2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Encore
2016 Ford Explorer 2016 Buick Encore
290 @ 6400 RPM Horsepower 138 @ 4900 RPM
255 @ 4000 RPM Torque 148 @ 1850 RPM
3.5L V6 Engine Turbocharged 1.4L I-4
7 Passenger Capacity 5

2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Encore

2016 Ford Explorer Interior

When it comes to the traditional SUV segment, the Ford Explorer has been the most dominant vehicle on the market for the last 25 years. When Ford originally released the Explorer way back in 1991 they fulfilled a customer need for more interior space, individuality and adventure. The blue oval automaker has evolved this vehicle throughout the years, but they have always remained true to its roots. Ford is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this iconic vehicle with a completely redesigned version of it for the 2016 model year, and an all-new Platinum trim level. The new design changes and updates will truly take this SUV to the next-level, and its popularity will reach all-new heights.

When it comes to the SUV segment, there is no shortage of vehicles that attempt to challenge the dominance of the Ford Explorer. However, the Explorer has been able to maintain its spot at the very top of the pyramid for the last 25 years, which is very impressive. One of the vehicles that competes against the Explorer every year is Buick’s Encore model. The Encore has not been on the market nearly as long as the Explorer, but it is already building up a huge fan following. We have decided to match up the new 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Buick Encore in order to find out which vehicle is best in the new model year.

2016 Ford Explorer: Bold and Spacious

One of the ways that the new 2016 Ford Explorer is superior to the 2016 Buick Encore is with its long list of customization options. Ford offers a wide-range of trim levels, colors and standard and available features so that every driver can find the the Explorer that is perfect for them. Ford offers the new 2016 Explorer with five unique trim levels, including the new luxurious Platinum model. They also offer 10 vibrant color choices and some of the best technology in its class, including the new SYNC 3 infotainment. On the other hand, the 2016 Buick Encore is not offered with nearly as many customization options to pick from.

Another way that the new 2016 Ford Explorer is miles ahead of the 2016 Buick Encore is with its overall performance characteristics. The powerful 3.5L V6 engine that comes standard on the Explorer is able to produce an outstanding 290 horsepower with 255 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the 2016 Buick Encore is only able to produce 138 horsepower with 148 pound-feet of torque, making it very underpowered in comparison to the Explorer.

Finally, the new 2016 Ford Explorer offers significantly more interior spaciousness than the Buick Encore. Therefore, you’ll be able to haul more cargo and passengers with the Explorer. Anyone interested in learning more about the new 2016 Ford Explorer is encouraged to stop in and visit us here at Mike Castrucci Ford. We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and set you up with a test drive.

Front of the 2016 Ford Explorer