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2018
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Buick Encore

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Buick Encore 2018 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Base
Derived from the small Chevrolet Sonic subcompact sedan, this subcompact SUV has a veneer of luxury. It does have a well-finished, quiet cabin and a ride that's better than a number of larger SUVs. 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 just fair fuel economy. We got just 23 mpg overall in our tests. In addition, the Encore is expensive, making it a questionable value. The Encore's tidy size makes it easy to maneuver, and its handling is sound but unexceptional. The interior is narrow and cramped, and the swoopy styling intrudes on the view out of the back. A more powerful Sport Touring version is also available.

Road Test

The Encore is a subcompact SUV that's a size smaller than "small" SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Based on the Chevrolet Sonic, it's meant to blend some luxury touches with a small footprint. Tall, short, and narrow, the Encore has...

Highs

  • Compact dimensions make it easy to maneuver and park
  • Relatively quiet cabin and comfortable ride, particularly for the class

Lows

  • Underpowered
  • Mediocre fuel economy

Best Version to Get

All Encores come with 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth, and a rear camera. The Convenience trim line adds blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, automatic climate control and remote start. The aptly named Leather trim line brings leather upholstery, of course, but also heated seats and a heate...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138 hp)
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (153 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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