2018 Buick Encore

 
2018 Buick Encore
 
2018 Buick Encore
 

2018 Buick Encore

MSRP 
$30,060
Invoice 
$29,478
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo I4, 138 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • 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.

Select options for 2018 Buick Encore

Est Target Price With Options

$30,060

Est. Savings Of MSRP Price

$0

 
Additional Equipment
Unselected includes the following dealer installed LPO accessories: (VAV) First and second row color-keyed all-weather floor mats and (VLI) Color-keyed carpeted cargo mat
(Not Available With (S55) Premium All-Weather Floor Liners, Lpo, (Pcz) Active Package, Lpo And (Pda) Road Trip Package, Lpo.)
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$159 $175
Unselected includes (IO6) Buick IntelliLink Radio with Navigation, (CF5) tilt-sliding power moonroof and (RV8) 18" 7-spoke chromed aluminum wheels
*GROSS*
$2,175 $2,390
Unselected includes the following dealer-installed LPO accessories: (CAV) Cargo area tray, LPO and (SDD) Accessory Carrier Hitch.
(Not Available With (Pdh) Buick Interior Protection Package, Lpo Or (Vli) Cargo Mat, Lpo.)
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$268 $295
Unselected includes the following dealer-installed LPO accessories: (VAV) All-weather floor mats and (VLL) Roof rack cross rails.
(Not Available With (Pdh) Buick Interior Protection Package, Lpo.)
$319 $350
Unselected $91 $100
Unselected $91 $100
Unselected includes 1- 1/4" receiver for attaching bike/ski carriers Included with (PCZ) Active Package, LPO.) $218 $240
Unselected $1,688 $1,855
Unselected $819 $900
Unselected $223 $245
Unselected $246 $270
Unselected $64 $70
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Unselected $541 $595
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Unselected $127 $140
Unselected $127 $140
Unselected $469 $515
Unselected $59 $65
Unselected $55 $60
Unselected (dealer-installed)
(Included With (Pcz) Active Package, Lpo.)
$100 $110
Unselected includes 12 months of GM Commercial Link service. Provides access and reporting for key vehicle information such as speed, location and maintenance through website and mobile application. Eligible customers must sign up for an account at www.gmcommerciallink.com in order take advantage of this 12 month offer. The Commercial Link service is included in the price of the vehicle. Total service duration is 12 months. Non-Transferrable. Non-Refundable.
(Requires Ue1 Onstar. Requires One Of The Following Fleet Or Government Order Types: Fls, Fnr, Frc, Fbc, Fgo Or Fef. Not Available With (P0h) Gm Commercial Link - 2 Years Of Service Or (P0i) Gm Commercial Link - 3 Years Of Service.)
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$109 $120
Unselected includes 24 months of GM Commercial Link service. Provides access and reporting for key vehicle information such as speed, location and maintenance through website and mobile application. Eligible customers must sign up for an account at www.gmcommerciallink.com in order take advantage of this 24 month offer. The Commercial Link service is included in the price of the vehicle. Total service duration is 24 months. Non-Transferrable. Non-Refundable.
(Requires Ue1 Onstar. Requires One Of The Following Fleet Or Government Order Types: Fls, Fnr, Frc, Fbc, Fgo Or Fef. Not Available With (P0g) Gm Commercial Link - 1 Year Of Service Or (P0i) Gm Commercial Link - 3 Years Of Service.)
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$218 $240
Unselected includes 36 months of GM Commercial Link service. Provides access and reporting for key vehicle information such as speed, location and maintenance through website and mobile application. Eligible customers must sign up for an account at www.gmcommerciallink.com in order take advantage of this 36 month offer. The Commercial Link service is included in the price of the vehicle. Total service duration is 36 months. Non-Transferrable. Non-Refundable.
(Requires Ue1 Onstar. Requires One Of The Following Fleet Or Government Order Types: Fls, Fnr, Frc, Fbc, Fgo Or Fef. Not Available With (P0g) Gm Commercial Link - 1 Year Of Service Or (P0h) Gm Commercial Link - 2 Years Of Service.)
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$328 $360
Unselected $110 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Unselected
*PRICE TO FOLLOW*
$0 $0
Unselected $219 $0
Unselected $389 $0
Emissions
Selected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Unselected (Requires (Fe9) Federal Emissions Requirements. Not Available In Maine Or Vermont.)
$0 $0
Excluded (Allows A California Dealer (Yf5 Emissions) To Order (Ne1) Emissions With (Nb9) Emissions Override Code For Registration In (Ne1) States; Or A Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont And Washington Dealer (Ne1 Emissions) To Order (Yf5) Emissions With (Nb9) Emissions Override Code For Registration In California.)
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$0 $0
Excluded (Requires (Yf5) California State Emissions Requirements Or (Ne1) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont Or Washington State Emissions Requirements.)
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$0 $0
Engine
Required $0 $0
Unselected $814 $895
Option Discount
Unselected (Requires (Pcj) Experience Buick Package)

*DISCOUNT*
($410) ($450)
Paint
Selected $0 $0
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.
Not Available On 1Sv.)
$359 $395
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.
Not Available On 1Sv.)
$359 $395
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.) $359 $395
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.
Not Available On 1Sv.)
$359 $395
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.
Not Available On 1Sv.)
$359 $395
Unselected Includes (BQX) Satin Nickel Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W733J.
Not Available On 1Sv.)
$905 $995
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.) $359 $395
Unselected Includes (CM5) Black Carbon Metallic lower exterior accent color, Paint code W700S.
Not Available On 1Sv.)
$359 $395
Paint Scheme
Selected $0 $0
Preferred Equipment Group
Selected $0 $0
Radio
Selected $0 $0
Unselected with 8" diagonal Color Touch Screen, includes 2 USB ports, Bluetooth streaming for audio and select phones and Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone. Includes (U2L) HD Radio when (UQA) Bose premium 7-speaker system is ordered.)
(Included With (Pcj) Experience Buick Package.
$450 $495
Seat Trim
Selected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Seat Type
Selected $0 $0
Secondary Paint
Excluded $0 $0
Included $0 $0
Transmission
Selected $0 $0
Unselected with overdrive, includes Driver Shift Control
(Included And Only Available With (Le2) Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing Dohc 4-Cylinder Engine.)
$0 $0
Wheels
Selected $0 $0
Unselected $0 $0
Total

Specifications for 2018 Buick Encore

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Daytime Running Lamps, separate cavity, LED
    • 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 belt, 3-point, driver with load limiter, height adjustable
    • Safety belt, 3-point, front passenger with load limiter, height adjustable
    • 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 Limited Trial Service including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes) (Fleet orders receive a 6-month trial. Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
    • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 3 months or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics Report and Dealer Maintenance Notification. (Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.)
    • Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Door locks, child security rear, manual
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 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 2017 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, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, Buick Infotainment System, AM/FM stereo, SiriusXM with 8" diagonal Color Touch Screen, includes 2 USB ports, Bluetooth streaming for audio and select phones and Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Vehicle protection, corrosion preventative
    • Wiper, rear intermittent
    • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers
    • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with turn signal indicators
    • Windshield, solar absorbing
    • Glass, deep-tinted
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated windshield
    • Lamp, center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Fog lamps, front
    • Headlamps, LED
    • Fascias, front and rear accent color includes rocker moldings
    • Luggage rack, side rails, roof-mounted
    • Tire, compact spare 16" (40.6 cm), located under cargo floor
    • Tires, P215/55R18 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheels, 18" (45.7) aluminum with Technical Gray pockets
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Assist handle, rear
    • 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
    • Noise control system, active noise cancellation
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual recline and power lumbar adjustment
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power with manual recline and power lumbar adjustment
    • Memory seat, driver side presets for seat position
    • Seatback, passenger flat-folding
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-bench, folding
    • Headrests, 2-way adjustable, up/down
    • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted front
    • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted rear
    • Door sill plate cover, front
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, adjustable
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke, color-keyed with theft-deterrent locking feature
    • Steering wheel, heated
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Driver Information Center enhanced, 4.2" multi-color display, includes tachometer, speedometer, trip odometer, fuel level, coolant temperature, oil life monitor, battery and compass
    • Instrumentation, outside temperature display, located on audio system
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Window, power with driver Express-Up/Down
    • Window, power with front passenger Express-Down
    • Windows, power, rear with Express-Down
    • Door locks, power with lockout protection
    • Keyless Open, includes extended range Remote Keyless Entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Remote vehicle starter system includes Remote Keyless Entry
    • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer, vehicle, PASS-Key III
    • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
    • Cargo cover, rear, stowable and removable
    • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
    • Lighting, interior, rear cargo compartment lamp
    • Lighting, interior, overhead courtesy lamp
    • Lighting, interior, dimming instrument panel cluster
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
    • Power outlet, 120-volt located on the rear of center console
    • Glovebox, dual
    • Shift knob, satin silver and chrome
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Air filter, particle
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [102.9 kW] @ 4900 rpm, 148 lb-ft of torque [199.8 N-m] @ 1850 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically-controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control
    • Keyless start, push button
    • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
    • Drivetrain, front-wheel drive (FWD models only.)
    • Alternator, 130 amps
    • Suspension, Ride and Handling
    • Steering, power, variable effort, electric
    • Capless Fuel Fill
    • Exhaust system, rear exit
    • Exhaust tip, styled stainless-steel
    • 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 - LUV
    • Engine Order Code - LE2
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged I4
    • Displacement - 1.4/83
    • Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 138 @ 4900
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 153 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 148 @ 1850
    • 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) - 28
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
  • 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 - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MNK
    • Trans Order Code - MNH
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.45
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.53
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3237
  • 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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Introduction

Buick Encore is a subcompact crossover with premium features. When it was introduced for 2013 it was a trailblazer, but the segment has boomed since then. Today the Encore has a lot of serious competitors, for example the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, and the new Toyota C-HR.

Encore got a new nose, cabin, and infotainment for 2017, and a new engine before that, but it hasn’t been redesigned since 2013. Changes for 2018 aren’t big. The Premium model gets an ionizer in its cabin air filter, and every model gets a capless fuel intake.

Built on the platform of the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic, Encore is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, for traction in winter, not off-roading.

Encore’s handling is pretty good, and the ride is impressively comfortable, for a tall wagon on a short wheelbase. It’s a narrow car, which makes the cabin snug, although two adults fit comfortably in the rear. It tries to be upscale, because that’s what Buicks are supposed to be.

Encore uses two engines, both of them 1.4-liter and turbocharged, but one has direct fuel injection, which efficiently sprays fuel into the combustion chambers. We recommend that one, which will be more common. It is significantly more responsive, making 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, compared to the standard engine’s 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Both use a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include 10 airbags, a rearview camera, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and OnStar’s 4G LTE data connection that can run smartphone apps via Bluetooth, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. Options include leather, premium Bose audio, and safety options including lane-departure and forward-collision warnings, as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The engine with direct injection gets and EPA-rated 28 City and 34 Highway miles per gallon with front-wheel drive. The other engine is not only slower, it gets 3 less combined mpg.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Encore five stars for crash safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it a Top Safety Pick.

Lineup

The entry-level Encore ($22,900) comes with front-wheel drive and the standard engine. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touchscreen, power windows/locks and heated mirrors, cruise control, cloth upholstery with simulated leather trim; power driver’s seat; ambient lighting; rearview camera; OnStar telematics, IntelliLink infotainment, and 18-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Convenience package includes dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, blind-zone and rear cross-traffic alerts, and foglamps. Leather adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and leather-appointed seating. Premium features Bose audio, parking sensors, plus lane-departure and forward-collision warnings.

Upgrading to the Direct Injection engine means stepping up to the Encore Sport Touring ($25,565) model, which includes rear spoiler, stop/start technology, front/rear park assist, and special 18-inch alloy wheels.

Options include navigation and a sunroof.

Walkaround

Buick Encore’s overall shape is cohesive, not too hippy and not too edgy. Subtle curves in the sheetmetal. It doesn’t shout anything, it just states class.

Encore looks as much like a small hatchback as it does a crossover. It got better looking with a facelift for 2017, although we’re not so sure about the chrome strip like a glider’s wings, added to the waterfall grille. With LED headlamps, the hood looks clean. Small spoiler over the liftgate looks right.

Interior

Being tall, the Encore offers good head room. Being narrow, it’s pinched on shoulder and elbow room, even in the front. And the wide center console might squeeze the front occupants’ knees. But the driver gets a fine position, enjoying a commanding view past the short front end. Although not over the shoulder, making that standard rearview camera a wise move. A low dashboard and tall roof bring back a sense of spaciousness.

The front seats are comfortable, with nicely shaped seatbacks, although the bottom cushions are short on support.

The back seat can easily carry two adults, and there are seatbelts for a third passenger in the rear; but it won’t be three adults. Knee room is livable, helped by slight scoops in the front seatbacks. There’s a folding armrest with cupholders, drops down to better the fill the space than a center passenger would.

Soft-touch surfaces and metal trim give the cabin a premium feel, while it is also versatile and flexible. Both the rear seat and the front passenger seat fold down. Folding the back seat expands cargo capacity from 18.8 to nearly 50 cubic feet.

Active noise cancellation keeps the engine noise down, and while some tire and wind noise comes in, and the info flashes on an 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash, the cabin stays surprisingly calm for a subcompact.

Driving Impressions

With the standard 1.4-liter turbo engine, without direction injection, it takes nine seconds to move the 3200-pound Encore up to sixty miles per hour, a lethargic performance. The engine strains to get the Encore underway, the transmission upshifts too soon so has to change its mind and downshift for more acceleration; and it doesn’t bring back such great fuel mileage.

The direct-injection engine gets 31 miles per gallon, while offering quicker performance. Its 153 horsepower provides more appropriate vigor. Passing on two-lane roads and merging onto the expressway is much easier and safer. It makes a worrisome booming noise under hard acceleration, however.

Despite the short wheelbase, even with large wheels, the Encore delivers a surprisingly and impressively comfortable ride. Small potholes and other such spots are still choppy, but less than you expect. Optional all-wheel drive not only improves traction, but improves the ride.

The electric power steering does its job well.

The automatic Stop/Start system is barely noticeable, bravo to Buick, as many manufacturers’ systems are intrusive.

Summary

Buick Encore is a comfortable small-family subcompact crossover, with premium equipment and a premium feel, for a fairly low price. The direct-injection engine is a smart upgrade.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

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MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

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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