Thursday, August 7, 2014


For those of you who like how it looks but do not know the name of this fine SUV the Buick Encore is a compact crossover SUV that features upscale styling and amenities in an efficient package. The Buick Encore comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which critics say offers adequate performance in the city. However, they also write that the 2014 Encore lacks the power needed for highway passing and merging. One test driver adds that the Encore’s six-speed automatic transmission doesn’t help matters, since it tends to upshift quickly to help maximize fuel economy. 

The EPA reports that the 2014 Encore gets 25/33 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for the class. Only a handful of compact SUVs use less fuel. Auto writers generally don’t consider the Buick Encore athletic, but many appreciate its predictable handling and comfortable ride. Additionally, a few reviewers note that the Encore’s tight turning circle is an asset in crowded city streets and parking lots.

Test drivers say that the Encore features a stylish cabin that’s trimmed in soft-touch materials. They note that an active noise cancellation system keeps the Encore’s interior quiet at speed, and that the standard infotainment system is easy to use. Most reviewers say that the Encore’s front seats are comfortable and spacious, though one writes that rearward visibility could be better from the driver’s seat. Some also note that the rear seats are comfortable, with good head- and legroom, though other critics write that hip- and shoulder room are in short supply. 

The Encore’s tidy dimensions mean that it may not be the best choice for families, and it also results in less cargo space than most competing SUVs. Still, test drivers say that the Encore offers a useful amount of room behind the second row.Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems, OnStar, and ten airbags. Other standard features include: Buick QuietTuning acoustics package with active noise cancellation, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, IntelliLink audio system with 7-inch color touch screen and an oil life monitor. 

The Convenience trim adds: dual-zone climate control, rearview auto-dimming mirror, blind spot sensor, remote start and front fog lamps. The Leather trim adds: heated front seats and steering wheel, power adjustable front passenger seat, leather seating surfaces and driver seat memory system including the exterior mirrors. The Premium trim adds on the tech with rain sensing wipers, Bose audio system, lane departure warning and Ultrasonic front and rear parking sensors including rear vision camera.

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