This subcompact SUV has a veneer of luxury, but overall it's an outdated and overpriced vehicle.
The Encore has a relatively well-finished, quiet cabin, and it rides decently.
In addition, the Buick's tidy size makes it easy to maneuver, and handling is sound.
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 unimpressive fuel economy.
We got just 23 mpg overall in our tests.
The small Encore is expensive for what you get, which makes it a dubious value.
The interior is narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the view out of the back.