Comfortable ride and upscale interior; exceptional price point; strong fuel economy for an SUV
Might be a little too small; performance could definitely use a boost, even at the expense of gas mileage
The Encore returns for 2015 with only minor changes, including a new OnStar system with Wi-Fi connectivity and a new Experience Buick option package that combines a navigation system, a power sunroof and chrome alloy wheels.
If you can live with the tepid acceleration, the Encore is a strong choice. In terms of picking a trim, we think that the base-level Encore has just about everything you might need. On the other hand, if you're going to splurge, go with an Encore Premium -- for just $5,000 more than a base-level Encore, it offers high-end luxury-car amenities. Find a Buick Encore for sale
The Encore comes in four trim levels. Base-level models are simply dubbed Encore, while the higher trims are Convenience, Leather and Premium.
The Encore ($25,000) is well-equipped for a base model. Many upscale features are standard, including 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver's seat and a rearview camera. Also included is Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-in color touchscreen. Of course, the Encore has all the features you'd expect from a car in its price range, including remote keyless entry, cruise control and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
Drivers who upgrade to the Convenience ($27,100) get several new luxury features. They include remote starting, dual-zone automatic climate control and auto-dimming mirrors. The Encore Convenience also adds fog lamps.
Next up is the Encore Leather ($28,800), which adds even more premium items. Headlining the additions are a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, though the Leather also adds a power passenger seat and a driver's-seat-memory package.
Topping the Encore range is the Premium ($30,200). In addition to standard equipment from other models, it adds rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park assist, a forward-collision alert system and a lane-departure warning system.
Major Encore options include roof rails, all-wheel drive and a new-for-2015 Experience Buick option package that adds a navigation system, chrome alloy wheels and a power sunroof.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
BMW X1 -- The all-new X1 functions more like a tall wagon than a crossover, contrary to the high-roofed Encore, which has much more traditional SUV height. The X1 is also sportier thanks to turbocharged engines and standard rear-wheel drive. The two models are priced -- and sized -- similarly.
MINI Countryman -- Even the tiny MINI Countryman is larger than the Encore. The two are still competitors, especially on price with the Countryman starting around $22,500, but the Countryman is a better choice for drivers who want a sportier ride.
Mazda CX-5 -- Mazda's latest compact SUV doesn't have the Encore's premium badge, but it does boast similar gas mileage, and some upscale models are just as well-equipped as the nicest Encores.