Buick introduced the Encore subcompact crossover in 2013 to underpin its lineup of utility models and appeal to a younger audience seeking a small vehicle with upscale appointments. The Encore received a mid-cycle update in 2017.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2021, Buick has cut the Encore’s lineup to a single Preferred trim level, which was last year’s entry point. That’s a response to the 2020 addition of the Encore GX, a larger vehicle to which Buick can more easily attach a higher price tag.
Encore’s Preferred trim comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. There’s also a choice between two turbocharged 1.4L engines, both of which are standard with a six-speed transmission.
Encore’s standard exterior features are 18-inch wheels, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, roof rails, passive keyless entry, and LED daytime running lights.
Inside, Encore’s cabin comes with a six-speaker stereo, a 4.2-inch driver info display, a six-way power driver’s seat, manual air conditioning, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, cloth/leatherette upholstery, cruise control, chrome door handles, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, active noise cancellation, and power windows and door locks.
The standard safety package comprises blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
The safety package II option adds rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.
Buick’s fuel consumption estimates for the Encore range from 9.4/7.8 to 9.7/7.3 L/100 km (city/highway) with front-wheel drive, and 10.0/8.0 to 10.2/7.7 L/100 km with AWD.
Consider the Buick Encore an affordable alternative to luxury subcompact crossovers models like the BMW X2, Audi’s Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Lexus’s UX. Those models are all more performance-oriented than the Encore, though, whose drive is a closer match with mainstream models from the likes of Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet, and Hyundai.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed