2019 Buick Encore in Las Cruces vs. 2019 Dodge Journey: Which SUV is the Smarter Buy for Families?

Date Posted: January 28, 2019

The 2019 Buick Encore in Las Cruces is a well-designed SUV that's big on features. Buick's smallest utility vehicle offers optional AWD, some advanced safety tech, and dependable performance. How will it fare against a modern classic like the 2019 Dodge Journey? Read on to discover the answer.

 

Safety Comparison

The 2019 Dodge Journey and the 2019 Buick Encore both have numerous airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, front wheel drive, electronic stability systems, rear view cameras, plastic fuel tanks, available rear parking sensors, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, and traction control. However, they have major differences when it comes to safety.

To secure toddlers during the ride, you can equip your 2019 Dodge Journey with Built-In Child Booster Seats. These are directly attached to the seat which makes them safer during a crash. Since the 2019 Buick Encore doesn't have this feature, you're forced to carry a heavy booster seat in and out every time you switch vehicles, instead of just folding it down conveniently like the built-in seats.

In the event of a rear-end collision, the 2019 Dodge Journey protects passengers from neck and spine injuries using the standard Active Head Restraints. You don't get this type of whiplash protection system in the Buick Encore.

According to the NHTSA, heavier SUVs are much safer during a crash. The Dodge Journey is heavier by up to 1001 pounds than the 2019 Buick Encore. The 2019 Dodge Journey also performed better than the 2019 Buick Encore on side impact tests and 35 mph front crash tests from the NHTSA.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Buick Encore can seat five people, but the 2019 Dodge Journey provides optional seating for up to seven. To make the trip comfortable for everyone, you can recline the middle and third-row seats on the Dodge Journey but not on the Buick Encore.

The 2019 Dodge Journey is roomier than the 2019 Buick Encore with 28.9 cubic feet more interior volume, so it never feels cramped, even with every seat occupied. The Dodge Journey also has a cargo area that's larger in every dimension compared to the 2019 Buick Encore (67.6 cubic feet versus 48.4 cubic feet).

When it comes to utility and convenience, the 2019 Dodge Journey continues to deliver more than the 2019 Buick Encore. Need to leave some valuables in your car? Keep them safe in the standard locking glovebox, a feature not offered on the 2019 Buick Encore. On a hot day, you can use the keyless remote to open the window on the Dodge Journey, but you need to turn the ignition on and enter the vehicle just to lower the windows on the Buick Encore.

You also need to pay more if you'd like dual air-conditioning on your Buick Encore, but this feature is standard on the 2019 Dodge Journey. In addition, the Dodge Journey has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep occupants comfortable no matter the weather. The Buick Encore only has heat vents.

Reliability Comparison

The standard 160-amp alternator on the 2019 Dodge Buick recharges the battery and powers the ignition reliably. At just 130-amp, the Buick Encore's alternator is weaker.

In case of handling large electrical loads or starting the vehicle in cold weather, the Dodge Journey has a much more reliable and powerful 525-amp battery compared to the Buick Encore's 438-amp battery.

To make sure you can depend on your battery for as years to come, it's located on the front fender on the 2019 Dodge Journey. In contrast, the battery on the 2019 Buick Encore is in the hot engine compartment, which can degrade battery life.

Engine Comparison

Under the hood, the 2019 Dodge Journey's 2.4L 4-Cyl has more power to offer than the 2019 Buick Encore's 1.4L turbo 4-Cyl (173 hp versus 138 hp). The Dodge Journey V6 also tested faster than the 2019 Buick Encore, needing only 7.5 seconds to go from 0-60mph instead of 10.7 seconds in the Buick Encore.

To keep the 2019 Dodge Journey controlled around corners, it is equipped with both front and rear stabilizer bars. The 2019 Buick Encore does not have a rear stabilizer bar. The 2019 Dodge Journey FWD is much more fuel efficient than the 2019 Buick Encore as well (20.5 gallons versus 14 gallons.)

In a side-by-side comparison, the 2019 Dodge Journey easily outshines the 2019 Buick Encore in Las Cruces. It's the ideal family SUV- confident, practical, and filled with comfort and convenience features for fun and stress-free drives. Click to contact us and learn more about the 2019 Dodge Journey.

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