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17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By glendive
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2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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After driving 13800 miles, in trips of 1400 to1600 miles per trip, since I purchased this SUV I can honestly say it needs more horse power for the road. Going up hills, and going into headwinds puts a definite strain on this little engine. And the more it strains the less MPG it gets. I also am concerned with the air intake design beings this car stalled out on me while driving one crappy winter day in ND. This is not a good situation for a new car to have happen to it and the passengers. Snow/moisture should not get into parts of the engine compartment where it can cause problems.


Favorite Features

In city driving is a snappy ride. Excellent turning radius. Good highway gas mileage if no winds past 15mph are encountered. Good interior features except for the cheesy sun visors that don't extend to block entire length of side windows. AWD functions quite well.


Suggested Improvements

1. Give it more power. 2. Redesign the engine compartment so that stalling, due to snow/moisture getting into places it shouldn't, can't happen. I can only say, wish one of the designers could have been with me on that nasty winter day the car stalled. 3. Backup camera should be mounted elsewhere. It gets clouded up with dirt/grim rather quickly in its current location. 4. If AWD turns off for one of its programmed reasons it tells you. However, it does not tell you when it has turned back on. Tell us when it turns back on.


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By lynned
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2013 Buick Encore Premium 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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on short trips at 25 below c. the heat gauge comes up to normal then when you turn the fan wide open the heat gauge goes back to cold and blows cold air on highway driving works ok dealer put new thermostat in still same problem returned to dealer who phoned gm and was told there seems to be a problem with heat has anyone else had this problem


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Nice car for the money
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By 45thannivstang
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2013 Buick Encore Premium 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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You get a super nice car for around $30,000, if you go with the premium package like we did. We got the saddle brown leather interior, which smells and feels wonderful, and is very luxurious. We put a child seat in the back, and in doing that, you have to move the front seat up, which makes for a less than comfy ride...and I'm only 5'7"! The gadgets are well placed, and the ride is very quiet and comfortable. The car looks very elegant inside and out, and has every option you could ever want. Performance on this vehicle sucks, straight up. It is probably one of the weaker vehicles I have ever driven, and takes about 10 seconds to get to 60 mph.


Favorite Features

Leather, guages, navigation/satellite, bluetooth phone pairing, backup camera, driver-side armrest.


Suggested Improvements

Another engine. Performance is absolutely terrible.


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New Encore, 1 month in.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jdr62
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2013 Buick Encore Convenience 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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So far I love my Encore, it's the perfect size, attractive and plenty of power in the city. I am not experiencing the in town mileage most are posting on here (23.5 mpg) but giving it a little break in time. No complaints so far, although I am experiencing the same thumping noise in the front end another review on here mentions, and eventually gave the car back to GM ? I highly recommend the Encore, and I get a ton of compliments on it.


Favorite Features

Appearance both interior and exterior.


Suggested Improvements

An Opel/Vauxhall Mokka rear FlexFit bike carrier system.


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Excellent vehicle, very happy
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By soulmanencore
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2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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After purchasing the vehicle new June 29, 2013 and logging approximately 3000 miles, I am very satisfied. After a recent trip of 2850 miles in 10 days through highways, interstates, and the back roads and mountain roads of West Virginia, I am very satisfied. From Indiana to Florida and back, the car averaged 33.2 miles per gallon running the air conditioning all of the time. I was originally concerned that it might lack power in the mountains but I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to pass on hills and the Encore was responsive to quick acceleration. The car was very comfortable. The convex blind spot mirrors take some time to get used to but I am very pleased with the vehicle.


Favorite Features

Leather seats, rear view camera, excellent sound system, comfortable to drive.


Suggested Improvements

The only negative I found is backing out of parking spaces, the Encore has a bit of a blind spot in the quarter panel areas.


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Cute ute
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By buggin
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2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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This is one small compact crossover. We looked at all of them and I mean all! None of them made us feel the way this little baby Buick did. Its classy, sharp, upscale and cut all in one. True its not going to win a race but it is not mean to nor was it made for that. It has plenty of punch. We only have 385 miles on it and are getting 27 in the city, not bad for an AWD that take regular. Give this vehicle a chance. Buick has touched upon an important market and we are glad they did.


Favorite Features

All of it! Its finished off like a $40,000 car. Handle well, seating position good and the placement of the Nav screen is excellent. You do not have to look down just over


Suggested Improvements

Make the Bose standard in packages Leather and up.


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Love my 2013 Encore
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By peegggers
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2013 Buick Encore Premium 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I've had my Encore for 2 months now. I've been using it for my daily commute of 70 miles round trip...and am getting an average of 27.2 mpg. Just got back from a 10 day 10 state trip driving through torrential rain (tropical storm Andrea) and the only complaints I have is the Bluetooth wouldn't always connect with my phone and sometimes the GPS wouldn't work. It was a little bit hard to pass other cars in the mountains of Pennsylvania but every other part of the trip the driving was great! We averaged 33 mpg. Plenty of room for 2 people and with the back seats folded down there was plenty of cargo space.


Favorite Features

Interior is rich looking. MPG is so much better than my Jeep Liberty....and much roomier and more comfortable on long rides.


Suggested Improvements

I would like just a little more power but I don't want to sacrifice my MPG....and "regular" gas.


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Great ride, very quiet
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dakkri
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2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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Bought this after driving the other small suv choices. This had the best options and the best ride for the money. This is a small vehicle, but has plenty of front legroom for my wife and I. Those that complain about the lack of power, this is not and not meant to be an enclave. I find adequate power, just push down a little farther on the gas pedal. As an empty-nester this car does what we bought it for, comfort, quiet, room to carry cargo and pets with rear seats folded and good gas mileage.


Favorite Features

Love the dual zone A/C, the seats are comfortable on long trips, very quiet even at highway speeds. Handles rough roads without bouncing all over the place. Good headroom.


Suggested Improvements

I wish the backup camera had a grid that showed distances like my other car does.


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Super stoked about my Encore
29 of 54 people found this review helpful
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By toby65
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2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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After two months of car shopping, I ended up right where I started & that's gotta say something about my new ride! After GM agreed to buy back my 2011 Chevy Equinox because it was a lemon, I suddenly found myself test driving everything from the Toyota prius to the Chevy cruze. In the end I went with the Encore because it's a snappy little SUV with great MPG & even though my Chevy was a lemon, GM did right by me & took care of it with little effort on my behalf.


Favorite Features

I'm addicted to OnStar & the car drives so smooth & cost less then a comparably equipped (leather, navigation, Sunroof & Bose audio) Equinox (which also gets lower MPG).


Suggested Improvements

Would be nice to have power liftgate & proximity key w/push button start.


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Travelin Encore
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By trvler2hm
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2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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I have owned my Encore for 2 weeks now. I love it!! I came out of a 10 year old Suv with no features of the 21st century. I have already experienced a snow day commute and the Encore out performed most vehicles on the road that day. I enjoy the features of the car and I have only had to visit the gas station once a week verses 2 to 3 times a week. It has enough get up and go to get me where I need to be. The car has enough power to get me up a mountain in the high country of Colorado without impeding other vehicles. I am very satisfied with my new Encore.


Favorite Features

The maneuverability of getting the vehicle to turn in tight spaces and how it handles in city traffic and highway traffic. The interior leather design and on board system is a winner! Love that I can sync up my I-phone to my car. No longer do I have to stop to make a call from my phone.


Suggested Improvements

The only thing that I would suggest would be giving a little more flexibility on the seats. Make the seat a full electric seat not just the forward and back motion but the back of the seat electric too. Make the back wiper a little bigger to encompass the window.


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