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2018 Honda HR-V vs 2018 Buick Encore

Front exterior view of a blue 2018 Honda HR-V on the left "vs" passenger side exterior view of a red 2018 Buick Encore on the right

Crossover SUVs provide a great combination of car-like efficiency under the hood and versatile cargo and passenger space on the interior. When trying to choose the right crossover SUV for you it can be difficult to determine exactly which model will provide you with the specs and features that fit your daily needs. That is why we are comparing two of the most stylish, spacious, and fuel tank friendly crossover SUVs available, the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Buick Encore. Both of these beauties balance weekday convenience and weekend capability but they are not identical and once you dig into the details of each you will find that one will meet your needs better than the other. Find out the differences and similarities between the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Buick Encore right here and discover which one of these crossovers is right for you.

2018 Honda HR-V


2018 Buick Encore

1.8L In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 1.4L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
141 HP/ 127 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 138 HP/ 148 LB-FT
6-Speed Manual Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
25 MPG City/ 33 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 25 MPG City/ 33 MPG HWY
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition, and other factors.

Compare the 2018 HR-V & the 2018 Encore

As you can see from the chart above the standard drivetrain of the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Buick Encore are very similar with the HR-V providing more horsepower and the Encore delivering more torque. The 2018 Honda HR-V offers All-Wheel Drive across all three of its available trim levels while the 2018 Encore only offers it on five of its six trim options. With fewer trim choices the 2018 Honda HR-V allows SUV shoppers to get more interior amenities at a more affordable trim level.

Both the 2018 Honda HR-V and the 2018 Buick Encore have seating for five people, but the Honda HR-V provides occupants with 100 cubic feet of overall passenger volume while the Buick Encore only has 92.8 cubic feet. The 2018 Honda HR-V also has more first and second-row legroom and shoulder room than the 2018 Buick Encore has. The 2018 Honda HR-V provides 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seat and 58.8 cubic feet with the second-row seat folded flat. The 2018 Buick Encore only can handle 18.8 cubic feet behind its second-row seat and 48.4 cubic feet with its second-row seat folded flat. With more easily attainable trim levels and more interior space, the 2018 Honda HR-V is the clear choice over the 2018 Buick Encore. Come take the 2018 Honda HR-V for a test drive today at Davenport Honda in Rocky Mount, NC.