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SRT Viper due for a refresh in 2015, Honda and Acura drivers can enjoy Siri
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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
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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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
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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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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Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays describes the Buick Encore's exterior styling
as traditional Buick in front, forgettable beyond that. What will stick in
people's minds, however, are a commanding seating position and premium
interior touches -- even the fake wood looks convincing. Watch the video
2013 Buick Encore AWD Premium - WINDING ROAD POV Test Drive
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Real Videos: 2013 Buick Encore AWD Premium Crossover
Here we are with another Real Video, the Real Review featuring the 2013
Buick Encore All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Premium. The Buick Encore is not really
supposed to be an entry-level Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV); instead it
is supposed to be an example of right-sized luxury. At least, that is what
the commercials say.
This is the smallest vehicle you can purchase from Buick, especially with
AWD and in the CUV format. Since the Encore isn't entry level, it has a lot
of attention to detail and many features that extend its luxury feel.
However, there are a couple quirks that we will give you all the details
Join us as we discuss the current design, the excitement factor and
day-to-day living with this top of the line Buick Encore CUV. At just over
$32K and equipped with the premium option group, this vehicle might just
make your 'must-see' test-drive list.
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2013 Buick Enclave Start Up and Review 3.6 L V6
Start Up and Review of the 2013 Buick Enclave
Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4/5
Powertrains: 3.6 L V6 with 6-Speed Auto FWD or AWD
Features: Powered Seats, Memory Seats, Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door
Locks, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Navigation System, Leather Seats, Satellite
Radio, AM Weather, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, OnStar, AUX Input, Power
Outlet(s), USB Ports, Tilt and Telescoping Steering Wheel
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.6 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 270 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm
horsepower 288 hp
@ 6300 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 40.4 ft.
Weights and Capacities
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY** 4500 lbs.
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD** 1687 lbs.
GROSS WEIGHT 6411 lbs.
CURB WEIGHT 4724 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 23.3 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 115.2 cu.ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Regular unleaded
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 22.0 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 374.0/528.0 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 17/24 mpg
Trims: Convenience Group, Leather Group, Premium Group
What I have to say about the 2013 Enclave: : The Enclave has been heavily
refreshed for 2013 and by the looks of it, it looks pretty good. One
features that's notable is the airbag that's right next to the center
console which is a first for cars. Build and material quality is also up
for 2013, with nice soft touch materials and stitching, The Enclave is now
more muscular also in the front and rear. All in all great car from Buick
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