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

"Excellent acceleration. Handles like a dream."

Hillary H., FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"SLOW acceleration"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"There's not a lot of "oomph" in the engine on acceleration but once it gets to speed, it is solid on the road and handles bumps well."

Anonymous, RI (2015 Buick Encore)

"It's great at handling. Very easy to control. You can park it anywhere with ease. Acceleration isn't the best."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is smooth to the touch and it handles with precision."

Stephen B., PA (2015 Buick Encore)

"very good in both"

Dan N., WI (2015 Buick Encore)

"I got the smaller 1.7 engine because I thought it would be ok since it is a turbo. It's very hard to maintain a speed.. I wish I had bought the 2.4 engine."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration slow, hesitates. Turning radius rather large for the size of vehicle."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Buick Encore)

"Turning Radius, seated higher, size of the vehicle. Tucks right into parking places. Safety features, side mirrors, backup camera, side blind spot notices,"

Bill-Kathy P., FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"plenty of power and great handlimg"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is good and the size of the vehicle lends itself to handling well"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"acceleration slow to respond drives great otherwise"

Dianne R., RI (2015 Buick Encore)

"For a small engine, it does very well due to the turbocharger."

Kurt H., MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Smaller engine results in better gas mileage but less pep. 95% of the time this is an acceptable trade off. Handles well in traffic, smooth at highway speeds, parks easily in tight spots and fits in my small garage."

James L., MN (2015 Buick Encore)

"See previous."

Jacquie N., KY (2015 Buick Encore)

"Small displacement turbo engine is underpowered at highway speeds."

Kevin K., NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"Accelerates quickly, evenly, and adequately. Handles easily, and short turning distance."

Carol G., CA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is sometimes sluggish particularly when getting up to freeway speed."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Buick Encore)

"All come downs on how you intend to use this car. For urban usage is just great. Acceleration is adequate, car is agile in town and very easy to park."

Antonio M., NC (2015 Buick Encore)

"Under powered engine Handles good. Great traction"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"QUIET RIDE!!!!"

Bob D., MB (2015 Buick Encore)

"The car is bel try level but drives like a top of the line e performer. A. Eleration onto the highway is perfect t. And handles like a road race car. Most bumps are unnoticed enable. MY potholes only cause a job eling"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"Handles rough with all season tires. Does better with our purchase of snow tires in winter. Not happy with all season tires that came with car."

PAUL L., VT (2015 Buick Encore)

"Reports were that this was under powered. I have found it to be great around town. I can accelerate just fine going on the freeway. It drives great at freeway speed, can pass without problem. I have never felt it to be under powered."

KARL K., WA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very disappointed in acceleration, although I knew it before purchasing and decided everything else about it made up for it."

STEVEN R., TX (2015 Buick Encore)

"not as comfortable as the Lucerene, but easier to get inand out of."

Anonymous, SD (2015 Buick Encore)

"rear visibility is horible"

ANDY Z., CA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Much quicker than I expected considering the size of the engine. Very responsive acceleration and good passing power on the expressway. Nimble and quick. Easy to park and maneuver."

JAN P., MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Seats are too narrow"

GREG C., GA (2015 Buick Encore)

"The acceleration is not great, but it good enough for me. The handling is superb."

ROGER L., IL (2015 Buick Encore)

"For a small vehicle it has excellent power. Handles well and has no issues even at 70 mph on the freeway."

THOMAS C., MN (2015 Buick Encore)

"under powered"

J W., CA (2015 Buick Encore)

"The acceleration seems somewhat anemic at times until the turbo cuts in."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Buick Encore)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Noise level is very low, comfort outstanding!"

Fred S., OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"The seats in the encore are the most comfortable seats I've ever had. I have driven 12 hours and still felt good."

Hillary H., FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"Seat comfort was surprising uncomfortable. The arm rest is absolutely useless and unacceptable on a car this nice in every other way."

Denis F., NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"Quiet ride. Very little road and wind noise. Takes bumps well."

June Y., PA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Small car with luxury car comgort"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"i am 5 ft tall. The seats are not too deep. They do not cut into my legs. I can reach everything. The ride is smooth, quiet & comfortable."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"It is a very comfortable ride and drives easily"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"I find the seats tone very comfortable for long and short rides. Having had back surgery this was very important to me. I am not as pleased with the ride in general . would like a smoother ride. We have bad roads in Michigan and it is far too apparent in this car."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"The comfort of this car is excellent and competes well with more expensive cars. The leather is comfortable and very supportive. This car is designed for inside and outside noise control. The system is just awesome. And, the ride is excellent. It is exceptional to other cars in its class. It has the ride that is central to Buick's repetition."

Gregory R., OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"comfortable seats but could use a little more padding. I hate the armrest. It's too narrow"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Buick Encore)

"seats are narrow and uncomfortable on rides longer then half hour"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Great ride for the size of the car. No repairs so far in the life of the car"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Buick Encore)

"seats too narrow, uncomfortable for long rides"

James C., GA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Ride is very comfortable. The seatbelts in the back could be a little easier to find after the seats are put back up after being folded down. I always have problems holding them in place, especially the wider of the two, when putting them up."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Buick Encore)

"Road noise"

Jerry H., NC (2015 Buick Encore)

"The seats are the best"

Herbert B., IN (2015 Buick Encore)

"Surprisingly quiet. Very little road noise. Great sound system."

Richard S., PA (2015 Buick Encore)

"seats are designed for very small thin people . lumbar is not placed in proper position for comfort. If I don't like someone I let them sit in the back seat. They never ask for a ride again."

Sharon S., FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very nice ride on our awful roads"

Priscilla K., WI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very very quiet. Provides power seats both for driver and passenger seats. Seats are very comfortable"

Vicki F., PE (2015 Buick Encore)

"I fell in love at first sight. The Encore was exactly what I was looking for. It's a small, but very will appointed SUV. The horsepower has been criticized, but I have found that if you know how to drive this SUV you can overcome the transmission shifting up too soon. I never have trouble merging onto interstates and I'm not in anyone's way. Fun to drive and easy to park. Perfect!"

Jacquie N., KY (2015 Buick Encore)

"my wife is small and everything is convenient for her"

Dan N., WI (2015 Buick Encore)

"It is a quiet, smooth ride."

Stephen B., PA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Noise level and ride quality excellent for vehicle of this size and wheelbase."

Kevin K., NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"The car interior is too small and cramped."

Glenn B., PA (2015 Buick Encore)

"It is the most comfortable ride I have ever had. My passengers frequently make the same comment"

Edward B., MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very comfortable, quiet ride for a vehicle of this size."

Salvatore M., PA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Comfort, ease of handling,"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Buick Encore)

"No powered tail gate option an my wife too short to reach opened door"

WALTER R., OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"The driver seat armrest is Unacceptable!"

DENIS F., NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very quiet inside the cabin, seating is very comfortable on long rides and climate control works great."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"Seats are very uncomfortable,and there is only drivers side arm rest.. Korea passengers must have only one arm."

SHARON S., FL (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very good ride, quiet, transmission shifts very smooth, automatic HVAC works great. Like the tall height of the seats."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Buick Encore)

"We purchase the leather seats. Must say they are probably the most comfortable auto seats I have had. Very supportive (they are all electric - both driver and passenger seats). Road noise is very low and ride is controlled but not sporty"

CHUCK K., AZ (2015 Buick Encore)

"I haven't had the Encore long but have really enjoyed it. For a small car, the ride is smooth, plenty of power for take off. Seats are really comfortable for short or long trips. We are well pleased with it."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Weeks after buying this vehicle in 3/2015, I started to regularly hear a pop sound coming from around the dashboard area. It's not loud. It's a quick little snap or pop which sounds like plastic or another material breaking. I have not asked the dealer about it yet, but plan to on my next visit. The sound happens during every car ride about once per 30 minutes. Seems to be coming from inside the drivers side dashboard."

THERESA G., TX (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very good ride / quiet / seats are comfortable on long trips / excellent automatic climate control"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Buick Encore)

"interior too small, rough ride except in driver seatwhich crampt but ok"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"The seat hieght was important as my wife at had hip surgergy just before we leased this car. We have been exceptionally pleased with the cat on that score."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Buick Encore)

"Seats are to small and uncomfortable for a man at 6' feet 230 lbs."

WILLIAM B., MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Everything about the comfort of this car is awesome. It is all of what the advertisements say it is."

GREGORY R., OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"the only suv we drove that had 6way passenger seat"

GEORGE S., WA (2015 Buick Encore)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"SUV at a price that is loaded with luxury."

Fred S., OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"Well-appointed and stylish, and a surprisingly comfortable ride."

Anonymous, RI (2015 Buick Encore)

"The value was ok. Biggest plus on this car is all the safety features I got with the Premium model for the price. Best sound system on any car that I've driven."

Denis F., NY (2015 Buick Encore)

"It had all the features on it we wanted at that time, but not now."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Buick Encore)

"The size of this vehicle is taughted as being larger than it is. It is the same as the Chevy Trax"

John M., GA (2015 Buick Encore)

"This is a fun car to drive despite a small engine. Acceleration is just adequate and handling is impressive good. Car looks good, great drive position and interior finish is above average for the money. Is a great choice for a second car."

Antonio M., NC (2015 Buick Encore)

"Great luxury small SUV"

Vicki F., PE (2015 Buick Encore)

"Got what I thought was a good price for the car."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Buick Encore)

"Seems to me to be a very nice car for the money . It is well appointed and has the comfort devices that I require. The heated seats and variety of seat position controls are helpful. The interior looks good and is easy to maintain.I am a gardener and find the luggage area adequate for transporting plants and other garden materials. Pretty easy to food seats down and to load and unload back area."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Compared to other in the same category, the seats are good - driver lumbar support. Enough backseat room. Great backseats fold down easily. Great acceleration and handling, and easy to turn,"

Carol G., CA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Good value. Less than CR suggested price."

James L., MN (2015 Buick Encore)

"Excellent value for what we were looking for. This is the first car in 40 years my wife has totally loved for her to drive."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Buick Encore)

"When we bought this car August 2015 we were looking for something in the 30k range. And, I wanted a Buick and a smaller car. I had owned sever Buicks including classics. This car surpasses similar cars in 2015 in ride with the luxuries of many more expensive Buicks. I drove the cousin in the GM line and found that they were completely different in quality and ride. Amazingly, these two cars have the same engine and transmissions; yet, so different with the Encore more than a cut above GM's cousin."

Gregory R., OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"The value on the 2015 is the best."

Herbert B., IN (2015 Buick Encore)

"We wish we had gotten the next size up. There's not enough room for shopping etc."

Michael B., SC (2015 Buick Encore)

"I used the MSRP reduction with a Costco credit benefit making it a good deal"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Buick Encore)

"Bought a brand new 2015 during 2016. Got over $6000 off the sticker price. Great vehicle. Loaded and very nice inside and out."

NORM K., MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"Great lease deal. Great little suv for the money."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Buick Encore)

"Very good value for a Buick, even for a vehicle made in Korea."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Buick Encore)

"Like it, good size and mileage"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Buick Encore)

"I compared this with the comproble Audi and Mercedes. Both cost much more and the Buick had a better warrenty pretty much the others in features and driving comfort. It does not have the reputation of an Audi or Mercedes but when measuring value, it is in my opinion, it stands well above either."

KARL K., WA (2015 Buick Encore)

"Plenty of power with the turbo engine. Don't believe the articles that say it lacks power."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Buick Encore)

"While this is a small SUV, it offers a great deal of comfort and amenities for the price. Nice interior finish, rides great, handles supurb"

JAN P., MI (2015 Buick Encore)

"It was 7 months used, got it $5000 - $6000 less then a new one with 3000 miles"

YUVAL R., MA (2015 Buick Encore)

"It's a good buy"

JOSE G., TX (2015 Buick Encore)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"small, cute, popular with others"

DOUGLAS W., IN (2015 Buick Encore)

"Wife's vehicle ... the cute ute look attracted her to it."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Buick Encore)

"I wish the trunk was a little larger. Hard to get everything in it when I go to Sam's. Other than that, I can't think of anything that I dislike about it."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Buick Encore)

"I hope the appearance will remain the same in the coming years. I turn then to yet another Buick. I love the appearence like a round ball."

RENE L., QC (2015 Buick Encore)

"I like the look of the car, it is sharp."

LISA G., FL (2015 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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