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 ungainly proportions, despite some familiar Buick styling cues like a big chrome grille and portholes on the hood.

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

"Engine shutdown while stopped is annoying at times. It works well, but the on and off is a strange feeling."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Buick Encore)

"It handles very well, but acceleration can be a bit sluggish on the highway."

Barbara A., IA (2018 Buick Encore)

"It is a Turbo so I like the power and response."

Margaret C., IL (2018 Buick Encore)

"Very responsive, handles nice, and smooth ride."

Ryan L., NC (2018 Buick Encore)

"acceleration is slow"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Buick Encore)

"the handling is great but the acceleration could use more power"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Buick Encore)

"It feels like a bumpy ride, you feel every bump in the road"

Bonnie L., AZ (2018 Buick Encore)

"Handles well, easy to maneuver"

Paul B., NC (2018 Buick Encore)

"Often reports find the Encore to be under powered. I do not. I am pleased with the acceleration and shifting. Seem very spirited for my needs."

Willard H., PA (2018 Buick Encore)

"handling is pretty good - acceleration, not so much"

Gary G., WA (2018 Buick Encore)

"This car has a great smooth powerful engine and the car being a smaller suv handles just great for whatever driving needs."

John S., OH (2018 Buick Encore)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats and ride and noise level are extremely comfortable, smooth and quiet considering the mess our roads are in."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Buick Encore)

"This is the most comfortable car that I have ever owned. It is steady on the road. the noise level is excellent."

Alexander C., NY (2018 Buick Encore)

"Easy to enter and exit , seats seem to give good support"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Buick Encore)

"Smooth ride and no road noise."

George T., TX (2018 Buick Encore)

"Smooth ride with no road noise."

George T., TX (2018 Buick Encore)

"Very comfortable ride, little road noise and no wind noise.Seats are supportive. Excellent for compact SUV."

Edward C., MO (2018 Buick Encore)

"For the cost of it is quiet and comfortable"

Larry L., WA (2018 Buick Encore)

"Ride is so smooth for a smaller vehicle. I am impressed with how quiet the car is. Would have to say the best drops a bit into first which is not nice."

Dennis B., CT (2018 Buick Encore)

"I liked the vehicle because the seat is higher to get in and out off."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Buick Encore)

"The only problem I have experienced with my Encore is the level of road noise. It is not as quiet as I expected from a Buick. I told the dealer about the issue, but they didn't offer any solution."

Tom S., MI (2018 Buick Encore)

"Passenger seat does nor have an arm rest on the left side."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Buick Encore)

"Seats fit us well and the heating systems makes them quite comfortable on cool days."

Linda G., OH (2018 Buick Encore)

"I have been very pleasantly surprised about how quiet, noise-free, smooth-riding and comfortable both our 2017 and 2018 have been, especially for being fairly small cars. In fact, I bought my 2018 Encore primarily based on how well my wife liked her 2017 version of the same car."

Andrew P., NY (2018 Buick Encore)

"Very pleasantly surprised how comfortable the seat and ride is on this vehicle. Almost like seats better that the more expensive (and older) M35. Bought because on the higher entry/seats but really like the ride. Use now as primary car for longer trips."

Zach S., CA (2018 Buick Encore)

"the seats seem narrow and adjustability could be a little better"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Buick Encore)


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

What Owners Say

"Purchased during May received substantial discount from MSRP"

Anonymous, AR (2018 Buick Encore)

"Great little car, good gas mileage for $210 per month and 0 down. Nice ride, enough features to make it enjoyable."

Ryan L., NC (2018 Buick Encore)

"I previously bought a 2018 Chevy Trax which I had as a run around car for a few months but it did not have all the features of the Buick Encore- i.e. heated steering wheel so that is why I traded it in and bought the Encore which had a wonderful rebate."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Buick Encore)

"It's easy to get in and out of and it locks its self."

Neil R., WA (2018 Buick Encore)

"Sticker price of $27,000 and was able to purchase new for $18,000"

Frank P., CO (2018 Buick Encore)

"I feel like it is a good match for my needs for transport carrying miscellaneous stuff and very good mileage on the highway and in town"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Buick Encore)

"This little Buick has all the bells and whistles of larger, more expensive vehicles. It is fun to drive. Great value!"

Kerry W., OK (2018 Buick Encore)

"Great value for money. Comfortable and convenient for a very reasonable price. Drives easily and runs quietly."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Buick Encore)

"Received $10,000 of sticker which I haven't seen since."

Anonymous, KS (2018 Buick Encore)

"Great value for features on this vehicle. Best value I could find for well under $20,000 I paid."

George T., TX (2018 Buick Encore)

"For a small SUV just get not only a nicely equipped SUV for the price but also a 4 year, 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty."

Gerald M., LA (2018 Buick Encore)

"GMAC gave me $8000 plus &3000 dealer incentives for financing with them."

Edward C., MO (2018 Buick Encore)

"19000 for it...nice looking and quiet"

Julian K., TX (2018 Buick Encore)

"The Encore works well as our second car., It is smaller and fits well in the garage and was reasonably priced to fit our needs."

Linda G., OH (2018 Buick Encore)

"Excellent trade in value for our 2014 Encore"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Buick Encore)

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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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