Buick Encore
Buick Encore
Buick Encore

2021 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 2021 Buick Encore gains standard satellite radio and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality is now available. Adaptive cruise control is now part of the Safety Package for Preferred models. The topline Sport nand Essence models have been dropped. During the 2020 model year, Encore was joined by an Encore GX that is slightly larger and slots 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. Shoppers should also look at Buick’s Encore GX that offers more cargo room and safety features not available on Encore.

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: $24,195
Preferred: $25,595
AWD Preferred: $26,215

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
2021 Buick Encore
Road Tests and Additional Info
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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