2014 Buick Encore

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

Cons: Limited adult 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. The 2014 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 tidy 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. Be sure to take a long test drive before committing to make a purchase.

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2014 Buick Encore