2016 Buick Encore

2016 Buick Encore
2016 Buick Encore

2016 Buick Encore


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 32 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo I4, 153 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Buick Encore competes with other small SUVs and crossovers as well as with some of the more premium small cars available on the market. It offers buyers an appealing blend of small size, luxury and SUV-like practicality. All-wheel drive is available, but the Buick is less about off-roading and more about cruising safely in comfort. Luxury-oriented touches abound that usually are reserved for cars costing much more. The Encore is a great value, with base prices starting under $25,000.

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What's New For 2016

Buick has introduced a new trim level for 2016, the Sport Touring. Motivated by a more powerful version of the 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder and features unique exterior styling cues. Slotting right into the middle of the lineup, the Encore Sport Touring offers a little more styling, speed and convenience at a price that won't break the bank.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Buick Encore

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps, reduced intensity low beam
    • Air bags, frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger height-adjustable with load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point rear, all seating positions
    • Restraint provisions, child, Isofix 2 point only, point/latch includes 3 top tether points
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Door locks, child security rear, manual
    • Tire Pressure Monitor, manual learn
    • Horn, dual note tone
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, roof-mounted
    • Bluetooth for phone and music personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system, phonebook access, voice recognition for audio, phone, phonebook and music selection, Pandora and Stitcher Smartphone compatible, SiriusXM weather and data services, and software Bluetooth and Smartphone interface upgradeable
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, color display, 7" diagonal
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with MP3 CD player IntelliLink with 7" diagonal color LCD display, USB port, Radio Data System (RDS) and auxiliary input jack
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) Midnight Silver aluminum alloy
    • Tires, P215/55R18 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, compact spare 16" (40.6 cm), located under cargo floor
    • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted
    • Spoiler, rear
    • Fascias, front and rear accent color includes rocker moldings
    • Headlamps, halogen composite projector beam with blue translucent ring and automatic exterior lamp control
    • Fog lamps, front
    • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated windshield
    • Glass, deep-tinted
    • Windshield, solar absorbing
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with turn signal indicators
    • Door handles, body-color
    • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers
    • Wiper, rear intermittent
    • Vehicle protection, corrosion preventative
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Remote vehicle starter system includes Remote Keyless Entry
    • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer, vehicle, PASSKey III
    • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
    • Air filter, particle
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Shift knob, satin silver and chrome
    • Glovebox, dual
    • Power outlet, 120-volt located on the rear of center console
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • Lighting, interior, dimming instrument panel cluster
    • Lighting, interior, Ice Blue ambient, located on instrument panel
    • Lighting, interior, overhead courtesy lamp
    • Lighting, interior, rear cargo compartment lamp
    • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
    • Cargo cover, rear, stowable and removable
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Remote Keyless Entry, standard range with lock control and panic alarm
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Door locks, power with lockout protection
    • Windows, power, rear with Express-Down
    • Window, power with front passenger Express-Down
    • Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Instrumentation, analog with mpg speedometer and tachometer
    • Instrumentation, outside temperature display, located on audio system
    • Driver Information Center includes tachometer, speedometer, fuel, coolant temperature, battery and compass
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke, color-keyed with theft-deterrent locking feature
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, adjustable
    • Door sill plate cover, front
    • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted rear
    • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted front
    • Headrests, 2-way adjustable, up/down
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-bench, folding
    • Storage, front passenger underseat
    • Seatback, passenger flat-folding
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual recline and power lumbar adjustment
    • Noise control system, active noise cancellation
    • QuietTuning Buick exclusive process that consists of acoustically enhanced windshield and side glass, along with numerous noise canceling acoustic treatments to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder Direct Injection SIDI with start/stop mode (153 hp [114.1 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 177 lb-ft of torque [239.0 N-m] @ 2000-4000 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive, includes Driver Shift Control
    • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
    • Drivetrain, all-wheel drive (AWD models only.)
    • Alternator, 130 amps
    • Suspension, Ride and Handling
    • Steering, power, variable effort, electric
    • Exhaust system, rear exit
    • Exhaust tip, styled stainless-steel
    • Keys, ignition, foldable
    • Mechanical jack

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.8 x 1.0
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.6 x 0.5
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 48.40
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 18.80
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - - TBD -
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 6.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LE2
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged I4
    • Displacement - 1.4/83
    • Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 153 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 177 @ 2000-4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 100.60
    • Length, Overall (in) - 168.41
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.85
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65.26
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.62
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.62
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.22
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 92.8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.58
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.82
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.18
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51.65
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.78
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.75
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.55
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 50.08
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.0
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.72
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.7
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Buick Encore
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - N/A
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - N/A
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RAK
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RAK
    • Spare Tire Order Code - RVZ
    • Front Tire Size - P215/55R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/55R18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MNH
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.53
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3358
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18" x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18" x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 16" x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Coastal Blue Metallic River Rock Metallic Rosewood Metallic
  • Coastal Blue Metallic
  • River Rock Metallic
  • Rosewood Metallic

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The Buick Encore is a small crossover SUV that rivals the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 along with the more mainstream Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax.

Its tall and boxy profile is somewhat ameliorated by a steeply raked front end and oversize 18-inch wheels. Encore is unusually quiet, reasonably spacious, and amply equipped. Feeble performance detracts from its hoped-for status as a premium model. Encore is structurally related to the Chevrolet Sonic.

Only one powertrain is available: a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder driving a 6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control. Front-wheel drive is standard, optional all-wheel drive is available for harsh-weather traction.

Little has changed for 2016, except for revised seven-spoke 18-inch wheels. New for 2016 is a Sport Touring trim level with special exterior trim and a turbocharged engine making 153 horsepower.

While the cabin feels somewhat narrow, the back holds two adults with a degree of comfort. Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, with a seven-inch touch-screen, can run smartphone apps via Bluetooth. OnStar 4G LTE telematics can create a WiFi network right in the car.

Fuel economy is good, but not thrifty enough for a vehicle in this category. The front-wheel-drive Encore is EPA-rated at 25/33 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 23/30 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined.

As for crash-testing, Encore has scored among the best small crossover SUVs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made it a Top Safety Pick, rate Good in three tests. That was a considerable improvement over 2014, when Encore was deemed Poor in the small-overlap trial. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Encore five stars overall.


The 2016 Buick Encore comes in five trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.

Encore ($24,065) is abundantly equipped, with air conditioning; rearview camera; power driver’s seat; active noise cancellation; Ice Blue ambient lighting; cargo cover; remote keyless entry; and 18-inch alloy wheels. Cloth upholstery includes simulated leather trim. OnStar 4G LTE telematics is standard. So is IntelliLink infotainment with a seven-inch screen, using voice commands or a control knob. Convenience ($26,355) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, blind-zone monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and remote start.

Leather ($28,300) comes with heated front seats, a power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver’s memory, auto-dimming mirror, and remote starter. Blind-zone monitoring includes rear cross-traffic alert. Premium ($29,785) includes Bose premium sound, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, heated leather-appointed seating, and heated steering wheel. Options include navigation, Bose audio, and a sunroof.

Sport Touring ($27,350), added during the 2016 model year, features a 153-hp turbocharged engine, stop/start operation, a rear spoiler, and special 18-inch wheels.

Safety begins with 10 airbags and a rearview camera. Options include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert.


If Encore designers are guilty of anything, it might be trying too hard to achieve distinctive body sculpting. For a small car, there’s just too much going on with the body, though it does convey a certain presence when viewed from specific angles.

Generally speaking, the front half of this little crossover SUV flaunts a rakish stance. Further back, an Encore looks more like a traditional small, five-door hatchback. A spoiler atop the tailgate extends the roofline, helping Encore to appear slightly longer than its 168.4-inch dimension suggests. Chrome-surrounded simulated portholes atop the hood do nothing to improve appearance, serving mainly as reminder of Buick’s storied past.


Design details are more subdued inside the Encore, though interior trim possibilities stretch from all-black to multi-colored. The cabin conveys a premium feel. A tall roof and low dashboard combine to create a sense of space.

Headroom is good, but an Encore isn’t so accommodating otherwise. Relatively narrow dimensions result in somewhat constricted shoulder space. Still, an Encore easily conveys four average-size adults. Back-seat knee space is adequate, helped slightly by indentations in front seatbacks.

Not only does the driver get a good seating position, it’s accompanied by a commanding view past the short hood. Although the cabin is comparatively quiet, some wind and tire noise can be heard. Buick’s Active Noise Cancellation curtails most engine roar.

Passenger comfort is enhanced by nicely-shaped front seatbacks and cushions, though a little more support would be welcome. The back seat folds, to hold 48.4 cubic feet of cargo.

On the down side, the dashboard suffers from overabundant colors. The center stack is packed with switches and buttons. Many controls are nearly identical, identified by small symbols, thus distraction-prone. Conventional rotary knobs control audio volume and other adjustments.

Better make sure that rearview camera is ready, because side views and rear-quarter visibility are awful, due to thick pillars and a small back window.

Driving Impressions

Considering that an Encore weighs close to 3,200 pounds, sluggish performance isn’t exactly a surprise. That’s a lot of bulk to propel with 138 horsepower. Acceleration to 60 mph takes a leisurely nine seconds or more (10 seconds with all-wheel drive). With a couple of passengers seated, the AWD edition really does feel lackadaisical, making advanced planning essential when you expect to merge.

Performance also is hindered by an automatic transmission that tends to upshift prematurely. During even modest acceleration, the transmission typically downshifts twice. Acceleration should quicken significantly with the new Sport Touring, whose 153-hp engine develops 177 pound-feet of torque.

Handling is good for a tall, heavy wagon on a short (100.6-inch) wheelbase, with what amounts to an econocar-type suspension. Good electric power steering provides a satisfying blend of on-center operation and simulated driver feedback.

Under nearly all road conditions, an Encore rides quite well. However, some light choppiness may appear when rolling over expansion joints or potholes. All-wheel-drive models seem more smooth-riding. Well-cushioned seats help keep passengers contented.


Though on the sluggish side with the standard engine, any Encore provides a pleasant road experience. You get luxury-car features at a premium price; but underneath, it’s basically a small hatchback. Shoppers seeking more energetic performance might prefer to look for the new Sport Touring edition.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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