Buick Encore
Buick Encore
Buick Encore

2020 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

CG Says: The 2020 Buick Encore drops the more powerful, 153-horsepower version of its 1.4-liter turbo four. Otherwise, Encore is relatively unchanged. During the 2020 model year, Encore will be joined by an Encore GX that is slightly larger and will slot between Encore and Envision in Buick’s lineup. Encore is a subcompact crossover SUV with seating for five. The sole engine is a turbocharged 138-hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder that is paired with a 6-speed 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: $24,195
Preferred: $25,595
AWD Preferred: $27,095
Sport Touring: $26,795
AWD Sport Touring: $28,295
Essence: $30,295
AWD Essence: $31,795

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Buick Encore
2020 Buick Encore
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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