Car is beautiful, well appointed, easy to drive. The technology is a bit hard to get used to. (too many buttons and gadgets to learn) Navigation system not user friendly. No touch screen. The 2013 Premium does not come with blind spot monitoring as seen on many sites. It has a small mirror located on the mirror that is the blind spot monitoring. Lane detection works very well.
2013 Buick Encore Leather 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
We purchased a 2013 Buick Encore Leather FWD in June 2013 and have 17,000 (now 21,500 miles) miles on it. It provides excellent gas mileage, comfort for long trips and versatile utilizing the fold down seats to haul all types of items. I highly recommend the Encore for empty nesters or someone who has no more than 2 children. I have found the Encore to perform well in all situations we have encountered. It handles the mountains of West Virginia, the heat and humidity of Florida and the narrow winding roads of Pennsylvania. The high ground clearance makes it especially good for driving in snow. (The only non-standard repair was a leak in a coolant hose at the turbo which was covered by warranty and was completed in a day.) I would, and did buy Encore again. (2015 Convenience AWD)
2013 Buick Encore Convenience 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
After 27,000 miles was loving this car then bam a maintenance nightmare.
3 recalls (seat belt issues & parking brake cable) a oil pan leak & a vibration/buzz that turned into an exhaust system failure that required an all new system. While they were fixing these problems they found a coolant leak & are now replacing the water pump.
Disappointing as I was crazy about this ride...I'm asking for an extended warranty as this is looking like a lemon?
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.
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.
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.
2013 Buick Encore Premium 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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