Kemna Cadillac Compares 2017 Cadillac XT5 VS 2017 Buick Encore Near Blue Earth, GA

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2017 Cadillac XT5

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2017 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The XT5 Premium/Platinum’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Encore doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The XT5 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 has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT5 offers optional Reverse 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.

The XT5 Platinum has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Encore only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the XT5 and the Encore have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Cadillac XT5 weighs 627 to 1119 pounds more than the Buick Encore. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XT5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 103 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Encore was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the XT5 for 2 years and 26,000 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 XT5 has a standard 155-amp alternator (170-amp - XT5 optional). The Encore’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 172 more horsepower (310 vs. 138) and 123 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 148) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 157 more horsepower (310 vs. 153) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac XT5 is faster than the Buick Encore (base engine):

 

XT5

Encore

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

9.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.4 MPH

79.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT5’s fuel efficiency. The Encore doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The XT5 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (19.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT5 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (21.7 vs. 14 gallons).

The XT5 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Encore doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XT5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore:

 

XT5

Encore

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.6 inches

The XT5’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 XT5 stops shorter than the Encore:

 

XT5

Encore

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XT5 has larger tires than the Encore (235/65R18 vs. 215/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT5 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Cadillac XT5’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 XT5 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 XT5 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the XT5 flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The XT5 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 XT5’s wheelbase is 11.9 inches longer than on the Encore (112.5 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT5 is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore.

The XT5 4x4 handles at .84 G’s, while the Encore pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XT5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the XT5 has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (7.8 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the XT5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XT5 has .4 inches more front legroom, 4.3 inches more front hip room, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear legroom, 4.6 inches more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XT5’s rear seats recline. The Encore’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XT5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (30 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The XT5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (63 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT5. The Encore doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT5’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XT5 also has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Encore doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XT5’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 XT5 Platinum has a standard heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Encore doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XT5’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 XT5’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Encore can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XT5 offers an optional locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Encore doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the XT5 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 avoid possible obstacles, the XT5 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Encore doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XT5 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 XT5 and the Encore offer available heated front seats. The XT5 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Encore.

Optional air conditioned seats in the XT5 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Encore doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The XT5 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 XT5 and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the XT5 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 XT5 Premium/Platinum 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.

The XT5’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Encore doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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