2019 Buick Encore

2019 Buick Encore
Save up to $2,466
MSRP range
$23,200 - $30,800

What’s new

  • Streamlined trim-level structure
  • More powerful engine is now optional
  • Part of the first Encore generation introduced for 2013

Pros

  • Hushed cabin at highway speeds
  • Generous standard tech and safety features
  • Maneuverable size

Cons

  • Small cargo area
  • Base engine delivers tepid performance


Which Encore does Edmunds recommend

A generous list of standard features makes the Encore base level appealing, but we suggest going to the top with the Essence trim level. It offers heated seats, a heated steering wheel, leather seating, and a few extra safety items. You can also order the more powerful 153-horsepower engine. When you want to get this subcompact moving in a hurry, the increased power is a must.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

The 2019 Buick Encore is a bit more upscale than other subcompact crossovers thanks to its long list of features and the signature silence of Buick interiors. Even a base-level Encore comes nicely equipped with features such as 18-inch wheels, roof rails, a handy fold-flat front passenger seat, Bluetooth, an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, an 8-inch touchscreen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moving up to a fully loaded Encore brings amenities such as remote start, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

And that trademark Buick cabin solitude? It's real. Every Encore receives Buick's QuietTuning treatment, which includes acoustic-laminated windshield and side glass, layers of sound-deadening material under thick carpet, and an assortment of smaller details (hydraulic bushings, quiet tires) to help keep the road and outside world at bay.

The Encore's performance, however, is disappointing. Acceleration is slow with the 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, real-world fuel economy is underwhelming, and the optional 153-hp engine isn't a substantial improvement. Certain rivals, such as the Mazda CX-3, feel just as nice without the Encore's premium price. But for a quiet and refined subcompact SUV that's easy to drive and maneuver in tight spots, the 2019 Buick Encore is well worth a look.

trim levels & features

The 2018 Buick Encore is a compact crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: 1SV (or base), Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence. The base and Preferred trims come relatively well-equipped with features, but more desirable safety and convenience features come only on more expensive trim levels. Top trims can also be equipped with a more powerful engine.

All Encores come standard with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (138 hp, 148 pound-feet), a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. A more powerful version of this engine (153 hp, 177 lb-ft) is optional on Sport Touring and Essence trims. All but the base trim offer optional all-wheel drive.

Base 1SV and Preferred trim levels are equipped similarly. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, roof rails, rear privacy glass, air conditioning, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Technology features include an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, OnStar communications (with 4G LTE and an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot), and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

On the Preferred, you also get floor mats, a cargo cover and eligibility for additional options such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and remote start. Moving up to the Sport Touring trim adds foglights, a rear spoiler, and remote start to the base model's features.

The Essence tops out with LED headlights, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, and the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

An optional package for the Essence includes automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and an advanced cabin filter. A navigation system and premium seven-speaker Bose sound system are options for Sport Touring and Essence trims. A sunroof is optional on all but the base trim.

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 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 many 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.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$27,300
MPG
25 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
MSRP
$23,200
MPG
26 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
MSRP
$25,800
MPG
26 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
MSRP
$29,300
MPG
26 city / 31 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

Buick Encore vs. the competition

2019 Buick Encore

2019 Buick Encore

2019 Mazda CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3

Buick Encore vs. Mazda CX-3

The Encore, while vigorous, is still the older model in this matchup. By comparison, the CX-3 is youthful and full of spirit. Mazda infuses the CX-3 with exceptional steering and handling balance as well as a strong engine that helps it outpace the Encore. The CX-3 also has one of the nicest cabins in its price range.

Compare Buick Encore & Mazda CX-3 features

Buick Encore vs. Honda HR-V

The HR-V is a little more versatile than the Buick. Its rear seat bottoms fold up to create a large floor-to-ceiling load floor that's perfect for transporting bikes or other tall objects. The HR-V is the master of packaging and utility in this segment. The Encore can't match its versatility, but it does beat the HR-V in the quality of its cabin materials.

Compare Buick Encore & Honda HR-V features

Buick Encore vs. Chevrolet Trax

Mechanically, the Trax and Encore are nearly the same. They share similar dimensions, power specs and ratings because they are, after all, from the same parent company. Think of the Trax as the no-frills version of the Encore. While the Trax offers a generous list of standard features like the Encore, the Trax interior is strictly utilitarian. It gets the job done, but it won't impress you with the quality of its materials. This also makes it cheaper than the Encore by a few thousand dollars, so it's a smart choice if you just need basic subcompact SUV utility.

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2019 Buick Encore for Sale

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More about the 2019 Buick Encore

Small though it may be compared to Buicks of the past, the 2019 Buick Encore embodies many of the virtues that have sustained the brand over recent decades. It's quiet on the highway, easy to drive, and fitted with an array of appealing features for a reasonable price.

About a foot shorter than the typical small crossover, the subcompact Encore is definitely one size down from the usual suspects. Of course, that's a boon when it comes to maneuvering through crowded city streets and snagging tight parking spaces. On the other hand, the Encore's back seat is noticeably tighter than the norm for similarly priced crossovers, and its maximum cargo capacity measures just 48 cubic feet.

All 2019 Encores come with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. The standard version produces 138 horsepower, but there's also a more powerful version (good for 153 hp) that is optional on the Encore's two upper trims. All Encores have a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. Expect fuel economy to be around 30 mpg, or slightly less if you pick all-wheel drive.

Buick offers four trim levels: 1SV, Preferred, Sport Touring, and Essence. Base 1SV and Preferred trim levels are relatively well-equipped with items such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview camera and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. There are some desirable features to be had on the more expensive trim levels, including blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel. A navigation system and a sunroof are the two major options offered for the Encore.

Small crossovers are becoming more popular with consumers searching for a vehicle that's affordable and easy to drive but also more stylish and versatile than the typical sedan. The Encore was one of the first to hit the market, debuting back in 2013. A few upgrades have occurred over the years, but for the most part it's the same vehicle. Whether you're a first-timer or a confirmed small-crossover convert, let Edmunds help you find just the right 2019 Buick Encore for you.

2019 Buick Encore Overview

The 2019 Buick Encore is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 1SV 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2019 Buick Encore?

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Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Buick Encore?
2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2019 Buick Encore 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 $31,310. The average price paid for a new 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $770 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $770 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,540.

The average savings for the 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is2.5% below the MSRP.

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2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,685. The average price paid for a new 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $2,466 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,466 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,219.

The average savings for the 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is8.9% below the MSRP.

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2019 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2019 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,595. The average price paid for a new 2019 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $1,713 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,713 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,882.

The average savings for the 2019 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is6.7% below the MSRP.

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