Buick is in an odd place among General Motor’s portfolio of brands. Positioned above Chevrolet, but below Cadillac, it builds cars and SUVs targeted, it seems, at products from competitors like Acura, Lexus and Mazda. Recently, these cars and SUVs have consisted of rebadged vehicles from the European brand Opel, and SUVs very similar to those offered by brand siblings Chevrolet and GMC. Still, the brand fills a market niche for value-oriented luxury. Here, we’ll take a look at the brand’s most popular vehicles; all of which happen to be SUVs, to help you determine if a Buick might be right for you.
The Buick Encore is a subcompact crossover SUV closely related to the Chevrolet Trax. Overall, the Encore is getting a bit long in the tooth given that it’s based on a design introduced back in 2013. Powering the Encore is a small 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, putting out 138 horsepower. Humble, yes, but it doesn’t take much to move these small hatchback like SUVs. The Encore makes use of a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is reasonable, coming in at 26 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for front-wheel-drive models, or 25 mpg city/30 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive.
At just over 168 inches in length, the Encore is small, and offers only 18.8 cu ft. of cargo space behind the second row. Still, with an upright driving position, available AWD, reasonable fuel economy and the practicality of a hatchback, it’s a viable option for anyone looking for a semi-luxurious urban runabout. Find a Buick Encore for sale
The Envision is a compact crossover akin to the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain. More luxurious than the Equinox yet less rugged-looking than the Terrain, the Envision is one of few Chinese-made vehicles to be sold in the U.S. Two powertrains are available. On the lower end is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder putting out 197 hp, while upper trims come with a surprisingly potent 2.0-liter turbo four, good for a generous 252 hp. FWD and AWD are available, although the turbo comes solely with AWD. Overall, the Envision is a slow seller, but this is likely due to a lack of awareness, as it uses a relatively fresh design and competes in one of the market’s hottest segments. Find a Buick Envision for sale
The largest vehicle in Buick’s lineup, the Enclave is a 3-row crossover built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia and the new Cadillac XT6. Positioned as a more luxurious Traverse, or a larger, less-rugged Acadia, or a more value-oriented alternative to the XT6, the Enclave is large, practical for families and offers a reasonable amount of luxury. We’ll mention this again: the Enclave is large, offering a cavernous 98 cu ft. of cargo space with the second and third rows folded. Buyers looking for more luxury can opt for the Enclave in Buick’s luxurious "Avenir" trim. The Enclave Avenir offers a Bose premium audio system, a dual-panel moonroof and a surround-view camera along with a number of other luxury touches, with a base price of just under $55,000. Find a Buick Enclave for sale
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As General Motors tries to figure out its lineup with regard to the right mix of sedans and sport utility vehicles, Buick finds itself at a crossroads. As their lineup of sedans has grown a bit stale, the brand still has a healthy offering of SUVs worthy of consideration by anyone in the market for a vehicle that is a little nicer than what you might find from a mainstream brand like Chevrolet. While the Enclave is likely the brand’s strongest offering, the Encore and the Envison are competitive as well, especially considering GM’s propensity to offer its products laden with strong incentives. Find a Buick for sale