Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Rogue Select VS 2015 Buick Encore Near Dublin, GA

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2015 Nissan Rogue Select

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2015 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The Rogue (except S) offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Encore only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rogue and the Encore 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 and available all-wheel drive.

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 Nissan Rogue is safer than the Encore:

Rogue

Encore

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0

0

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

1.9/.2 kN

7.08/.73 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

11%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.46/.37

1.57/.48

Tibia forces R/L

1.3/.6 kN

1.9/1.4 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 Nissan Rogue is safer than the Buick Encore:

Rogue

Encore

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

81

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

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 Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2014.

Warranty Comparison

The Rogue’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Encore’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (170 vs. 138) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue is faster than the Buick Encore:

Rogue

Encore

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Rogue

Encore

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

26 city/33 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Encore are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the Encore (225/65R17 vs. 215/55R18).

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Encore doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires optional on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Encore doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue 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 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Rogue has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Encore (106.5 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (7.6 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Encore can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 33.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (126.5 vs. 92.8).

The Rogue has 2 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s middle row seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the Encore.

Rogue

Encore

Third Seat Removed

39.3 cubic feet

18.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

48.4 cubic feet

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in every dimension:

Rogue

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

28.5”/55.8”

Min Width

44”

36”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Rogue (except S) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Encore doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Encore can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Rogue SV/SL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Encore doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Rogue has a standard locking fuel cap with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Encore doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Both the Rogue and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Encore doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $73 to $1659 less than for the Buick Encore.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Rogue won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Buick Encore didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Encore was rated second in its category.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Buick Encore by over four to one during the 2014 model year.

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