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Derived from the small Chevrolet Sonic, this subcompact SUV feels relatively posh, with a well-finished, quiet cabin and a ride that's better than certain bigger SUVs. On the downside, the little 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and six-speed automatic deliver plodding acceleration and just fair fuel economy. The Encore's tidy size makes it easy to maneuver, and its handling is sound but unexceptional. The interior is narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the view aft. A more powerful Sport Touring version is also available. Reliability has been above average.

Road Test

The Encore is a luxurious subcompact SUV that's a full size smaller than "small" SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Based on the Chevrolet Sonic, the Buick's overall length is about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Tall, short, and nar...

Highs

  • Compact dimensions make it easy to maneuver and park
  • Relatively quiet cabin and comfortable ride, particularly for the class

Lows

  • Narrow cabin with little shoulder room
  • Feels underpowered

Best Version to Get

All Encores are well-equipped, and include 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, and a rear camera. The Convenience trim line adds blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, automatic climate control and remote start. The aptly named Leather trim line brings leather upholstery, of course, but also...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138 hp)
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (153 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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