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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2021 Buick Encore Review

New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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New 2021 Buick Encore

2021 Buick
Encore

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MSRP*
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$24,495 to $34,595
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$23,200 to $25,220
Invoice* $23,099 to $32,266 $23,177 to $24,312
MPG - City 26 24 - 25
MPG - Hwy 33 29 - 30
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4
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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Forester than in the Buick Encore. The Subaru Forester will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Buick Encore.

Convenience
Due to the larger tank size and better fuel economy of the Subaru Forester, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Buick Encore.

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). The Subaru Forester is somewhat more expensive than the Buick Encore. 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 Subaru Forester and the Buick Encore have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Subaru Forester is a little wider than the Buick Encore, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Subaru Forester, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Buick Encore.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Subaru Forester transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Buick Encore.

Handling
The Subaru Forester has a smaller turning radius than the Buick Encore, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Subaru Forester has a little more horsepower than the Buick Encore.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Subaru Forester and the Buick Encore. With the Subaru Forester, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Buick Encore.

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