2013 Buick Encore Consumer Review: Engine Issues

2013 Buick Encore - Consumer Review

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Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Engine Issues
By glendive on


2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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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