Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda HR-V VS 2018 Buick Encore Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda HR-V

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2018 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

Both the HR-V 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda HR-V is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

HR-V

Encore

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

321 lbs.

388 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

385 lbs.

672 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

203

382

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Encore have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine Comparison

The HR-V’s 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (141 vs. 138) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda HR-V is faster than the Buick Encore (base engine) (automatics tested):

 

HR-V

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

10.5 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

18.1 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Encore:

 

 

HR-V

Encore

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

27 city/33 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

 

 

n/a

25 city/33 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/31 hwy

26 city/31 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl. (153 HP)/Auto

 

 

n/a

24 city/30 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl. (138 HP)/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The HR-V stops shorter than the Encore:

 

HR-V

Encore

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The HR-V AWD has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the HR-V AWD 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 HR-V’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Encore (102.8 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Encore pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The HR-V EX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Encore AWD (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the HR-V has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (6.7 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the HR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Buick Encore.

Passenger Space Comparison

The HR-V has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (100.1 vs. 92.8).

The HR-V has .4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The HR-V has a standard locking fuel door 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.

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Encore’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Encore, including $214 less for a water pump, $211 less for an alternator, $160 less for front brake pads, $71 less for a fuel pump and $145 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda HR-V and the Buick Encore, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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