2018 Buick Encore

Original MSRP Range
$22,990 - $32,100
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
24 - 25 MPG City / 30 - 33 MPG Hwy
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2018 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


Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Buick Encore?

After major updates and changes last year, the Encore is essentially unchanged for 2018. See the 2018 Buick Encore models for sale near you

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 Premium model with the upgraded engine, as it does provide sufficient extra feature content to warrant its higher price. Find a Buick Encore for sale


How Much Does a 2018 Buick Encore Cost?

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

The base Encore ($23,000) is well-equipped for a base model. It includes 18-inch alloy wheels, proximity entry and keyless start, LED running lights, rear privacy glass, a power driver's seat, an upholstery combination of cloth and simulated leather, a rearview camera, OnStar emergency communications, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Buick's 8-in IntelliLink 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.

There's questionable value in the Preferred trim ($24,400), which really only adds a cargo cover and some floor mats. Therefore, the first trim to realistically step up to would be the Sport Touring ($25,600). It gains fog lamps, remote ignition and sportier styling elements (the only trim that does). 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.

The Preferred II trim ($26,900) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, the Safety package and a 120-volt household-style outlet.

The Encore Essence trim ($29,100) adds driver memory settings, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel and leather upholstery.

Finally, the Premium trim ($30,600) adds forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and a 7-speaker Bose sound system (optional on all but the base and Preferred trims).

Major Encore options include 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 Essence$30,600 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Preferred$25,900 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Preferred II$28,400 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Premium$32,100 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore AWD 4dr Sport Touring$27,100 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13824 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr$22,990 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Encore FWD 4dr Essence$29,100 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Preferred$24,400 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Preferred II$26,900 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Premium$30,600 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Encore FWD 4dr Sport Touring$25,600 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo13825 / 336-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Buick Encore Safety

Is the 2018 Buick Encore a Safe Car?

All 2018 Buick Encore models come standard with dual front airbags, front-knee airbags, side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted side-torso airbags. A rearview camera is also standard. The top-of-the-line Premium trim is the only one available with forward-collision and lane-departure warning. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems are standard on the top three trim levels and optional on the Sport Touring as the Safety package.

The 2018 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 2018 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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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
Maintenance2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits

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


2018 Buick Encore vs the competition

2018 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.

 2018 Subaru Crosstrek -- The Crosstrek offers no-nonsense space and comfort with excellent fuel economy despite coming standard with all-wheel drive. It's certainly not as quiet or luxurious as the Encore, but you may find it to be a more functional choice.

2018 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. 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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