First Impressions: 2013 Buick Encore

Buick downsizes with its newest luxury crossover, the Encore. MotorWeek's John Davis has first driving impressions of the 2013 Buick Encore.

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The 2017 Buick Encore is ideal for city driving. The ride height allows for good visibility and the short wheel base makes it easy to maneuver and park. The Encore has seen some significant changes for the 2017 model year. The Encore is offered in 6 different trim levels ranging in price from $22,990 for the Base FWD model up to $31,965 for the Premium AWD model. The Encore first came to the U.S. market as a 2013 model but the platform is actually Opel Mokka which has been around since 2009 overseas. The Buick Encore has some competition in the Subcompact Crossover SUV class. This segment has really grown over the past few years with players like the: Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500x, Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, and the soon to be Ford EcoSport. The mid-cycle refresh includes exterior changes to the nose, hood, fenders, and lights. These changes are and effort to go more upscale. Under the hood is the optional direct injected 1.4 liter Ecotec 4-cylinder turbo that makes 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. This engine includes start-stop technology to increase fuel economy which is rated at 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Find Out More See More Car Videos Join Our Facebook Page

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Most luxury car brands have a small SUV, but the diminutive Buick Encore is smaller yet. It shares its platform and engine with the inexpensive Chevrolet Sonic. Some upscale luxury features are available but cabin room is tight. Watch more free SUV reviews:

Road Test: 2013 Buick Encore
Buick's new small utility takes a bow.

Test Drive: 2013 Buick Encore
Mark Richardson drives the 2013 Buick Encore in Atlanta.