Buick Encore  vs Subaru XV Crosstrek 

Buick Encore FWD

  • $24k
  • 1.4L
  • 25 city 33 hwy
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)

Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

  • $22k
  • 2.0L Flat 4
  • 23 city 30 hwy
Rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman deliver engaging on-road performance and laudable fuel economy, but the new XV Crosstrek supplements its solid road manners with a surprising level of off-road proficiency and the best fuel economy of any all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV on the market.
by KBB (Mar, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of FWD vs 2.0i Premium


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Buick Encore FWD 

RideNerd recommends the Buick Encore FWD  based on its air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Encore vs XV Crosstrek

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

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

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Buick Encore

Reasons to consider the
Buick Encore FWD

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Far better EPA smog score 6 vs 5 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Front view of Subaru XV Crosstrek

Reasons to consider the
Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

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Slightly lower MSRP $22k vs $24k Around 10% cheaper sticker price
Slightly better city driving range 365 miles vs 350 miles Around 5% further in the city

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

$24,200 13.2¢/mile Buick Encore
Subaru XV Crosstrek $21,995 14.4¢/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 Subaru XV Crosstrek is cheaper (per year) for infrequent and average drivers, but the Buick Encore is cheaper for heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Buick Encore Subaru XV Crosstrek
Price $4,840 ($24,200) $4,399 ($21,995)
Fuel $1,978 (2,673 gallons) $2,160 (2,918 gallons)
City 25 MPG 23 MPG
Highway 33 MPG 30 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Encore  vs XV Crosstrek 

The front strut suspension is essentially carried over from the Impreza, while the rear double-wishbone setup comes with pillow-ball bushings, which Subaru says helps ride comfort, stability, and agility.
XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium


Premium models equipped with a manual gearbox feature an AWD system with a 50/50 front/rear power distribution, while automatic transmissions are coupled to an adaptive system that automatically proportions power to the wheels with the most grip.2.0-liter boxer-4148 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (manual), 25/33 mpg (automatic).
XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium


7.8 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Encore  vs
XV Crosstrek 
Brand Buick Subaru
Model year 2013 2013
City range 350 miles 365 miles
Highway range 462 miles 477 miles
MSRP $24k $22k
Annual cost $6,780 $6,517

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 Flat 4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD 5-speed Manual 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes No
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $1,000
Navigation system N/A Optional, $1,200
Roof rails Optional, $245 Optional
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Optional, $260
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Encore  vs
XV Crosstrek 
EPA smog score 6 5
EPA GHG score 7 7
Combined CO2/mile 317 g 346 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

power & handling

Max torque 148 ft-lb @ 1,850 RPM 145 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Max HP 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM 148 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 23.12 lb/hp 20.86 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 feet 34.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Double wishbone
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc 11.61 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.59 in Disc 10.79 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 225
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 55

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 N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 69.9 in 70.1 in
Front track width 60.6 in 60 in
Height 65.2 in 63.6 in
Ground clearance 6.2 in 8.7 in
Length 168.4 in 175.2 in
Wheelbase 100.6 in 103.7 in
Curb weight 3,190 lb 3,087 lb
GVWR 4,255 4,343
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 51 ft³ 56 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³ 42 ft³
Buick Encore FWD
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Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium
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