This subcompact SUV has a veneer of luxury.
It has a well-finished, quiet cabin and a ride that's better than that of a number of larger SUVs.
On the downside, the Encore's little 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission combine to deliver plodding acceleration and fuel economy that's below average.
We got just 23 mpg overall in our tests.
In addition, the small Encore is expensive, which makes it a questionable value.
Still, the Encore's tidy size makes it easy to maneuver, and handling is sound.
The interior is narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the view out of the back.