2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Encore

When it comes to sport utility vehicles, the reigning king of the segment is Ford’s Explorer model and it has been for the last 25 years, which is very impressive. Ford celebrated the 25th anniversary of this iconic SUV by completely redesigning it for the recently released 2016 model year, and it’s truly better than ever. Ford completely changed everything about this vehicle from bumper-to-bumper and the new changes have been extremely popular with drivers so far.

As we stated earlier, it’s no secret that the Ford Explorer is the best-selling SUV in the midsize segment. However, we thought that it would be interesting to see how it compares to some of the smaller SUVs. Therefore, we have decided to match up the new 2016 Ford Explorer vs the 2016 Buick Encore to find out which vehicle is best, continue reading to learn more.

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2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Encore
290 @ 6400 RPM Horsepower 138 @ 4900 RPM
255 @ 4000 RPM Torque 148 @ 1850 RPM
24 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 33 MPG
7 Passenger Capacity 5

2016 Ford Explorer: Refreshing and Bold

In a segment that is full of cookie cutter vehicles, it is refreshing to have a bold vehicle such as the new 2016 Ford Explorer. Ford has completely redesigned the exterior and interior styling of the Explorer to look better than ever. It really stands out from the crowd and turns heads in a good way. The blue oval automaker has given the Explorer a refreshed front and rear styling that is more finely detailed than ever before. On the other hand, we feel that the styling of the 2016 Buick Encore is very plain and basic in comparison to the Explorer. Therefore, we would would recommend going with the new 2016 Ford Explorer if you are looking for an SUV that is stylish and refined.

Another area where a larger SUV like the 2016 Ford Explorer is far superior to a smaller one such as the Buick Encore is with its overall performance characteristics. The 2016 Ford Explorer is able to produce an outstanding 290 horsepower with 255 pound-feet of torque. That is more than enough power to tow a trailer and haul all of your cargo and passengers. On the other hand, the 2016 Buick Encore is only capable of producing 138 horsepower with 148 pound-feet of torque, so good luck towing your boat with that!

Finally, passenger volume is another area where the new 2016 Ford Explorer is clearly able to outshine the 2016 Buick Encore. The 2016 Ford Explorer has a massive passenger volume of 151.7 cu-ft. On the other hand, the 2016 Buick Encore only boasts a passenger volume on 92.8 cu-ft. As a result, you can haul a lot more people and cargo in the Explorer than you can in the Encore.

2016 Ford Explorer Interior
Front of the 2016 Ford Explorer
White Seats on the 2016 Ford Explorer
Rear of the 2016 Ford Explorer

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