Used 2019 Buick Encore SUV Consumer Reviews

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Never Thought I Would Own a Buick

Glen K, 01/03/2019
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
216 of 220 people found this review helpful

I am extremely impressed with the 2019 Buick Encore. This vehicle became a standout after I finished my research of the vehicles in this class. The Encore is very nimble and handles well in most driving situations. I previously owned a Jeep Renegade and a Kia Soul, but neither of these two vehicles had the smooth ride and luxury feel of the interior that the Buick Encore possesses. I read the “CON” of the vehicle was lack of power of the standard engine. I found the engine to have more than ample power both in the city and on the highway. I never thought that I would own a Buick, but I am truly glad that I made the choice to purchase the Encore. The infotainment system is very user friendly. There were so many other SUV’s in this class that did not have the technology that this vehicle possesses. This Buick Encore is quiet and smooth and it feels much more like a luxury SUV. It is definitely worth the slightly higher price. I highly recommend this Encore to anyone seeking a quality subcompact SUV.

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Went back to GM and Buick!

Baby Buick in PA, 05/28/2019
Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
88 of 89 people found this review helpful

After owning a Ford for several years (traded a 2000 Buick Regal on that), I decided to give the Encore a look when it was time to trade. Small, fuel-efficient SUVs were on my shopping list - and it came down to the Encore and the Honda HR-V after reading reviews online. I would have also considered the Hyundai Kona had it not been for our local Hyundai dealer's bad rep. Comparing the Encore to the HR-V at our local auto show, I remember thinking, "the Encore is a lot nicer inside." It also had more equipment that I wanted, like a power driver's seat. To get that feature on the HR-V, you had to spend substantially more $ on the top-line Touring model, which also included other things that I didn't want like leather seats. A $5K rebate on the Encore was also hard to walk away from, and no compelling financial incentives on the Honda. Comparing the two, the interior headroom also seemed a lot better in the Encore. I was also leery of the long-term durability of the CVT trans in the HR-V - the Encore has a proper 6-speed automatic which seems to work very well. I bought the Encore Sport Touring AWD model with the base engine - I find the power to be more than adequate, but I won't win any drag races with it. AWD is a plus for our snowy winters. Ride quality and quietness are very good for a vehicle of diminutive size. Fuel economy seems pretty good so far, about 28-29 with 75-80% being highway miles each week. Compared to the trunk space in my former mid-sized Ford, the cargo space is decent for a vehicle with a small footprint. A fault of this vehicle is the missing center armrest for the front passenger - why? My recommendation to anyone considering one of these is to read the reviews from people who actually bought one, and pay less attention to the so-called professional reviewers who have only driven one for a few hours, a few days or a week at most. And to all the "Buick bigots" out there who dwell upon the stereotype of Buicks being an old peoples' vehicle - you're missing out on a capable, premium-featured vehicle that offers a lot of features and value for the money. As for me, I'm very satisfied so far at over 3K miles. I would definitely make this purchase again.

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LOVE MY ENCORE!!!

Buickman, 07/11/2019
Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful

Just bought the 2019 Preferred Model Encore AWD and I absolutely love it!!. I was worried that my wife and I (larger than average people) would be crowded in the Encore but we were surprised by the amount of room in it. Even if we have people in the back seats there is more than ample room for us to not feel squashed. I love the quality of the Buick brand and it is a very nice, quiet, fuel efficient ride. We also test drove a Chevy Trax and while it was nice, there is no comparison to the Encore, much higher quality. While it is a very "techy" vehicle everything is easy to understand and operate. I have only owned it for 3 days but I think I can honestly say it is the nicest vehicle I have ever owned. I bought it outright as I plan to keep it until it dies!! LOL I cannot say how effective the AWD is yet but from what I have heard I will be thankful I spent a little extra $ to get it come winter in Michigan. The 1.4L Turbo power plant is just fine for me and I love the gas mileage! Transmission shifts very smoothly and it handles like a champ!! Great job Buick!!

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Wow! GREAT SUV!

New to SUVs, 01/13/2019
Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
104 of 109 people found this review helpful

My previous car was a 2008 Chevy Impala. While I do miss the larger engine and trunk size of my prior vehicle, this little SUV is great! I am considered obese and find this SUV to be comfortable. I wish the seats were a couple of inches wider, but the power adjustability of the driver's seat makes it comfortable; more than enough leg room and head room. Leg room in the back seat was surprisingly good. I LOVE the maneuverability of this vehicle while driving. I've never had such a vehicle that turns on a dime. The highway ride is phenomenal; totally smooth and quiet. This is the quietest vehicle I've owned while driving down the highway. The trim model I selected (Preferred) doesn't have superior stereo quality (Bose) and I wish it did. Otherwise I didn't find the Essence trim level to be worth the upgrades (price). The backup camera works great and is the first one I've ever owned and takes a little getting used to. Since the vehicle is new I can't speak to maintenance or reliability thus far. Bluetooth and Apple Music works great. Haven't tried the Android music link. The fan on highest setting for climate control is a bit noisy and makes the stereo difficult to hear. The USB /Accessory port is difficult to access and I have to stand on my head to access. My biggest complaint is the armrest / console area; I would like the armrest to be longer and a bit wider. The cup holders are RIDICULOUSLY SMALL. I can barely fit a standard water bottle in the cup holder. The lack of an armrest for the passenger is irritating on long trips. The drawer under the passenger seat was a nice addition.

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The Sport Touring Model Is Sporty

Bob, 02/03/2019
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
63 of 66 people found this review helpful

Leased a 2019 Encore Sport Touring FWD. The suv had most of the features important to my wife and me - power driver's seat , navigation, 18" wheels, (we live in a potential flood zone), good safety rating, one button start and reasonable price. The turbo engine has lots of pep, and the cabin noise level is very quiet, as advertised. We downsized from a Nissan Rouge, so the cargo area is greatly reduced. The visibility is excellent, as is the rear view camera an warning system. Gas mileage has been 27 mpg in town and 30 on the highway. The quality of the interior is excellent; better than the Nissan. If I have a complaint, it is only that the Encore did not come with more advanced safety features like collision avoidance. So far the suv has not had any problems requiring a visit to the dealer. No squeaks or evidence of poor workmanship at the factory. FYI, the Encore is made in Korea. Overall, we are very pleased with the Encore.

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