2019 Buick Encore vs 2019 Honda HR-V 

2019 Buick Encore vs 2019 Honda HR-V

Between features, performance, safety and reliability, SUV shoppers must sift through incredible amounts of information to find their ideal fit. Even the savviest consumers can get caught up in the swarm of information. That’s why we’ve set out to make vehicle shopping easier by sorting through the data for you. Today, we’ll see how the 2019 Buick Encore and the 2019 Honda HR-V compare when we put them side by side. 

Buick has a well-known talent for crafting luxurious interiors, and the Encore is an excellent example of that. The 2019 Buick Encore lineup samples from an impressive list of high-tech features and upscale comfort amenities. Some options available in the 2019 Buick Encore crossover include Apple CarPlay­ and Android Auto, push-button start, remote engine start, leather seating surfaces, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, dual-zone climate control and a moonroof. The HR-V comes well-equipped but lacks the finesse of the Buick line. The Encore also boasts a more sophisticated setup under the hood. Check out the table below to see how the two models compare in engine performance. 

2019 Buick Encore 


2019 Honda HR-V 

$23,200  Starting MSRP $20,520 
1.4-liter Turbo 4-cylinder  Engine Options  1.8-liter 4-cylinder 
138 – 153 hp  Horsepower  141 hp 
148 – 177 lb.-ft.  Torque 127 lb.-ft. 

2019 Buick Encore and 2019 Honda HR-V Reliability and Safety Ratings 

The Buick Encore clearly offers a more robust engine setup than the Honda HR-V, but a factor just as important as power is reliability. The J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study ranks automakers by long-term dependability based on the number of issues experienced by drivers after three years of ownership. In the 2018 study, J.D. Power ranked Buick 3rd in reliability, which is well above the industry average.  

Landing a 12th-place ranking, Honda fell 9 places behind Buick. The data collected shows that Honda models experienced 24 more problems per 100 vehicles after the three-year period. 

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s side-impact crash tests, both the Encore and the HR-V performed remarkably, scoring 5 stars in both front- and rear-seat safety.  

We do, however, see some differences when we look into the NHTSA’s 35-mph front crash test results. The Encore rated 5 stars for both driver and passenger frontal crash safety. In each category, the HR-V rated 4 stars.