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2020 Buick Encore vs. 2020 Subaru Forester Review

New 2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick
Encore

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New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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MSRP*
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$23,200 to $27,300
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$24,495 to $34,595
Invoice* $23,177 to $26,317 $23,099 to $32,266
MPG - City 24 - 25 26
MPG - Hwy 29 - 30 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Forester than in the Buick Encore, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Forester will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Buick Encore.

Convenience
With the Subaru Forester, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Buick Encore, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Buick Encore will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Forester. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Buick Encore and the Subaru Forester have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Buick Encore is a little narrower than the Subaru Forester, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Buick Encore, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Subaru Forester.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Buick Encore doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru Forester.

Handling
The Buick Encore has a larger turning radius than the Subaru Forester, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Buick Encore has a lot less horsepower than the Subaru Forester.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Buick Encore and the Subaru Forester. The Buick Encore has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Forester.

Warranty
The Buick Encore comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Forester.