- Entry-level, 5-seat luxury crossover
- Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS
- Available all-wheel drive transmission
The 2016 Buick Encore is a compact, luxury SUV that was recognized as an IIHS 2016 Top Safety Pick. It competes with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
Five trims are available: the base, Convenience, Sport Touring, Leather, and Premium.
The Encore is a cute crossover with big-eyed headlights and a short, round body. Its relatively small size makes it convenient to drive around the city. It comes standard with heated side mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, fog lights, and 18-inch, 7-spoke wheels are also available.
Powering the Encore is a standard 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The Sport Touring trim is tuned to achieve 153-hp. Fuel economy for the Encore with FWD is an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway. It drops to 23/26 mpg for the AWD version.
Inside, the Encore has a small, yet cozy cabin. Upscale cloth seats come standard, but leather-appointed seats are available as well. The Encore has a standard IntelliLink multimedia system with a 7-inch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and music, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, and a satellite radio. A memory seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a Bose premium audio system are also available.
The Encore earned a full 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the NHTSA. It was also named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. A backup camera, 10 airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system come standard. Front and rear park assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert are available as well.