Quiet ride with luxurious comfort and reasonable gas consumption
By angra on
2013 Buick Encore Premium 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Based on first impressions, the new Encore offers a nice comfortable super-quiet ride.
It is is easy to maneuver in traffic and it has a lot of good features.
During the test drive, I could get it to merge on the highway without any problems--of course, I did not expect it to glide (say the way an Infinity does). I bought it because of its fuel economy, but it is still fun to drive. It took no time to connect my blue-tooth phone and have music come out beautifully from the Bose speakers. Don't let all the knobs discourage you--the system is actually easy to use! Having moved from an Acura TSX, I like the slightly higher ride while still having a compact size.
The navigations system and the interface with the phone are great and easy to use.
The seats are very comfortable.
Love that I can flatten the back seats and expand cargo capacity.
Love that it takes regular gas...that alone will save a considerable amount of money!
The Bose noise-cancelling system is fabulous. Really a much quieter ride.
A better central console with more storage space would have been welcome.
The left side storage compartment may fit an i-phone but not one of the larger smart phones (I have a Nexus 4).
Wish it had intellinx for opening garage door remotely.
It would have been great if the knobs on the center console had a central push button...but once you figure out the system, it because fairly intuitive. It is not touch screen, which is counter intuitive...but also ok if you ever have to drive with gloves on!
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.