The Encore GX is a new subcompact SUV that’s a companion to—not a replacement for—the current Encore.
The tiny GX has an airy interior, although the rear seat is tight, and doses of luxury are applied unevenly throughout.
Controls are easy to use.
Two small, turbocharged three-cylinder engines are available, as are both front- and all-wheel drive.
AWD versions get the more powerful engine, a 1.3-liter turbo coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The GX pulls strongly during highway passing maneuvers, but the engine sounds gravelly and produces considerable vibration especially at low speeds.
Handling is quite responsive and secure, but the ride skews firm.
The GX gets standard advanced safety features, including AEB with pedestrian detection.