Jones Auto Centers Compares 2016 Jeep Compass VS 2016 Buick Encore Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2016 Jeep Compass

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2016 Jeep Compass

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2016 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

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The Compass has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Encore doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Compass 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

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 Jeep Compass is safer than the Buick Encore:

Compass

Encore

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

96 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

369 lbs.

388 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

581 lbs.

672 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

303

382

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

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Compass has a standard 525-amp battery. The Encore’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The Compass’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (158 vs. 138) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Compass’ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (158 vs. 153) than the Encore Sport Touring’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Compass’ optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (172 vs. 153) than the Encore Sport Touring’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Jeep Compass 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Buick Encore (base engine) (automatics tested):

Compass

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

10.1 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.8 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81 MPH

77.1 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Compass stops shorter than the Encore:

Compass

Encore

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Compass Latitude’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore (225/60R17 vs. 215/55R18).

The Compass offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Encore, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Compass 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 Compass has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Compass 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 Compass’ wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the Encore (103.7 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Compass’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Encore’s (35.6 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Compass has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8.1 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Compass to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Compass w/Freedom Drive II’s minimum ground clearance is 2.9 inches higher than on the Encore (9.1 vs. 6.2 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Compass has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (101.3 vs. 92.8).

The Compass has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Compass Latitude’s rear seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Compass has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (22.7 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Compass has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (53.6 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

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

Compass

Encore

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

32.5”/63”

28.5”/55.8”

Max Width

45.3”

39.5”

Min Width

38”

36”

Height

26.7”

18.8”

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Compass will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Compass will retain 47.77% to 49.3% 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 Compass is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost less on the Compass than the Encore, including $101 less for a water pump, $39 less for an alternator, $156 less for front brake pads, $64 less for a fuel pump and $169 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Compass will be $2225 to $3665 less than for the Buick Encore.

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