2020 Buick Encore

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
24--25 MPG City / 29--30 MPG Hwy
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2020 Buick Encore

What We Like

  • Comfortable ride and upscale interior
  • Abundant features for the money
  • Good fuel economy for an SUV
  • Smaller and more maneuverable than the typical SUV

What We Don't

  • Small cargo area and back seat
  • Pokey acceleration, even with upgraded engine
  • Limited safety tech availability


What's New in the 2020 Buick Encore?

There are no major changes for the 2020 model year. See the 2020 Buick Encore models for sale near you

Which Encore is the Best?

The Encore is an excellent crossover for shoppers who are really just looking for an elevated seating height, a comfy ride and a quiet premium cabin. As you choose a trim level, consider that the base trim is so well-equipped that the next two trims up only add token extras at a cost that doesn't make much sense. At the same time, we would also consider a loaded Essence model with the upgraded engine, as it does provide sufficient extra features to warrant its higher price. Find a Buick Encore for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Buick Encore Cost?

The Encore comes in four trim levels: Encore 1SV, Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence.

The base Encore 1SV ($23,200) is well-equipped for a base model. It includes 18-in alloy wheels, proximity entry and keyless start, a rearview camera, LED running lights, rear privacy glass, roof rails, a power driver's seat, an upholstery combination of cloth and simulated leather, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, OnStar emergency communications, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Buick's 8-in touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth and a 6-speaker sound system that includes satellite radio and a media player interface. It comes standard with white paint, and you can only add black or silver as a $395 option.

There's questionable value in the Preferred trim ($24,600), which really only adds a cargo cover and some floor mats. There are also five additional color choices, but all require an extra charge.

The Sport Touring trim ($25,800) gains fog lamps, remote ignition and sportier styling elements -- it's the only trim that does. Opting for the more powerful engine brings a single-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The vehicle can also be equipped with a more powerful engine, which brings single-zone automatic climate control. The Safety package, consisting of a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert, is optional. Optional on both the Preferred and Sport Touring trims is the Safety Package, which adds blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems and a 120-volt power outlet.

The Encore Essence trim ($29,300) adds LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver memory settings, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and the Safety Package items. It is the only trim level that can be equipped with the optional Safety Package II, which adds forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and an ionizing air cleaner.

Optional on the Sport Touring and Essence trims is a 7-speaker Bose sound system (including HD Radio) and a navigation system that's integrated into the standard touchscreen with dual-zone climate control in the Sport Touring. A sunroof is optional on all but the base trim.

Encore Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Encore AWD 4dr Essence *Ltd Avail*$30,800 / $29,6914 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 296-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Preferred$26,100 / $25,1604 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 296-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Sport Touring *Ltd Avail*$27,300 / $26,3174 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 296-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr$23,200 / $23,1764 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Encore FWD 4dr Essence *Ltd Avail*$29,300 / $28,2454 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Preferred$24,600 / $23,7144 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Sport Touring *Ltd Avail*$25,800 / $24,8714 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2020 Buick Encore a Safe Car?

All 2020 Buick Encore models come standard with dual front airbags, front knee airbags, side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted side-torso airbags. A rearview camera and OnStar emergency communications are also standard. The top-of-the-line Essence trim is the only version available with forward-collision and lane-departure warning, but neither possesses automatic braking or steering intervention. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning are standard on the Essence and optional on the Preferred and Sport Touring trims.

The 2020 Encore received a 5-star score for overall, frontal and side crash protection from the government. This is excellent for a subcompact SUV. In tests carried out by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Encore received the best possible rating of "good" in all crash tests other than the recently introduced small-overlap front crash test, where it got an "acceptable" rating.


Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles
Maintenance1 Year/1 Visit

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2020 Buick Encore vs the competition

2020 Honda HR-V - The 2020 Honda HR-V isn't as comfortable or as quiet as the Encore, but it is more spacious. It also offers similar feature content and can be surprisingly luxurious inside if you select its uppermost trim level.

2020 Mazda CX-3 - The 2020 CX-3 is an athletic little crossover that adds a fun-to-drive factor that's absent from the Encore. It's also great on gas and has a more premium interior than you might expect at its price point.

2020 Kia Soul - Whether you want to call it a hatchback or an SUV, the all-new 2020 Kia Soul is an excellent little car with a roomy interior, user-friendly tech, and a funky look. It's less premium than the Encore, but it's also more affordable.

Used BMW X1 - The Encore straddles the line between mainstream and luxury. If you want a true luxury subcompact SUV without breaking the bank, a used or certified pre-owned BMW X1 is a great way to get one. It delivers strong performance, a spacious cabin and a premium look inside and out.

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