2018 Buick Encore SUV

2018 Buick Encore
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2018 Buick Encore
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Pros

  • Quiet interior on the highway
  • Long list of tech and safety features
  • Small engines deliver solid fuel economy

Cons

  • Tepid performance from base engine
  • Small cargo area can't swallow much luggage


Which Encore does Edmunds recommend?

The Encore's base trim level is appealing with all of its standard equipment, but we recommend upgrading to the Essence trim level. It offers heated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather seating, a few extra safety items and the more powerful 153-horsepower engine. The standard 1.4-liter engine is down on power. If you want to get this subcompact moving in a hurry, the increase in power is a must

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Like other subcompact crossover SUVs, the 2018 Buick Encore's core appeal is its maneuverability and fuel efficiency. But the Encore is also a bit more upscale than the norm. It has more standard and optional features, and its interior is quieter at highway speeds.

The Encore's performance, however, is still a little disappointing. The Encore is related to the Chevrolet Trax, and both have a base 138-horsepower turbocharged engine. Acceleration is slow, and real-world fuel economy is underwhelming. Buick offers a more powerful 153-hp engine upgrade, but it's not a huge difference. Additionally, you'll typically pay more to get an Encore compared similarly sized rivals.

From our standpoint, the Encore's appeal largely depends on what you're looking for. If you like its size and mix of premium features, it's more than likely an ideal pick. But you should also look at the Mazda CX-3, which is just as nice and less expensive to boot. Additionally, the Encore's price is pretty close to what you'll pay for a roomier crossover, such as the Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V.

Overall, we recommend a few test drives of competitors, but if you're looking for a nimble, relatively upscale subcompact crossover SUV, the 2018 Buick Encore certainly has some curb appeal.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Buick Encore is a compact crossover SUV offered in six trim levels: 1SV, Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred II, Essence and Premium. Less expensive Encores come standard with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (138 hp, 148 lb-ft), a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. From the Sport Touring trim level on up, there's a more powerful 1.4-liter engine (153 hp, 177 lb-ft) available. Every trim aside from the base 1SV is also available with all-wheel drive as an option.

For the most part, the base 1SV and Preferred trim levels are equipped similarly. On both, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, roof rails, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cruise control, a power driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Technology features include OnStar communications (with 4G LTE and an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot), a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and two USB ports. Also included is Buick's IntelliLink electronics interface, which features an 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone app integration.

On the Preferred, you also get floor mats and a cargo cover.

Stepping up to the Sport Touring model means the addition of foglights, a rear spoiler and remote start to the base model's features. Options include a seven-speaker Bose sound system and a blind-spot monitoring system.

The Preferred II adds dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, and the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

Moving up to Essence adds LED headlights, leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat (with manual recline and power lumbar), heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and driver-seat memory settings.

Finally, the top-of-the-line Premium trim adds front and rear parking sensors, a forward collision warning system, a lane departure warning system, automatic wipers and the seven-speaker Bose sound system.

The Preferred II, Essence and Premium are available with the Experience Buick package, which adds 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, a sunroof and a navigation system. The latter two items are available separately on all but the base model.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our cumulative experience with the current generation Buick Encore (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

Driving

The Buick Encore does well as a city commuter car. It's nimble in traffic and gets away from a stoplight quickly. But passing power is lacking for stress-free highway acceleration and passing. Handling is far from sporty.

Comfort

The Encore is relatively comfortable. It's quiet on the highway, which is one of its best features, and the ride quality is relaxed without being wallowy.

Interior

Though it's small, the Encore has plenty of space for front passengers. Adults will fit in the rear without too much trouble. Build and materials quality are on par with that of other vehicles in the class, but the Encore's cabin does look dated because of its numerous dashboard buttons.

Utility

Behind the rear seats, the Encore has 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space available. With the rear seats folded, that number goes up to 48.3 cubes. That's more than enough for a moderate load of groceries, but most compact crossovers do better.

Technology

The infotainment system is easy to learn, and combined with OnStar, provides a robust set of features. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, as is Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. Only the Premium trim gets a full suite of active safety features, but some are available on the lower trim levels.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Buick Encore.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Best car that I have owned.
Mary Morris,02/19/2018
This is a great "small SUV" with the feel of luxury like no other vehicle in its class. Blind spot monitor, lane change warnings, front crash warnings; back up camera with warnings. Perfect for us older citizens as we age. Great technology with navigation, bluetooth and more. Add Onstar support and Sirius/XM entertainment. Both driver and passenger front seats are heated with power adjustments. You can set and save seat adjustments for both driver 1 and 2 and then sync each of those to the respective key faub. Driver seat has "easy exit" feature letting you get in and out without effort. Panoramic windshield combined with seat adjustment gives me a great view of the road. Also the overall length is much shorter than a Honda CRV or Toyota RAV 4; easier handling and parking. Keyless start lets you leave keys in your purse. Remote start is great on those cold winter days. Another tech gadget has 3 buttons programmable to different garage door openers - yours, his and another important person. The longer wheelbase provides a very comfortable ride with very little road noise. Since I have owned this vehicle a very short time, it has not been possible to see if the gas mileage measures up to the EPA rating of 26 City and 31 highway. Although no one likes to drive in snow, I am actually looking forward to see how this AWD version handles the snow. All my other cars have been front wheel drive only so we will see.
I never thought I'd own a Buick but....
chas_lee,03/12/2018
I just got this car with about 23 miles on it. Over the weekend i put about 200 miles on it and only used about half a tank doing so! This is the most fuel efficient vehicle I have ever owned! The ride is smooth and road noise is almost not there. It has a good sound system and amazing handling. I know I just got this car, but I have never liked a car so much. I would definitely recommend this to someone!
Great Little Ride
Juanita floor,05/20/2018
I reviewed many cars in the sub-compact category, Subaru, Ford, Mazda, Honda, Jeep, but I kept coming back to the Buick Encore. For me it was the little bit extra, the extra luxury. I'm coming from owning a Cadillac CTS and I wanted more luxury in my SUV than the competitors had. Plus the safety rating and mpg really made the Encore a winner in my book!
Wasn’t expecting this in a Buick!!!
Jim Wilson.,03/11/2018
Great little SUV with lots of room and packed with extras. Good gas mileage and super quiet. Easy in and exit with memory seats. Nicer car than our previous Infinity QX60 and at 40% of the cost, not to mention much smoother ride, quieter and better gas mileage.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$24,365
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
MSRP
$25,865
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
MSRP
$26,865
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
MSRP
$25,565
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Encore safety features:

OnStar
Provides emergency services such as roadside assistance, automatic crash notification and remote door unlocking.
Blind-Spot Warning System
Warns you if there's another vehicle in your blind spot. Standard on the Sport Touring trim level and above.
Forward Collision Warning
Alerts the driver if a front collision is imminent. Standard on the Encore's top-level Premium trim.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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This 2018 Buick Encore Preferred II is offered to you for sale by King. Want more room? Want more style? This Buick Encore is the vehicle for you. Why spend more money than you have to? This Buick Encore will help you keep the extra money you'd normally spend on gas. This vehicle has an added performance bonus: AWD. It improves handling on those winding back roads, and gives you added safety and control when driving through wet and snow weather conditions. Enjoy the drive without worrying about directions thanks to the built-in navigation system.
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What do people think of the 2018 Buick Encore SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Buick Encore SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Encore SUV 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Encore SUV.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Premium 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Premium 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,490. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Premium 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,194 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred II 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,305. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred II 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,395 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,360. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,498 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred II 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred II 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred II 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,722 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,375. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,182 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,350. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,653 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,250. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,241 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,255. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $723 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Buick Encore SUV Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Buick Encore SUV Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,105. The average price paid for a new 2018 Buick Encore SUV Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $6,028 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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