Buick Encore GX
Buick Encore GX
Buick Encore GX

2020 Buick Encore GX

Pros: Comprehensive array of standard safety features; nicely finished interior

Cons: Seats not comfortable for occupants of different sizes; compromised view to rear corners

CG Says: Buick introduces a new subcompact crossover SUV for 2020. The all-new Encore GX slots in above the original Buick Encore, which launched as a 2013 model and remains the entry-level model in Buick’s SUV lineup—at least for now. Although its shares its first name with the existing Encore, the Encore GX is a completely different vehicle; it shares its basic platform with the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, which is set to launch as a 2021 model. The Encore GX is 3 inches longer overall than the Encore, and more than a foot shorter than Buick’s Envision compact SUV. The GX offers a choice of two 3-cylinder engines. A 137-horsepower turbocharged 1.2-liter is the base powerplant and is only available with front-wheel drive. A more powerful 155-hp 1.3-liter turbo is optional on FWD models and standard on all-wheel-drive GXs. FWD models have a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) with either engine, while AWD models come with a 9-speed automatic. Forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights are standard. Other available safety features include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot alert, rearview camera mirror, adaptive cruise control, and surround-view camera. The Encore GX costs a bit more than its Encore sibling, but for most shoppers it’s money well spent; the GX offers important safety features not available on the original Encore, plus more cargo room behind the back seat and a more up-to-date design.

The Facts
Class Subcomnpact 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 Preferred: $25,095
AWD Preferred: $27,095
Select: $26,695
AWD Select: $28,695
Essence: $29,495
AWD Essence: $31,495

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.2-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
137
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.3-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
155
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
9-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32

Buick Encore GX
2020 Buick Encore GX
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

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

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