Both the EcoSport and the Encore have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 51 percent more Ford dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 13th.
The EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (166 vs. 138) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (149 vs. 148) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.
Regardless of its engine, the EcoSport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Buick only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Encore w/Direct Injection Engine.
The EcoSport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore’s 55 series tires.
For superior ride and handling, the EcoSport 4x4 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 solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
The EcoSport 4x4 has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the EcoSport 4x4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The EcoSport is 7.1 inches shorter than the Encore, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The EcoSport has 2.1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Encore.
The EcoSport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (20.9 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The EcoSport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (50 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).