2018 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 with base engine

CG Says: The 2018 Buick Encore gains an ionizing interior air filter, HD radio , and a capless fuel filler. Encore is a subcompact crossover SUV with seating for five. Two turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines are offered. The base engine has 138 horsepower, while the optional motor has 154 hp. Both are paired with a six-automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Available convenience features include heated steering wheel, keyless access and starting, and rain-sensing wipers. Available safety features include forward-collision warning, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning. 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 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 1SV: $23,985
Preferred: $25,360
AWD Preferred: $26,860
Sport Touring: $26,560
AWD Sport Touring: $28,060
Preferred II: $27,860
AWD Preferred II: $29,360
Essence: $30,060
AWD Essence: $31,560
Premium: $31,510
AWD Premium: $33,010

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
153
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33

2017 Buick Encore
2018 Buick Encore
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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