Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Infiniti QX50 VS 2017 Buick Encore Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Infiniti QX50

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2017 Buick Encore

Safety Comparison

The QX50 has standard Active Head Restraints (AHR), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the AHR system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Encore doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The QX50 offers optional Intelligent Brake Assist, 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 which could reduce stopping distances.

The QX50 offers an optional Around View® Monitor 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 QX50 and the Encore have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and blind spot warning systems.

The Infiniti QX50 weighs 497 to 783 pounds more than the Buick Encore. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The QX50 comes with a full 4 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Encore’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX50’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Encore’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Engine Comparison

The QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 187 more horsepower (325 vs. 138) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 148) than the Encore’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The QX50’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 172 more horsepower (325 vs. 153) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 177) than the Encore’s optional 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The QX50 has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (20 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the QX50’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Encore:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

10.6 inches

The QX50’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.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the QX50 has larger standard tires than the Encore (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R18). The QX50’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore (245/45R19 vs. 215/55R18).

The QX50’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX50 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Infiniti QX50 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 QX50 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the QX50 flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX50’s wheelbase is 12.8 inches longer than on the Encore (113.4 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (6.5 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The QX50 has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Encore (96.8 vs. 92.8).

The QX50 has 3.5 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The QX50 has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (49.7 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

The QX50’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically raises the QX50’s optional rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX50. The Encore doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The QX50’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.

If the front windows are left down on the QX50 the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle 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.

The QX50 has a standard 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.

The QX50’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Encore’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX50 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Encore doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX50 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 QX50 and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the QX50 has standard 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 QX50 offers an optional Intelligent 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.

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