The five-seat Buick Encore stretches the limits of entry-luxury crossovers.Front-wheel drive, a small turbo four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
New for 2014
A blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are now available.
- The Encore is 168 inches long and 70 inches wide, which is nearly three feet shorter and about nine inches narrower than a Buick Enclave
- 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Automatic halogen headlights with blue accent rings
- Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
- Roof rails
- Available rain-sensing windshield wipers
- IntelliLink multimedia system with 7-inch screen, USB connectivity and MP3 jack
- Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic air conditioning
- Cloth and simulated leather upholstery; real leather available
- Available heated front seats
- Available heated steering wheel
- 18.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind rear seats; 48.4 cubic feet with backseat folded
- Front passenger seat folds flat
Under the Hood
- 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
- Engine runs on regular gas
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Front- or all-wheel drive
- Front knee airbags
- Side-impact airbags for front and rear seats
- Side curtain airbags
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system
- Backup camera
- Available forward collision warning
- Available lane departure warning
- Available blind spot warning system
- Available rear cross-traffic alert
2013 Vehicle Overview
Near-luxury crossovers, a segment that slots below entry-luxury models like the BMW X3 and Lexus RX, are still in their infancy, but Buick throws its hat in the ring with the Encore. Slotting far below the three-row Enclave, the Encore stretches the limits of entry-luxury crossovers, taking on models that haven't even arrived here yet: the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Shoppers might also compare it to premium models from non-luxury brands such as the Volkswagen Tiguan or Mazda CX-5.
Front-wheel drive, a small turbo four-cylinder and an automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
The Encore is small, nearly 3 feet shorter and 9.1 inches narrower than the Enclave. The overall shape looks like GM's erstwhile Saturn Vue, with Buick cues in the grille, faux hood portals and blue-tinged headlights. Faux vents cut a chunk from the lights themselves, and the lower flanks can have a darker finish. Short overhangs characterize the profile, which sits on 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The cabin's wraparound shapes and earthy hues recall other Buick dashboards, but active noise cancellation in the Encore is a Buick first. Buick's IntelliLink multimedia system is standard; it can stream smartphone applications through a 7-inch dash display. Like the Verano sedan, the Encore comes with standard leatherette-and-cloth or optional full-leather seats. Other options include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and a backup camera.
Behind the rear seats is 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold the seats down and the Encore has 48.4 cubic feet, which is closer to hatchback than SUV territory, but similar to the space in the X1 and Q3, Buick says. The Encore's fold-flat front passenger seat allows for longer, narrow cargo to fit.
Under the hood
GM's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is the sole engine. With 140 horsepower and 148 pounds-feet of torque, the tiny four-cylinder works through a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional.
Ten airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Forward collision and lane departure warning systems are optional.