GM launched this new versatile crossover that made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show of this 2013 to stick with the Buick brand relaunch that started some years ago with its Verano model.
Brief Review, Some Facts, Pictures, Features & Specs
The Encore 2013 is a worthy younger brother of the Buick Enclave. At first glance, you notice that they are from the same family, but this one is shown as a scale model. It is elegant, quick, efficient and luxurious. If you really want an affordable sport utility vehicle that turn heads, this is the one.
The design lines leave no room for confusion. The waterfall-style grille, chrome accents, lower panels painted in body color, headlights with blue protection and the design of the rear lights emphasizes its premium vehicle appearance and the DNA of Buick. The chrome wheels are 18 inches.
Inside offers comfortable space for five passengers and a cargo area of 48.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The driving position is very favorable, it has AWD (All-Wheel-Drive traction) and a contemporary style.
The Encore is a European-style sport utility vehicle that is manufactured in South Korea and hopes to conquer the U.S. market with its luxury, good design and an engine that delivers up to 33 miles per gallon
It has 10 airbags and a turbocharged 1.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine and 140 horsepower. It also has a six-speed automatic transmission, IntelliLink system which uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver's smartphone to the seven inch LCD display and was also included the QuietTuning system which prevents the penetration of noise.
The Encore has an organic style that runs through the instrument panel and wraps it naturally. In the middle lies the display. The mixture of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin which features ambient lighting in blue color.
This elegant Buick has also remote start button, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, Bose premium sound system, OnStar, Sirius XM satellite radio, heated multifunction steering wheel and power driver seat with six options adjustment.
At the steering wheel, it feels more like a compact hatchback. For its compact size, it does not give the feeling of being in an SUV. It is easy to park in the city, and very agile to move in transit.
It has MacPherson front suspension and among the safety, functions stand out the StabiliTrak stability control, ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution, Brake Assist, All Wheel Drive System, front collision alert and lane change, park assist, rear-view camera and OnStar communication system in case of accidents or issues with the vehicle.
Worried because SUVs spend more money on gas? Take it easy, this Buick is ultra-efficient if you compare it with other vehicles of its segment. It offers an EPA fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon within the city and an amazing fuel economy on highways of 33 MPG in the standard 6-speed automatic transmission model.
That starting or MSRP price of this wonderful and complete sport-utility is $24,200 only in the base model, seriously, not bad for a luxury SUV listed in the range of less than $25000. The final price of the premium model fully equipped is around $31,475 which includes navigation package which has a value of $795, again, not bad for the market standards of these days.