Consumer Reviews Summary
35 of 41 (85%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Buick Encore Overview
Brand new for 2013, the Buick Encore is a small take on the luxury crossover offering crossover-like appearance in a tiny package.
There’s no way to get around it, the five-seat Encore is a very small vehicle and its styling, which makes it seem like it will fit in the palm of your hand, doesn’t do it any favors in that area. This isn’t to disparage the Encore in any way, clearly Buick is onto something because BMW and Audi both introduced models of similar stature this year as well – there’s a market for cute utes (utility cars) and the Encore definitely fits the bill. Buick signature styling pieces are there, including the hood portals, blue tinted headlights, and waterfall grille. The Encore stands very upright; 18-inch aluminum wheels are standard.
Under the hood of the Encore is GM’s 140-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder making 148 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive optional for those looking for extra traction. The Encore gets good fuel economy compared to most compact crossovers, 25/33 mpg city/highway with the FWD setup and 23/30 mpg with AWD equipped.
Inside, the Encore’s calling card is silence. Buick put a lot of effort into separating the Encore’s cabin from the outside world, using laminated glass, sound absorbing materials, and even active noise cancellation (think headphones) to keep what happen inside insulated from the buzz outside. There isn’t as much cargo room as you’d find in most crossovers, 18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 48.4 cubic feet with the seats folded. In addition, the front passenger seat folds flat as well for longer cargo.
The Encore’s interior has a modern appearance with blue highlights in the instrument panel and center console, and plenty of upscale materials. It also features some of GM’s latest technology, including IntelliLink which can stream smartphone applications and utilizes a large seven-inch dash display. IntelliLink is standard, as are leatherette seating, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, and steering-wheel mounted audio/phone controls. Dual-zone automatic climate control and leather upholstery are optional for added comfort.
Although it has not yet been crash tested, the 2013 Encore comes with one of the best collections of standard safety features around. 10 airbags, a backup camera, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and OnStar come standard. For added safety, forward collision and lane departure warning systems are optional.