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2013 Buick Encore

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. See all episodes of Driven Car Reviews http://blip.tv/driven-car-reviews#EpisodeArchive Visit Driven Car Reviews's series page http://blip.tv/driven-car-reviews


 


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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.





2013 and 2014 Buick Encore Review and Road Test with IntelliLink Infotainment Review
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 possible. 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 seat 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. Music by Kevin MacLeod





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 crossover SUV. 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. See More Car Videos http://www.autobytel.com/car-videos/?id=32972 Join Our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/autobytel





2013 Buick Encore Test Drive & Luxury Crossover Video Review
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 costing $24,200. 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 driving. See More Car Videos http://www.autobytel.com/car-videos/?id=32972 Join Our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/autobytel





2013 Buick AWD Encore 0-60 MPH First Drive Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Buick Encore is a small AWD crossover that does not have much competition in the United States. This small Buick is more of an urban all-wheel-drive people mover than a mud-basher. Think of it as a premium small AWD car that will stay sure-footed in the snow and rain. In another fun and informative TFLcar first drive review Roman travels to Kentucky to drive the newest Buick and to find out just how fast it is from 0-60 MPH. Check us out on: Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/tflcar ) Twitter: ( https://www.twitter.com/tflcar ) and now even Truck Videos on YouTube at: The Fast Lane Truck ( http://www.youtube.com/user/tflcar )





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





Top 4 Brand New Small AWD Crossovers Driven, Tested & Reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) What's the best Brand new small off-road worthy Crossover that you can buy? In other words, what's the best all-wheel-drive brand new Crossover this year? We at The Fast Lane Car are lucky to drive a different car every week so we've had the chance to drive many (if not most) of the best top new all-wheel-drive Crossovers on the market. So without further delay here are the top 4 new Crossovers that we've driven in 2012 that we think are best off-road worthy new rides to buy this year.





2013 Buick Encore | New Car Review | on Everyman Driver
2013 Buick Encore FWD Review on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson. Please visit http://www.everymandriver.com/ Support the EMD Team with a $20 Gas Card via Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=X3FUPM RHFUCTU Subscribe now to receive new Everyman Driver videos in your feed: http://tinyurl.com/cy4feab Subscribe now to receive new Everywoman Driver videos in your feed: http://tinyurl.com/mmug55o Subscribe now to receive new Everyman Driver News Channel videos in your feed: http://tinyurl.com/mud34b9 For more free car review videos from the Everywoman Driver visit: http://www.everywomandriver.com/ Like Everyman Driver on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/bnys8za Follow Everyman Driver on Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/d3wo42l Dave Erickson is a Multi-Media Producer, Freelance Reporter, Videographer, Podcaster and Host. Before Everyman Driver, Dave spent 15 years working as a TV News Anchor and Reporter. Learn more at http://www.daveericksonmedia.com/





2013 Buick Encore Start Up and Review 1.4 L 4-Cylinder Turbo
Like Us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camerons-Car-Reviews/349462695066112?ref=hl Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552526354759744.128397.3494626950 66112&type=3 Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4/5 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 VALVES 16 VALVE TIMING Variable TORQUE 148 ft-lbs. @ 1850 rpm horsepower 138 hp @ 4900 rpm TURNING CIRCLE 36.7 ft. Fuel 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. Warranty 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 competitive.





Top 7 new 40 MPG or Higher Cars Driven & Reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) What's the most fuel efficient car that you can buy today? We at The fast Lane Car are lucky to drive a different car every week so we've had the chance to drive many (if not most) of the best new fuel efficient cars on the market. We've also been able to test some the cars at sea level and some a mile above sea level in real world driving. So without further delay here are the top 7 new cars that we've driven in 2012 that get 40 MPG or higher.





MVS - 2013 Buick Encore
Today's Vehicle Spotlight shines on the 2013 Buick Encore. We will take a look at everything from the exterior features to the interior features and everything else in between. Don't forget to "like" Mike's Vehicle Spotlight on Facebook today! www.facebook.com/mikesvehiclespotlight





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