Kemna Cadillac Compares 2015 Cadillac SRX VS 2015 Buick Encore Near Spencer, IA

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2015 Cadillac SRX

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2015 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The SRX has a standard Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the SAHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Encore doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The SRX offers optional Front Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Encore offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The SRX offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Encore doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the SRX and the Encore have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The Cadillac SRX weighs 919 to 1205 pounds more than the Buick Encore. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac SRX is safer than the Buick Encore:





5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

308/301 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac SRX is safer than the Buick Encore:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

370 lbs.

395 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

498 lbs.

769 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The SRX’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Encore runs out after 100,000 miles.

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the SRX for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Encore (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the SRX has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Encore’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The SRX’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 170 more horsepower (308 vs. 138) and 117 lbs.-ft. more torque (265 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Cadillac SRX is faster than the Buick Encore:



Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The SRX has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (21 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the SRX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore:



Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.6 inches

The SRX’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Encore are solid, not vented.

The SRX stops shorter than the Encore:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the SRX has larger tires than the Encore (235/65R18 vs. 215/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SRX offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Cadillac SRX’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Buick Encore only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Cadillac SRX has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Encore has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The SRX has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the SRX flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The SRX offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the SRX’s wheelbase is 9.9 inches longer than on the Encore (110.5 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the SRX is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore.

The SRX 4 handles at .84 G’s, while the Encore pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The SRX 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the SRX has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (7 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the SRX to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The SRX has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (100.6 vs. 92.8).

The SRX has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 3.7 inches more front hip room, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom, 4.6 inches more rear hip room and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the SRX’s rear seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The SRX has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (29.8 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The SRX has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

The SRX’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the SRX. The Encore doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the SRX offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Encore doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The SRX’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Encore does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The SRX’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Encore’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

On a hot day the SRX’s driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Encore can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Keyless Access optional on the SRX allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Encore doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The SRX offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Encore doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the SRX detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the SRX offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Encore doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SRX has standard extendable sun visors. The Encore doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The SRX offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Encore offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the SRX and the Encore offer optional heated front seats. The SRX also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Encore.

The SRX’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Encore doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The SRX has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Encore.

Both the SRX and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the SRX has available rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Encore doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the SRX offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Encore doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

The SRX was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five Trucks” for 3 of the last 12 years. The Encore has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five Truck” pick.

The Cadillac SRX outsold the Buick Encore by 10% during 2014.

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