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There are some key differences between the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2021 Buick Encore GX. But do those differences make one better than other? If you’re in need of all-wheel drive and want to get the most out of your new car purchase, then the answer is a resounding yes. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a better option than the 2021 Buick Encore GX. 

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

There’s no denying that the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is one of the best options among its segment. Powered by a 152-hp 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine, this year’s model is also available with a 182-hp 2.5-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER engine. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is standard with all-wheel drive too.

Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is now standard on all new Crosstrek models as well. According to Subaru, this safety-centric system reduces injuries from rear-end crashes by up to 85%. And if that’s not enough to convince you that this Subaru puts safety at its forefront? It also earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While safety features and ratings are certainly important, it’s also worth mentioning that the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers plenty of standard features, some of which include the STARLINK Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It’s also available with a voice-activated navigation system and a power moonroof.

The 2021 Buick Encore GX

The 2021 Buick Encore GX is the latest addition to Buick’s lineup. Standard under the hood is an ECOTEC 1.2-liter turbocharged engine, but a 155-hp ECOTEC 1.3-liter turbo engine is also available. This year’s model comes standard with front-wheel drive too.

This Buick isn’t lacking when it comes to safety features. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian braking, and lane-keeping assist. The 2021 Buick Encore GX also offers Teen Driver Technology, which parents and guardians of new drivers will be sure to appreciate.

Available in Preferred, Select, and Essence, the 2021 Buick Encore GX benefits from a long list of standard features too. Opt for the Preferred trim, and those amenities include push-button ignition, an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alexa Built-In, and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.

Why you should choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 

There’s a lot to like about both of these vehicles, but in the end, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a better pick than its Buick rival. With a base 152-hp engine under the hood, the Crosstrek is faster than the Buick Encore GX. 

The Crosstrek also comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Buick Encore GX is available with it, but it requires opting for a more expensive trim. When it comes to ground clearance, the Crosstrek wins again, especially if you’re someone that frequently drives across uneven terrain.

While both vehicles offer similar interior features, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek does have more interior space than the Buick Encore GX. The Crosstrek has substantially more cargo space as well. The Buick Encore GX has 50.2 cubic-feet of cargo volume compared to the Crosstrek’s 55.3 cubic-feet of cargo space. 

For budget-conscious shoppers, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek continues to be the better option. Not only is the Crosstrek cheaper than the Buick Encore GX, but according to ALG, the Crosstrek has had the highest residual value in its class for four years running. 

But is it the right choice for you? 

There are plenty of reasons to choose the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek over its Buick competition. From its standard all-wheel-drive system to its strong value proposition, you really can’t go wrong with this Subaru. In the end, though, determining whether or not it’s the best choice for you is going to require a test drive.


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