2014 Buick Encore

Pros: Unique upscale character; close-quarters maneuverability; ride quality and noise levels are impressive considering the small size

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; limited cargo room; so-so acceleration; no push-button start available

CG Says: Buick’s subcompact crossover SUV debuted for 2013, and its notable updates for 2014 are limited to the addition of rear cross-traffic alert and side blind-spot alert on most trim levels. Encore delivers surprisingly good ride quality and Buick’s characteristic hushed cabin. For some shoppers, the vehicle’s small size and tall driving position will be real strengths. However, the small dimensions limit Encore’s cargo versatility and rear seat space, especially among similarly priced competitors. Encore is quite unlike any previous Buick. It’s an unusual vehicle that’s quite compelling–if the benefits of its small size are more important to you than the compromises that are also part of the package.

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2014 Buick Encore