The Encore is a luxurious subcompact SUV that's a full size smaller than "small" SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Buick's overall length is comparable to a Volkswagen Beetle. Tall, short in length, and narrow, the Encore has ungainly proportions, despite some familiar Buick styling cues like a big chrome grille and portholes on the hood.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"This car turns on a dime, especially on tight turns. It accelerates easily, but then we are not fast drivers."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Buick Encore)

"Small engine is surprisingly peppy with the turbo not like many reviewers have stated."

Peter R., NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"Too underpowered."

Eric S., FL (2014 Buick Encore)

"Poor acceleration when starting off. Slow build. Can be dangerous."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Buick Encore)

"Drive very nicely but a little lacking on the acceleration from a stop position"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Buick Encore)

"Handling is great! Acceleration is biased towards fuel economy."

DANIEL B., MN (2014 Buick Encore)

"sluggish acceleration when getting on freeway"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Buick Encore)


Anonymous, IL (2014 Buick Encore)

"Very easy to manipulate. While I have seen some, including Consumer Reports, having an issue with the small engine, I haven't found it to be a problem at at all. Great little SUV."

AMY P., GA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Engine lacks power"

Anonymous, MO (2014 Buick Encore)

"Would like a bit more acceleration from a stop."

KEITH P., MA (2014 Buick Encore)

"The handling in traffic is exceptional. So easy to park. The only negatives are the cramped seating and limited trunk space."

HENRY H., TN (2014 Buick Encore)

"You gave the Encore poor reviews over small 4-cylinder engine however I've found it more than satisfactory. It is not a racing engine, designed for towing or heavy loads, etc. but for a single person, two people or small family or lighter loads it works just fine. I routinely drive up the mountain to Lake Tahoe and it handles it just fine... snow / ice included."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Buick Encore)

"Needs more horsepower underpowered."

R M., FL (2014 Buick Encore)

"Good driving vehicle, great road noise reductions, however, when A/C is on power level of engine is greatly reduced almost to a point that you have to think twice before you pass another vehicle on the road."

Anonymous, IN (2014 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration can be sluggish"

MARK A., CA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is good for a four cylinder engine, maneuverability in and around town is very good and it is surprisingly comfortable and quiet for its size."

Kenneth L., VA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Handling is excellent--steering wheel is very responsive-- you don't feel like you are just floating. Turning radius is excellent."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Buick Encore)

"Turbo lag"

Anonymous, OK (2014 Buick Encore)

"very easy to handle, good acceleration"

Ruebin S., CA (2014 Buick Encore)

"I don't like the acceleration of this small 4 cyl engine."

J G., MN (2014 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is sluggish."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Buick Encore)

"The car is comfortable, quiet, and handles really well. The only concern is the limited cargo space."

Rita R., OH (2014 Buick Encore)

"On many occasions when accelerating, it will not hold 4th gear - it will go straight from 3rd to 5th (with just a brief pause in 4th) which can be a momentum killer"

Joseph J., NJ (2014 Buick Encore)


Joseph R., NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"It seems to be under powered at times."

Albert P., PA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Small and great for urban driving"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"Handling is very good. It does well in rain and snow. Acceleration is a little doggy, particularly going up hill - I have to be careful deciding when to pass and when to hold off."

James K., MI (2014 Buick Encore)

"driver well especially in the winter"

Malcolm Y., AB (2014 Buick Encore)

"In my experience in the acceleration can be bit slow but not something that concerns me. The handling of my Buick Encore is very good. It zips into parking spots very easily. I like the backup camera and the blindspot detection on the side view mirrors."

Kathi B., WA (2014 Buick Encore)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Outside noises is minimal and the ride for a short wheel base is good enough for a decent ride."

Sharon N., MI (2014 Buick Encore)

"Short trips are OK. Longer trips, the back gets cramped."

Patrick K., KY (2014 Buick Encore)

"Excellent, especially for a short wheelbase car"

Thomas T., OH (2014 Buick Encore)

"Very tight and small interior. The ride tends to be choppy at times."

Eric S., FL (2014 Buick Encore)

"Surprisingly quiet inside and gives a comfortable ride."

Peter R., NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"I would like temperature controls for riders in the back seat. The back up camera is difficult for me to judge distance. It doesn't have the green, yellow and red guide lines like every other backup camera I've seen. Overall, I'm delighted with this car and would buy it again. The seats fit me perfectly and is one of the deciding factors in purchasing it. I have sciatica and the seat is long enough to support my legs comfortably. Back seat riders say there is plenty of leg room and seats are c"

SUE M., CO (2014 Buick Encore)

"Passenger seat has no armrest and doors have no handle or bar to reach out to close door. The interior is tight and I did not think it would matter but feel crowded when driving with a passenger."

RITA Z., AZ (2014 Buick Encore)

"When the gas tank was quarter full the tank rattled against the floor panel under the rear seat. The dealer had to add a strap to hold the tank in place."

RAY M., ON (2014 Buick Encore)

"Driver's seat is very comfortable during long rides with many adjustments available"

JOHN M., NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"Two larger people don't have much spare room in the front seat--no arm rest for passenger, air noise from windows, ride is quite good"

KATHLEEN H., NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"Multiseat function- lumbar; OnStar, hands free"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Quite except for the sun roof . Compact and easy to handle great fuel mileage."

CRYSTAL K., IL (2014 Buick Encore)

"The driver's seat is uncomfortable during long trips. Sice it's my wife's car, I may not know the proper way to adjust it."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Buick Encore)

"back seats fold down in order to make more room in rear of auto. seats in rear pull out and fold up to back of front seats. VERY POOR DESIGN and when folding back into sitting position dealing with seat belt buckles is very difficult. Overall a poor design option. ALSO, very little rear compartment space and usually have to lay back seats down just in order to get anything in. The major reason will think twice about purchasing another encore model."

Anonymous, IN (2014 Buick Encore)

"Seats are comfortable, but the body is somewhat narrow. Love the hatch back for hauling groceries and gardening supplies"

R H., VA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Driver seat is very comfortable. Steering adjustment is good. Noise level is okay."

LOYE M., NC (2014 Buick Encore)

"Too costly for value received. Disappointed in comfort--ride, seats, noise for price."

Anonymous, VT (2014 Buick Encore)

"comfortable front seats, have never used the back seats"

Malcolm Y., AB (2014 Buick Encore)

"Seats are comfortable, but the headrests cannot be lowered enough for a short person. The car is noisy inside. I frequently find myself checking windows because of the interior noise. It is definitely not a quiet ride. Another concern are the blind spots, especially the front windshield right corner and right mirror. Can make turns difficult. But I love my car!"

Rita R., OH (2014 Buick Encore)


Joseph R., NY (2014 Buick Encore)

"Nice riding position. Comfortable, adjustable seats. Trustworthy, well-behaved ride. Acceleration is a little slow - particularly up hills, but I understand why."

James K., MI (2014 Buick Encore)

"Just a great ride for a small SUV"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Buick Encore)

"Very Buick-like (meaning very quiet). Great ride and comfy seats. Great attention to detail for all interior."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Buick Encore)

"From day 1 we've complained about the noisy brakes and noise in general. The service department says that they can't hear anything. The noise has increased from just backing up to turning the wheels, and starting to drive up inclines. It has started emitting squeaks when driving down the freeway. I've taken it to 2 Buick dealers and they are all deaf. My neighbors aren't."

Karen A., CA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Soft ride for small suv"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Buick Encore)

"The seats are comfortable and adjustable for height as well as distance. The ride is a typical SUV, not so cushy on the road."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Buick Encore)

"This is the quietest vehicle! We love it because it’s very small, but is also very quiet. Seats are very comfortable. And the ride is very smooth with good handling"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Buick Encore)

"This is a small car that is easy to handle but it has a comfortable large passenger area;"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Buick Encore)

"It’s very comfy"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Buick Encore)

"Comfortable seats, quiet ride....Love the heated seats in winter. Heat and air work great."

Henry H., TN (2014 Buick Encore)

"It is quiet. Room in the back seat is limited, likely because of the width of the interior. It is cramped with two adults in the back, but okay for short trips."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Buick Encore)

"very quiet"

Ruebin S., CA (2014 Buick Encore)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The Encore is a solid little car and was very reasonably priced in comparison to other similar 4WD SUVs. I would have been willing to pay more for some enhanced luxury items in the interior, but things like push-button start weren't available in 2014."

James K., MI (2014 Buick Encore)

"got it used really think I got a good deal."

CONSTANCE P., NC (2014 Buick Encore)

"Love the gas mileage, especially on the highway. Sometimes as high as 36mpg on a 300 mile trip"

ALICIA W., MI (2014 Buick Encore)

"Got a good deal. Was finance with Zero Interest. Rotate tires and all change free for 18 months."

TINA E., TX (2014 Buick Encore)

"Terrific little car. Lots of extras for the price."

LOYE M., NC (2014 Buick Encore)

"What a great value! This is the Swiss Army knife of vehicles. Not only is it comfortable and smooth riding, but we have, at different times, fit a 55‿ TV, a power washer, 3large dogs, and luggage for four people. It’s so versatile!"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Buick Encore)

"Oil pan gasket leak that dealer has had to fix and replace 4 times now. Not satisfactory at all."

J G., MN (2014 Buick Encore)

"Failure of engine sensor. Failure of AC system costing $1500 for repair."

James S., SC (2014 Buick Encore)

"My Encore has been a very reliable and fun to drive auto. I think it has held its value and I have high mileage, good gas mileage and sufficient power."

D Y., OK (2014 Buick Encore)

"A lot of car and features for the money"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Buick Encore)

"This is a very good running small suv that handles well and is very maneuverable in traffic. I was surprised at how well it handled in the snow also."

Kenneth L., VA (2014 Buick Encore)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Nice looking small car. Great interior functions and comfort."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Buick Encore)

"Sharp little SUV."

AMY P., GA (2014 Buick Encore)

"Very classy styling. Gets noticed a lot"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Buick Encore)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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