2015 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 pint-sized crossover SUV sees just one change of note for 2015: the OnStar communication system gets 4G LTE Internet connectivity with a built-in WiFi hotspot. 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.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Buick
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Base: $24,065
AWD Base: $25,565
Convenience: $26,155
AWD Convenience: $27,655
Leather: $27,950
AWD Leather: $29,450
Premium: $29,435
AWD Premium: $30,935

Base Engine
1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33

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2015 Buick Encore