2015 Buick Encore

Original MSRP Range
$24,065 - $30,935
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
23 - 25 MPG City / 30 - 33 MPG Hwy
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2015 Buick Encore

What We Like

Comfortable ride and upscale interior; exceptional price point; strong fuel economy for an SUV

What We Don't

Might be a little too small; performance could definitely use a boost, even at the expense of gas mileage

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2015 Buick Encore?

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.  

Which Encore is the Best?

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

 

How Much Does a 2015 Buick Encore Cost?

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.

Encore Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Encore AWD 4dr$25,565 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Convenience$27,655 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Leather$29,450 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Premium$30,935 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr$24,065 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Convenience$26,155 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Leather$27,950 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Premium$29,435 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Buick Encore Safety

Is the 2015 Buick Encore a Safe Car?

All 2015 Buick Encore models come standard with a wide array of safety features. They include dual front airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted side torso airbags. A rearview camera is also standard, as are 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and GM's StabiliTrak stability control system. Available features include forward-collision alert, front and rear park assist, and a lane-departure warning system.

The all-wheel-drive Encore received 5-star ratings overall in government crash-testing, while the 2-wheel-drive model earned four stars overall. Both models earned five stars in front and side tests and four stars in rollover tests. In tests carried out by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Encore generally performed well, except for a troubling Poor rating in the group's new small-overlap front assessment -- a test that has tripped up many new vehicles.

Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
Rollover Rating–Overall
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

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 Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2015 Buick Encore vs the competition

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.

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