First Drive: 2020 Buick Encore GX is at Home on the Highway
Buick's lineup gets another subcompact SUV and a second Encore
Although it shares part of its name with an existing Buick SUV, the Encore GX is an entirely new vehicle. It’s slightly larger than the current, tiny Encore but smaller than the compact Envision. Designed and built mostly in Korea, the Encore GX has a starting price below $25,000 and a small footprint that can fit in tiny parking spaces.
The base model comes with a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive. Encore GX buyers who spend a little more can get all-wheel drive and a slightly more powerful three-cylinder turbo engine, plus a few splashes of luxury, including a panoramic moonroof and larger wheels. Prices top out at around $37,000.
What we bought: 2020 Buick Encore GX Select AWD
Powertrain: 155-hp, 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Options: $4,450 for surround-view camera, head-up display, rear park assist, adaptive cruise control, navigation, moonroof, 18-inch wheels, power liftgate
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $33,145