 more horsepower (219 vs. 137) than the Encore GX’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Venza’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 64 more horsepower (219 vs. 155) than the Encore GX’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.
On the EPA test cycle the Venza CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Encore GX 1.3 turbo 3 cyl. AWD Auto (40 city/37 hwy vs. 26 city/29 hwy).
The Venza has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore GX (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Venza’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore GX:
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Venza XLE/Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The Encore GX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Venza has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Encore GX has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Venza has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Venza flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore GX’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Venza’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the Encore GX (105.9 inches vs. 102.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Venza is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore GX.
For better maneuverability, the Venza LE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Encore GX’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The Venza has 2.5 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore GX.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Venza’s rear seats recline. The Encore GX’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore GX with its rear seat up (28.8 vs. 23.5 cubic feet). The Venza has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore GX with its rear seat folded (55.1 vs. 50.2 cubic feet).
An available locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Venza. The Encore GX doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Venza’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Encore GX’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.
If the windows are left open on the Venza the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Encore GX can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Venza (except LE) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Encore GX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Venza has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Encore GX Select/Essence.
Both the Venza and the Encore GX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Venza has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Encore GX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Venza has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Encore GX Essence offers wireless charging and it costs extra.
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