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2022 Buick Encore: Choosing the Right Trim

Long in the tooth, the 2022 Buick Encore soldiers on against newer rivals.

The aging Encore subcompact SUV is reduced to one variant, the Preferred trim, for 2022. On a positive note, this year’s model does enjoy a much needed power boost to 155 horsepower, up from the 138 hp of the 2021 version.

The Encore faces stern competition from the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, not to mention its own new sibling with a nearly identical name, the Encore GX.

In its favor, the Encore does continue to offer all-wheel drive (AWD) as an option, a feature not available on some other sub-compact SUVs such as the Hyundai Venue.

2022 Buick Encore Preferred (starting at $24,600)

The diminutive Encore Preferred seats five, rolls on 18-inch wheels, and is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that develops 155 hp. A 6-speed automatic transmission directs power to the front wheels.

For an extra $620, the Preferred trim can be equipped with AWD.

The standard specification of the Preferred grade includes air conditioning, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, 4.2-inch driver display, cruise control, compass, push-button start, and active noise cancellation (which uses the speakers to counteract undesirable engine and road sounds).

The driver seat is 6-way power adjustable, with a power lumbar adjuster but manual recline. The rear, folding bench seat is split 60/40 and the steering wheel is leather wrapped.

The Encore is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Given that the standard Preferred trim includes minimal safety features, the two safety packages offered are desirable. For $495, the basic safety pack includes blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

On top of that cost, a further $695 for the Safety Package II brings forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear-park assist.

Beyond that, notable options include a power moonroof and remote start.

Adding in the $1,195 destination fee, the Encore Preferred sticker comes to $25,795. Given 3% financing over 60 months and no down payment, that would produce a monthly payment of $443. Find a 2022 Buick Encore Preferred for sale

2022 Buick Encore Preferred includes:

  • More powerful engine – 2022 model now has 155 horsepower.
  • Larger touchscreen – Encore’s main screen is bumped to 8 inches.
  • All-wheel drive (AWD) capability – Nice option for snowbelt buyers.

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