Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Rogue VS 2020 Buick Encore Near Gray, GA

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2020 Nissan Rogue

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2020 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Encore doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Encore doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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 and available all wheel drive.

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 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue third among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Encore isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine Comparison

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

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

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

MPG

Rogue

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Encore

FWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

AWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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

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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 has standard 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

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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 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore.

The Rogue SV AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rogue SV AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (28 seconds @ .59 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

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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 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume 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 volume 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

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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 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

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The Rogue will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Rogue will retain 43.95% to 46.05% of its original price after five years, while the Encore only retains 36.57% to 40.02%.

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 $24 less for a water pump, $21 less for a muffler, $154 less for front brake pads and $36 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Rogue will be $301 to $393 less than for the Buick Encore.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Buick Encore isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Buick Encore by over four to one during 2018.

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