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.