Buick Encore Overview
Derived from the small Chevrolet Sonic, this subcompact SUV feels relatively posh, with a well-finished, quiet cabin and a more comfortable ride than in many bigger SUVs. But it can feel busy on rutted back roads. The little 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and six-speed automatic deliver leisurely acceleration and just fair fuel economy. The Encore's tidy size makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces, and its handling is sound, if unexceptional. Features such as a heated steering wheel and cooled seats are unusual in such a small SUV. Despite the luxury ambience, the interior is still narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the view aft. Reliability has been average, but the Encore scored too low to be recommended.
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