2016 Buick Encore

Original MSRP Range
$24,065 - $31,285
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
23 - 28 MPG City / 30 - 34 MPG Hwy
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2016 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; base-level performance could definitely use a boost, even at the expense of gas mileage


Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Buick Encore?

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

Which Encore is the Best?

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


How Much Does a 2016 Buick Encore Cost?

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.

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$27,855 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Leather$29,800 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Premium$31,285 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13823 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Sport Touring$28,850 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo15326 / 326-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr$24,065 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Convenience$26,355 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Leather$28,300 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Premium$29,785 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Sport Touring$27,350 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo15328 / 346-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Buick Encore Safety

Is the 2016 Buick Encore a Safe Car?

All 2016 Buick Encore models come standard with a wide array of safety features. They include dual-front airbags, driver's- 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 overall government crash-test scores, 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 front small-overlap assessment -- a test that has tripped up many new vehicles.

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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
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind Zone Alert


2016 Buick Encore vs the competition

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.

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