Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda CR-V VS 2017 Buick Encore Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Honda CR-V

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2017 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, 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 which could reduce stopping distances.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Encore doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-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, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 46 more horsepower (184 vs. 138) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 148) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (184 vs. 153) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 37 more horsepower (190 vs. 153) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the CR-V 1.5 turbo is faster than the Buick Encore (base engine):




Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

79.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

1.4 turbo (138 HP)/Auto


1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

28 city/34 hwy

1.4 turbo (153 HP)/Auto


2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.4 turbo (138 HP)/Auto


1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

1.4 turbo (153 HP)/Auto

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Encore doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops shorter than the Encore:





70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Encore (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V 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 CR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V 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 CR-V’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Encore (104.7 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Encore.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8.2 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Encore doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (105.9 vs. 92.8).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Encore doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for shorter adults, the CR-V Touring has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Encore doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Encore’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the CR-V 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 CR-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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the CR-V and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V 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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda CR-V outsold the Buick Encore by almost five to one during the 2016 model year.

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