Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Rogue VS 2018 Buick Encore Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Rogue

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2018 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The Rogue has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Encore has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

Rogue

Encore

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

73

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, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue’s standard 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 standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (170 vs. 153) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 23 more horsepower (176 vs. 153) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore:

 

Rogue

Encore

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

9.1 sec

9.4 sec

10.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.1 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

79.5 MPH

77.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Rogue

Encore

 

FWD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

33 city/35 hwy

27 city/33 hwy

1.4 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/34 hwy

26 city/31 hwy

1.4 4 cyl./Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Encore doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

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.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Encore:

 

Rogue

Encore

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 available 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.

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Encore Premium AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rogue SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Encore Premium AWD (28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8.4 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (105.8 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 available rear seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 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 when your hands are full, the Rogue SV/SL’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Encore doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left open on the Rogue the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Encore can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Rogue SL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Rogue (except S) offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Encore doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Encore, including $18 less for a water pump and $155 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Buick Encore, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Buick Encore by almost five to one during 2017.

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