Comfortable ride and upscale interior; exceptional price point; strong fuel economy for an SUV
Might be a little too small; base-level performance could definitely use a boost, even at the expense of gas mileage
The Encore adds a new Sport Touring model with a more powerful engine for 2016. See the 2016 Buick Encore models for sale near you
The Encore is an excellent crossover for shoppers who don't need lightning-quick acceleration or a huge interior. In terms of choosing a trim level, we have two suggestions: If you test drive a base-level Encore and find yourself wanting more power, go with the new Sport Touring. If performance isn't important, we'd choose a Leather or Premium model, which offer luxury-car amenities for a highly reasonable price. Find a Buick Encore for sale
The Encore comes in five trim levels. Base-level models are dubbed simply Encore, while the remaining trims are Convenience, Leather, Sport Touring 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 also has all the features you'd expect from a car in its price range, such as remote keyless entry, cruise control and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
Drivers who upgrade to the Convenience ($27,300) get several new luxury features. They include remote vehicle starting, dual-zone automatic climate control and auto-dimming mirrors. The Encore Convenience also adds fog lamps.
The new Sport Touring ($28,300) adds the Encore's new 153-hp engine as standard equipment, along with 18-in alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.
Next up is the Encore Leather ($29,200). Unfortunately, Leather models return to the base-level engine -- but the trim adds even more premium items, including a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, a power passenger seat and a driver's-seat memory package.
Topping the Encore range is the Premium ($30,700), which also comes with the base-level engine. In addition to standard equipment from the Leather model, it adds a Bose sound system, 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 an 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|
2016 BMW X1 -- The all-new X1 functions more like a tall wagon than a crossover. That's 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. But the two models are priced -- and sized -- similarly.
2016 MINI Cooper Countryman -- Even the tiny MINI Countryman is larger than the Encore. But the two are still competitors -- especially on price, as the Countryman starts around $22,500. However, the Countryman is a better choice for drivers who want a sportier ride.
2016 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.
Used Acura RDX -- If you like the Encore's luxurious appointments but want more power or space, the Acura RDX is a great compact luxury crossover that offers both. Prices are higher, though, so you may want to consider a used model.