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2019 Buick Encore

Original MSRP Range
$23,200--$30,800
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
24--25 MPG City / 29--30 MPG Hwy
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2019 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

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Buick Encore?

For 2019, the Encore's trim level count has been reduced. The Preferred II and Premium have been discontinued. Fuel economy estimates are also lower this year, despite the powertrains going unchanged.

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. When choosing a trim level, we would essentially go high or low. Really, 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 feature content to warrant its higher price.

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How Much Does a 2019 Buick Encore Cost?

The Encore comes in four trim levels. Base-level models are dubbed simply "Encore," while the remaining trims are the Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence.

The base Encore ($23,200) is well-equipped for a base model. It includes 18-inch 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 ($25,600) gains fog lamps, remote ignition and sportier styling elements (the only trim that does). Opting for the more powerful engine brings with it single-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

It can also be equipped with a more powerful engine, which brings with it 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 Preferred and Sport Touring is the Safety Package, which adds blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, plus 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 integrated into the standard touchscreen (include 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$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$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$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$25,800 / $24,8714 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2019 Buick Encore a Safe Car?

All 2019 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 one 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.

The 2019 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.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$38,116 ($0.51 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance6 Years/70,000 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
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger 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
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Active Pkg
  • Protection Pkg
  • Road Trip Pkg
  • Safety Pkg

Competition

2019 Buick Encore vs the competition

2019 Honda HR-V -- The HR-V isn't as comfortable or as quiet as the Encore, but it is more spacious, offers similar feature content and can be surprisingly luxurious inside if you select its uppermost trim level.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek -- The Crosstrek offers no-nonsense space and comfort with excellent fuel economy, despite coming standard with AWD. It's certainly not as quiet or luxurious as the Encore, but you may find it to be a more functional choice.

2019 Lincoln MKC -- The MKC is pricier than the Encore to be sure, and it's also a bit bigger, but it's one of the few small SUVs that shares Buick's emphasis on a comfortable ride and a quiet cabin. And for those seeking an American-made SUV, the MKC has that advantage over the Korean-built Encore (or Chinese-built Buick Envision). If an MKC is out of your price range, you can always seek out a used or certfied pre-owned version.

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