The compact crossover vehicle segment is possibly the most competitive on the market right now but two of these small SUVs stand out in the crowd – the 2017 Buick Encore and the 2017 Honda HR-V. Both have two rows of comfortable seats and comparable cargo capacity, but let’s test their engines, added features, and safety ratings to see which of these better suits your needs. Contact us with any additional questions you might have and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect car for you within your budget!
The Encore offers two engine choices, both with 1.4-liter four-cylinders, both turbocharged, both long-stroke designs, but the option is within the engine – allowing you to upgrade to a sportier injection option and compression ratio for more pep on the pedal. The engine produces a hefty 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. This model also comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and with the advanced engine you can opt for all-wheel-drive as well.
In the HR-V, you have only one engine option; a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that earns only an estimated 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission – which is actually pretty rare for an SUV-like vehicle and might appeal to certain people. Or you can upgrade to a fuel conscious continuously variable transmission (CVT) only when you opt for the $1300 all-wheel-drive system.
From the moment you take a seat behind the steering wheel of the Encore, you’ll encounter classic Buick stylings that elevate the whole lineup from ordinary to extraordinary. For example, the smooth, quiet ride is thanks to Buick QuietTuning technology with cloud-like suspension and sporty tuning for agile turns. Luxurious features are at your fingertips with a heated steering wheel option, available heated and cooled seats, and dual climate control so everyone can find their comfort zone. Plus with a moonroof, keyless entry, and a push start, you’ll feel pampered with every drive.
Inside the Honda HR-V, you’ll discover heated seats as well and a climate control on a touchscreen, so the perfect temperature is always at your fingertips. The available leather makes the seats more durable and accommodating for cleaning up spills and messes. And thanks to the Honda second-row Magic Seat functionality with a 60/40 split, you can make room for new cargo quickly and easily, with room to fit nearly four vertical feet of cargo or eight feet horizontally when you put the passenger seat down. You can handle whatever life throws at you.
With a Five-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety (out of five) from the NHTSA, the 2017 Buick Encore ensures your safety on the road in almost every circumstance. You can look forward to Side Blind Zone Alert on your exterior mirrors, Lane Departure Warning with audible and visible alerts to help you stay in your lane, and a rearview camera that also provides Rear Cross Traffic Alerts to help you navigate tight spaces. You’ll never have to second-guess your safety thanks to the cutting-edge features on the Encore.
The HR-V has such innovative and sound safety features that the NHTSA gave it a Five-Star Safety Rating (out of five). Starting with the frame of the body of the HR-V, engineers thought through every detail to ensure safety on the road. They added a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera to help you prevent accidents in tight spaces and added Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control to help you stay on track should you under or oversteer to avoid unwanted circumstances. All this and more is waiting for you in the 2017 Honda HR-V.
Both vehicles have excellent qualities that make them top choices in this segment, but when it comes to having the complete package with a touch of luxury, the 2017 Buick Encore is a clear winner. It sports a more agile driving experience with extra polish in the cabin to make this crossover comfortable enough for long road trips as well as zippy enough for your daily commute. The advanced safety features provide an added level of peace of mind that is hard to replicate with any other vehicle.
Stop by our showroom today to take a test drive of the 2017 Buick Encore and discover your reason to love this compact crossover.