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There is a fine selection of subcompact SUVs in the segment today, and while they may all seem the same, that couldn't be further from the truth. Here at Shenango Honda, we put two contenders head-to-head to see which one prevails over the other - the 2017 Honda HR-V or the 2017 Buick Encore?
There is a fine selection of subcompact SUVs in the segment today, and while they may all seem the same, that couldn't be further from the truth. Here at Shenango Honda, we put two contenders head-to-head to see which one prevails over the other - the 2017 Honda HR-V or the 2017 Buick Encore?
To start off this friendly competition, we'll take a look at the performance of these vehicles. Although they are in the same class, the HR-V has the upper hand when it comes to drivability. Beneath its hood, you'll find the 1.8L 4-cylinder engine as standard, which cranks out 141 horsepower. If you're behind the wheel of the Encore, you'll only have 138 horsepower at your disposal from its standard 1.4L ECOTEC® powertrain. That's not all, though. The Honda HR-V also boasts 28/34 MPG city/hwy(1), while the Encore offers just 25/33 MPG city/hwy(2).
Along with this, the 2017 HR-V proves to be better equipped when it comes to performance features. Although the Buick Encore puts up a fight, it continues to succumb to the HR-V's capabilities. Available in all trims of the HR-V that are equipped with the CVT is Honda's Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ for enhanced handling when you need it most. The Buick Encore only offers its AWD system in top trims. Depending on your preference, the Honda HR-V also lets you decide between a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT on the two bottom trims - the 2017 Encore only equips a 6-speed automatic transmission across all models.
Not only is ride quality a stark contrast between these two vehicles, but so is interior volume. While the Encore offers a respectable 18.8 cubic ft. of cargo space(3), it's just no match for what the HR-V boasts. Behind the Honda HR-V's second-row seat lies a staggering 24.3 cubic ft. of cargo volume(4). Both of these subcompact SUVs parallel each other in terms of a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which collapses to create more room inside for your cargo. In the HR-V, however, a total 58.8 cubic ft. of room4 is available with the second row flat. Those in the Encore may have a problem bringing along as much as the 2017 HR-V, since it offers a mere 48.4 cubic ft. of total cargo volume3. 
In more ways than one, it's clear the many advantages that the HR-V has over the Encore. Visit us at Shenango Honda to learn more about the winning subcompact SUV in this comparison between the 2017 Honda HR-V vs 2017 Buick Encore in Hermitage, PA. You can find us at 3965 East State Street in Hermitage, PA.

Disclaimers:
1 Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
2 EPA estimated.
3 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.
4 Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability, and operation of this vehicle. Follow applicable load limits and loading guidelines.


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