Estimate your payments

Please adjust the options below so we can estimate the most accurate monthly payments.

Your estimated credit score
Loan term
Down payment


2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Buick Encore

When researching, and eventually purchasing a new vehicle, it is vital that you get all the information you can before making any decisions. Especially with a class of vehicle as crowded as the SUV, you want to make sure that you find the perfect vehicle with the price point, size and range of features that fit your lifestyle and preferences.

Luckily, Roberts Toyota is here to help, by showing you how the latest model matches up with one of the newest Buick SUVs in this 2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Buick Encore comparison. In order to guarantee you are getting a fair and accurate comparison, we will be comparing the base trim level for both SUVs, which are the closest to each other in terms of price and features.

You can see the exterior appearance of the two vehicles below, and if you want to see them compared by more specific features, you can continue reading. If you are in the Columbia area and are already considering a new Toyota RAV4, you can see our inventory by clicking the link below.

2018 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Buick Encore side by side

2018 Toyota RAV4


2018 Buick Encore

2.5L, 176-horsepower Engine 1.4L, 138-horsepower
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard Lane Departure Warning Not Available
73.4 cubic feet Maximum Interior Cargo Volume 48.4 cubic feet

Which SUV is Right for You?

When looking at a direct comparison like this, it is obvious that the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the safer, more powerful and more practical vehicle of these two. Let's take a closer look at exactly why the 2018 Toyota RAV4 reigns supreme over the 2018 Buick Encore.

The engine in the 2018 Toyota RAV4 generates significantly more power than the engine of the Buick Encore. At 176 horsepower, as opposed to 138 for the Encore, it is no wonder that the RAV4 also has 1,500 more pounds of towing capacity.

The Toyota RAV4 also has great new technological safety features to make it an incredibly safe vehicle. Adaptive cruise control and lane departure both work to put less stress on the driver and make the driver more aware of their surroundings. These features, which are not available on the Buick Encore, could potentially be vital in preventing an accident.

Finally, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has an interior cargo volume of 25 cubic feet more than the 2018 Buick Encore. This is a serious difference in space, and that space can be extremely helpful when moving or traveling.