Buick Encore  vs Jeep Cherokee 

Buick Encore FWD

  • $24k
  • 1.4L
  • 25 city 33 hwy
Angle view of Buick Encore
Its unique gambit is compact size, luxury accommodations, and excellent versatility offered at base prices ranging from $24,950 to $28,940 for its four trim levels.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)

Jeep Cherokee Sport

  • $23k
  • 2.4L
  • 22 city 31 hwy
Front view of Jeep Cherokee
The front end splits its headlamps and underplays the grille-the one design detail that connotes Jeep no matter where it's seen, around the world.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Encore vs Cherokee

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Encore FWD

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Encore FWD

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Buick Encore

Reasons to consider the
Buick Encore FWD

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Saves slightly on fuel $1,940 vs $2,151 Around 10% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Car-autoblog-first view of Jeep Cherokee

Reasons to consider the
Jeep Cherokee Sport

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Less energy used per car made 2,172 kWh/vehicle vs 2,300 kWh/vehicle 5% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$24,200 13.2¢/mile Buick Encore
Jeep Cherokee $22,995 14.6¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Jeep Cherokee is cheaper (per year) for infrequent drivers, but the Buick Encore is cheaper for average and heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Buick Encore Jeep Cherokee
Price $4,840 ($24,200) $4,599 ($22,995)
Fuel $1,978 (2,673 gallons) $2,193 (2,964 gallons)
City 25 MPG 22 MPG
Highway 33 MPG 31 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Encore  vs
Brand Buick Jeep
Model year 2013 2014
City range 350 miles 347 miles
Highway range 462 miles 489 miles
MSRP $24k $23k
Annual cost $6,780 $6,750

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L 2.4L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD 9-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Multi link
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.59 in Disc 10.94 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 225
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 60

safety features

Active head restraints No Yes
Rear side
Rear side w/head
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera Standard Optional, $345
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 69.9 in 73.2 in
Front track width 60.6 in 62 in
Height 65.2 in 65.7 in
Ground clearance 6.2 in 5.7 in
Length 168.4 in 182 in
Wheelbase 100.6 in 106.3 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 51 ft³ 54 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³ 49 ft³


Encore  vs
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.62 m³ 3.62 m³
CO2 per car made 0.88 metric ton 0.7 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,300 kWh/vehicle 2,172 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 285 kg 219.9 kg

power & handling

Max torque 148 ft-lb @ 1,850 RPM 171 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Max HP 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM 184 HP @ 6,250 RPM
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 feet 37.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes No
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard N/A
CD player Standard Optional, $195
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Optional, $195
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails Optional, $245 N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
Buick Encore FWD
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