Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Escape VS 2017 Buick Encore Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Escape

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2017 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The Escape Titanium offers optional Active 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 Escape Titanium’s optional 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 Escape and the Encore have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Escape is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

Escape

Encore

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

233/311 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

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

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 Ford Escape is safer than the Buick Encore:

 

Escape

Encore

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

351 lbs.

388 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

649 lbs.

672 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

357

382

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

707 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 40 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Escape has more powerful engines than the Encore:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Escape 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

168 HP

170 lbs.-ft.

Escape 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Encore 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

138 HP

148 lbs.-ft.

Encore 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

153 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore (base engine):

 

Escape

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.4 MPH

79.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escape has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (15.7 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Escape 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

For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore:

 

Escape EcoBoost

Encore

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11 inches

10.6 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Encore:

 

Escape

Encore

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Escape’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore’s 55 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Escape 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 Escape has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escape flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Encore doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Encore (105.9 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Encore pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Encore AWD (27.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (7.8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) 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 Escape has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (98.7 vs. 92.8).

The Escape has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (34 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Encore’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in every dimension:

 

Escape

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

28.5”/55.8”

Max Width

45.6”

39.5”

Min Width

40.4”

36”

Height

34.5”

18.8”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Escape also (except S) offers an optional 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 Escape’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Encore ’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Encore doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Escape’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Encore’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

Both the Escape and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escape 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 Escape Titanium offers an optional 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.

The Escape Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Encore doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $345 less than the Encore over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Escape will retain 45.64% to 48.88% of its original price after five years, while the Encore only retains 42.5% to 43.47%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Encore, including $145 less for a water pump, $297 less for an alternator, $163 less for front brake pads, $44 less for a starter, $62 less for fuel injection, $64 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts and $10 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $565 to $1079 less than for the Buick Encore.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Encore isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Escape outsold the Buick Encore by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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