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Buick Encore

The Encore is a luxurious subcompact SUV that's a full size smaller than "small" SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Based on the Chevrolet Sonic, the Buick's overall length is about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Tall, short, 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

"The 4 cylinder could use a little more pep. slow pickup. Handling is acceptable."

Allan W., PA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Excellent."

Willis S., FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is pretty good on the sport model especially considering it's a 1.4 liter engine. Very competent in turns."

Douglas S., CA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Great acceleration, and just fun to drive."

Kerry W., OK (2016 Buick Encore)

"Zippy and quick"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"Great car around town..handling decent...somewhat under powered..could use some more horsepower"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Initial hesitation on acceleration. I have to be careful & not pull out in front of anyone"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Buick Encore)

"It handles well, and has good acceleration. The steering is pretty touchy, but just fine once you get acquainted with it."

Anonymous, KS (2016 Buick Encore)

"Generally quite good for a 4-cylinder, but does not accelerate as fast as I expect from a stop. It is better if I turn the a/c off"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Turbo has a slow response to acceleration and wgwhen it does respond it can cause erratic behavior if making a turn."

Anonymous, NM (2016 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is poor but I knew that was the trade off for good gas mileage."

Leonard K., OH (2016 Buick Encore)

"The vehicle handles fine but the acceleration often feels strained as if the engine is under powered."

M T., VA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Car handles well but acceleration is not there better make sure you start early or have lots of room"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Encore)

"Love the turbocharged. Goes now when I want to pass, and all this with excellent gas mileage."

Chris B., MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"mini SUV - perfect for island living"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Has great pick up speed when required for passing cars on the highway. Very sturdy. Very comfortable for a long drive."

S C., ON (2016 Buick Encore)

"Poor gas milage"

BETTY C., IA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Very peppy and great handling. Love to drive out Encore."

MARK R., IA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Love the acceleration as it has a V6 turbo engine. Its very easy to park"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Poor acceleration."

Anonymous, KS (2016 Buick Encore)

"The car drives well but at highway speeds it does not feel as secure."

PAN G., FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Acceleration is terrible, and Gas mileage is awful. 1.8 liter turbo is sluggish and couldn't beat a turtle from a dead stop. The gas mileage for a 1.8 should be 30 mpg. Instead it is barely over 20. Terrible. But stylish and comfortable car."

RODNEY F., ID (2016 Buick Encore)

"Drives very well, love the higher seat position u get with this SUV. Have the more powerful engine than my 2013 Encore and love the extra power. Have the sport model and appreciate the improved styling. good value for the price.."

DUANE L., TN (2016 Buick Encore)

"Gas mileage and power could be better."

C L., IL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Blind spots concerning"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Buick Encore)

"Visibility could be better. Posts restrict visibility."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Encore)

"For the most part the acceleration is really good for the size of engine it has, it only balked somewhat when I had 2 adults and 2 children in it, otherwise no problems. Handling is wonderful, easy to drive and turns in a small area. Love it!"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Buick Encore)

"Car drifts on grooved pavement"

MIKE B., MI (2016 Buick Encore)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Leased vehicle. Satisfied except for the fact that the interior lights have never worked and the nav system is difficult to program."

Willis S., FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"VERY QUIET - WELL SOUNDPROOFED. RIDE QUALITY - GOOD COMFORTABLE FRONT SEATS"

Michael S., TX (2016 Buick Encore)

"very comfortable and quiet for a sporty, small hatchback"

Douglas S., CA (2016 Buick Encore)

"The ride is relatively quiet for a small car. It also rides fairly smoothly."

Anonymous, KS (2016 Buick Encore)

"6 way power seats..."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Drivers seat is excellent for adjusting to my back issues. Ride is very smooth like a car, not an SUV."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Buick Encore)

"My experience in the interior of the vehicle continues to be very positive:seats are comfortable and easy to adjust, the cabin is quiet, the second row seats fold down easily (and I've us d this feature many times)"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"CANT SEE DASH BOARD IN THE DAYLIGHT"

Sam K., NY (2016 Buick Encore)

"The seats are very comfortable even on long trips."

Sara P., MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"Random noise coming from rear wheels; window visibility not as good as I had so have had a couple close calls Wish it was a little bit higher off the ground and larger"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Ride is quite stiff."

Edward B., PA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Seats are very comfortable and the vehicle is quiet with a nice ride and handles very nice.."

Duane L., TN (2016 Buick Encore)

"The road noise is much louder than I expected. Thinner and lighter construction materials give the vehicle a 'tin can' feel every time the doors are closed. With the use of lighter materials I would have expected better gas mileage but the vehicle's mileage is no better than my other larger (and one year older) SUV."

M T., VA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Seats are comfortable but slightly under-siaed for an average-sized adult - especially seat width"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"very comfortable,quiet.nice ride"

Dennis K., MN (2016 Buick Encore)

"Very comfortable seats. Love the adjustable lumbar support. Nice quiet drive"

Anonymous, KY (2016 Buick Encore)

"Very quiet and comfortable. Not tiring to drive it at all. Air conditioning works much better than any other car we have had"

CHARLES S., WI (2016 Buick Encore)

"Very comfortable ride & quieter than my previous car"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Extremely quiet, smooth ride and comfortable seating. Good room in rear seat for car of this size."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Seating is very comfortable. However there is only a manual recline control."

C L., IL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Driver's seat controls stopped working for no apparent reason. Dealer changed fuse but said it was not blown. No reason identified for seat. I see this as a potential safety problem."

Anonymous, KS (2016 Buick Encore)

"Very quiet ride, the driver seat is comfortable, sound system and climate control work very well."

TERRY R., CA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Seated high for comfort and ease of driving. Even my spouse with spinal injuries may ride comfortably in this car. Gas mileage on my previous 2013 Encore which I just traded for the 2016 - got me 44 miles per gallon."

SANDRA B., MD (2016 Buick Encore)

"driver side arem rest is a pain."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"I love the air conditioning. It cools my car down immediately and it does not produce cold spots. It is very responsive. If I change the temperature setting slightly, I feel the result at once."

MARIA B., MA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Very comfortable seats"

MARK R., IA (2016 Buick Encore)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"High quality interior materials, many of the bells and whistles more expensive cars have, highly styled exterior, great gas mileage for a very affordable cost."

Kerry W., OK (2016 Buick Encore)

"Stylish with great navigation system, great audio system, comfortable ride."

Anonymous, MI (2016 Buick Encore)

"It is a very complete comfortable vehicle in the basic passage."

David B., NC (2016 Buick Encore)

"By waiting until early 2017 to buy one of the many 2016's on the lot, this car was almost 1/3 off. Exceptional value for the price paid."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Good car for the price"

Jose R., FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"It was exactly the type of car we were looking for."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Price is too high for the value."

Edward B., PA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Was able to trade 2013 GMC Acadia for NEW 2016 Buick Encore no cash, full warranty"

Anonymous, CT (2016 Buick Encore)

"The Buick Encore is a lot of bang for the buck. They always seem to have large incentives, and are fiercely discounted. But, they mine, soon to be 3 years old, has held it's value well. They look great, are functional, and have that Buick panache that the Chevy and others don't. The ride and handling is fabulous, although the 4 cyl is noisy from the gate, sounding like a VW Beatle from the '60's. But once at speed, it's silent, and the turbo is amazing! Do yourself a favor, spring for the All Wheel Drive option, just great in bad weather."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Buick Encore)

"After numerous months of comparison shopping I was unable to locate any other make that provided the features or had the overall ratings given the Escort."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Buick Encore)

"I leased it....low down, low payments, mostly reliable....comfortable for what I wanted it for...A good little car....Buick has done a nice job with these..."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Buick Encore)

"It is my wife's car which I maintain. She loves the Buick Encore and this is her second one. she loves the size, gas mileage and comfort of the vehicle. For the money she paid, with her trade in, it was a good deal for her."

Duane L., TN (2016 Buick Encore)

"Wonderfully styled, we get compliments"

Douglas G., WA (2016 Buick Encore)

"Incredible value on 2 year lease. Good "city" car."

S N., CA (2016 Buick Encore)

"I think that the ride is not a good old Buick ride. Not the soft Buick ride. Very poor gas milage for the car size."

BETTY C., IA (2016 Buick Encore)

"I bought this Encore for under $25000 with all of the extra perks that were available."

JAYME W., OK (2016 Buick Encore)

"needed to trade in my 2010 Buick Enclave which had MANY problems and got a good deal on trade in and incentives at Buick"

Anonymous, WV (2016 Buick Encore)

"The model that I bought came with everything except all wheel drive. The car averaged 29 mpg and that is with lots of Idling.The car handled very well both driver and passenger front seat were 6 way power."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Buick Encore)

"Got the employee discount so it was a good value."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Size and ride for around town"

BILL L., FL (2016 Buick Encore)

"Would like a little more acceleration, especially passing, However that issue does not come up often enough while driving in this area to be an issue. Passengers often respond positively and with surprise when they get in the car for the first time. I think Consumer reports is under rating this car."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Buick Encore)

"Buick had a special sales incentive- 20% off and w took advantage of the deal. he car gives you a comfortable ride, great gas mileage,with all the most current features Just under 30.000."

SANDRA B., MD (2016 Buick Encore)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"unique color and overall good looks, have had several compliments on it."

GEORGE E., AZ (2016 Buick Encore)

"The styling is what drew me to the 2016 Buick Encore. It does not have the usual SUV style. It is very classy and has curb appeal."

PATRICIA F., CA (2016 Buick Encore)

"seats are cramped and not much storage room for gear"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Buick Encore)

"interior is sharp"

Anonymous, WV (2016 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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