http://drivencarreviews.com The compact Encore crossover is unlike any other Buick ever offered. And really, no one else has anything like it either. Is this a good thing? Tom Voelk travels to Atlanta, GA to check out this pint-sized premium CUV.
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Redline Review: 2013 Buick Encore
A tiny footprint, spacious cabin, and surprising driving dynamics will
surely impress any shopper who has yet to see what the Buick brand has
available. The 2013 Encore is certainly a strong and unique offering in a
class that will surely get more crowded in the coming years. Only a lack of
few premium features and perhaps more power hold it back from being the
best-in-class offering; but, those of you who need a small premium utility
vehicle should place the Encore high on your list.
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Buick's been on a roll this year, their sales are up and their owner
demographics are younger than they have been in recent memory. The cynic in
my says that's because half their clientele died of old age, but it has
more to do with their product portfolio. Say what? Yep, it's true, the
brand I wrote off for dead last decade is targeting younger buyers with
designs imported from Europe and finding sales success. The Verano turbo shattered my preconceptions, but can Buick
do it again? A brown Encore arrived one rainy morning to see if it was
The Encore isn't new, but neither is it an American rehash of a tired Euro
model. Instead, it is "badge engineering" 21st century style. When I was a
kid you knew a new Buick was coming when Chevy or Oldsmobile announced a
new product. You also knew what to expect: the same sheetmetal with a Buick
logo on the grille and some padded velour thrones. 30 years later Buick is
up to the same old game with an important twist: Buick takes Opel models
from Europe. Consequently you won't find a brother-from-another-mother
running around with a Chevy logo.
Like its sister-ship, the Opel Mokka, the Encore is a small
crossover/hatchback closely related to GM's other small car offerings. Euro
origins are obvious when you park the Encore in an American parking spot,
this Buick is tiny. The Encore's tall profile further accentuates the
Encore's 168-inch overall length, which is surprisingly 6-inches longer
than a MINI Countryman.
The Encore isn't a terribly expensive crossover starting at $24,950 and
ending at $31,110 for a full-loaded AWD model. Despite the low starting
price, the cabin makes extensive use of soft touch plastics lending a more
premium feel to the cabin than vehicles like the MINI Countryman, Acura TSX
or Lexus CT. Speaking of MINI, the Countryman, (like the rest of the MINI
lineup) is a mixture of trickle-down BMW technology, great switchgear,
high-style, cheesy plastics and chintzy headliners. Of course MINI's
biggest asset is brand perception while Buick's brand is more of a
liability in some demographics. That's really a shame because the Encore
has not only a quality feel but a very uniform feel as well. While MINI's
cabins are full of highs and lows, everything in the Encore is consistently
a notch above the rabble. Equipping the Contryman and Encore as closely as
possible reveals the Encore is about $1,500 cheaper once you add to the
MINI the features standard on the Encore. Comparing the top-trim of the
Encore to the MINI the difference grows to $3,800 in the Encore's favor.
Want AWD? The difference grows by about three-grand.
The Encore may be small, but the interior is spacious thanks to the tall
profile, stubby nose and upright seats. Taller folks will have no problems
getting into or out of the front or rear seats thanks to large door
openings and a low step-in height. I grabbed a few willing tall people for
lunch and successfully (and comfortably) took two 6'5" passengers, one 6'2
gentleman and myself (6') on a 50 minute trek to the prefect burger joint
without a single complaint.
Because the Encore shares seat frames with GM sedans, there are a few
compromises. The lack of a power recline mechanism seems odd, especially
considering the 2-positon memory seat found in our tester. Using the sale
seat frames and rails as a sedan or coupé meant creating some unusual
"platforms" in the floor stamping so the seats could be mounted high to get
an SUV-like seating position. Consequently the rear footwells might be a
problem for big-footed passengers on long trips. A manual front passenger
seat is standard, but most models on dealer lots have the optional power
The Encore uses the same 1.4L four-cylinder engine as the Chevy Sonic and
Cruze. Producing 140 HP at 4,900 RPM this mill isn't targeted at speed
addicts. On the bright side, thanks to a turbocharger and some direct-injection magic, the
engine manages 148 lb-ft of twist from 1,850-4,900RPM and under certain
circumstances it will allow an "overBoost" to 163 lb-ft over the same range for up
to 10 seconds.
My opinion of the diminutive engine changed constantly during my week with
the Encore. In the city the low-end torque provided by the turbo and the low first gear make easy work of
0-40 MPH traffic and the Encore effortlessly zipped into narrow gaps on
busy expressways. Thanks to the way the throttle is mapped the engine
doesn't feel out of breath cruising on the highway, until you need to pass
someone as getting from 60 to 80 MPH takes a Prius-like 8 seconds. Load the
Encore up with two people and some luggage and forward progress is
noticeably stunted in all situations. However, every time I wished for more
power I glanced down at my fuel economy and was reminded that more power
consumes more gasoline.
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2013 Buick Encore Test Drive & Luxury Crossover SUV Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/buick/encore/2013/?id=32972 The 2013 Buick Encore
is an all new model that is poised to take on the compact luxury crossover
segment. The Encore combines a chiseled exterior design, versatile
interior, with tons of technology and premium materials to create a one of
a kind vehicle. The 2013 Buick Encore comes in 4 trims: Base, Convenience,
Leather, and Premium. You can opt for either a FWD or AWD version. The base
price is $24,200 making the Encore a great choice as an entry level luxury
The compact crossover segment is so hot that Buick has decided to bring
this all new model (the Encore) to market. If the Encore looks a little
smaller than most crossover you are used to seeing that's because it is.
This new compact luxury crossover segment just may catch on. The Encore,
like all Buick models, has the big signature grille up front. Buick is no
longer at the bottom of the premium barrel, instead it is moving up the
ladder. The large bold headlamps and the portholes in the hood are
signature Buick cues.
When Buick set out to build the Encore, they did not just want to make
another crossover. Instead they wanted a relatively inexpensive crossover
to look premium. The exterior hits that mark with the multiple bends in the
sheet metal and other styling cues, while the theme is carried over to the
interior with the premium materials and tons of technology. There is plenty
of room in the Encore for 4 adults and their gear.
The 2013 Buick Encore is powered by a turbocharged 1.4 liter 4-cylinder ECOTEC engine
that makes 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of
torque. The transmission is a 6-speed manual and you can opt for either FWD
or AWD. Fuel economy is excellent with the FWD model netting 25 MPG in the
city and 33 MPG on the highway.
From a driver's perspective, the Encore drives very well. Buick has paid a
lot of attention to keeping the engine noise and road noise down to a
minimum. The Encore feels like a very premium vehicle when you get in it.
The Electro-Mechanical steering feels good and is responsive. The interior
is very spacious giving the passengers plenty of head room. The soft
leather seats and nice dash materials contribute to the overall premium
feel which is something you just do not find in a $25k crossover. Buick
understands that technology and connectivity is important in this segment.
So they made Bluetooth and Rear Vision Camera standard on all trims. But
it's the higher trim levels that get the full Infotainment system.
The main competition is the Mini Countryman and the Volkswagen Tiguan. For
a starting price of under $25k the 2013 Buick Encore makes a ton of sense
for a lot of people.
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http://www.autobytel.com/buick/encore/2013/?id=32972 The 2013 Buick Encore
is a compact luxury crossover based on an Opel vehicle called the Mokka.
This all new model is built on GM's Gamma II Platform which also includes
cars like the Spark, Sonic, and Cobalt. The Buick Encore has seating for 5
passengers and combines technology, luxury amenities, and a fuel efficient
engine into one reasonably priced sub-compact crossover with the base model
The 2013 Buick Encore is a handsome little CUV in a class that is growing
quickly. The stylish Encore is uniquely positioned as the only luxury entry
among sub-compact crossovers. The 1.4 liter turbocharged engine makes 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft or
torque. The Encore is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The
small engine results in good fuel economy ratings of 25 MPG in the city and
33 MPG on the highway.
The Encore rides well for a short wheelbase crossover and is also extremely
quiet. The exterior design may catch your eye but it's the luxurious
leather interior that will win you over. There is a whole lot of style in
this pint-sized CUV. The 2-tone leather upholstery with contrasting
stitching really delivers the feel of luxury. The Encore has all the bases
covered when it comes to technology. The Buick Intellilink Infotainment
system is located in the dash and provides a whole myriad of services
including Bluetooth phone, satellite radio, navigation, weather, and more.
The 2013 Buick Encore can't really be compared to anything currently on the
market. It's not an SUV but rather a sub-compact luxury CUV and no other
vehicles tick those boxes. The Encore is a cute-ute more inline with city
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Start Up and Review of the 2013 Buick Encore
Powertrains: 1.4 L turbo 4-Cylinder with
6-Speed Automatic FWD or AWD
Features: Leather Seats, Powered Seat(s), Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door
Locks, Navigation System, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Sunroof, OnStar, Auto
Dimming Rearview Mirror, Garage Home Link, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Lande
Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Heated Seats, Automatic Climate
Control, AUX Input, Pandora Internet Radio, Power Outlet(s), USB Port
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 1.4 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS Inline 4
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 148 ft-lbs. @ 1850 rpm
horsepower 138 hp
@ 4900 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 36.7 ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Regular unleaded
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 14.0 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 322.0/420.0 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 23/30 mpg
Weights and Capacities
GROSS WEIGHT 4374 lbs.
CURB WEIGHT 3309 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 18.8 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 48.4 cu.ft.
BASIC 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
DRIVETRAIN 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
ROADSIDE 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
RUST 6 yr./ 100000 mi.
No Main Competitors
What I have to say about the 2013 Encore: The 2013 Buick Encore is one of
the few cars that are mostly in a class by itself, but still has some
competitors. One thing that was surprising was the amount of room, since
its a pretty tiny crossover. However in the cabin you will find pretty good
materials and a very user friendly cabin that is great for a little family.
The Encore is slightly under powered with only 138 horsepower on tap the engine
should have a bigger displacement. Our tester came in at around $34,000
which is pretty expensive, however it was fully loaded and the Encore does
have a nice amount of safety technologies, only if Buick offered the same
on the Verano. All in all its a cute little sport ute that should be pretty
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