Buick Encore Overview
This subcompact premium SUV is derived from the small Chevrolet Sonic. Half a size smaller than the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, the Encore boasts a quiet cabin, great maneuverability, and a more comfortable ride than many larger and higher-scoring SUVs. But the little 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and six-speed automatic deliver leisurely acceleration, and fuel economy is so-so. Handling is sound if unexceptional. The cabin is reasonably well appointed, but feels narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the view aft. A standard built-in WiFi hotspot is new for 2015. Reliability has been average but the Encore scored too low to be recommended.
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