Skip to main content

Used 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring SUV.

5 star(50%)
4 star(33%)
3 star(17%)
2 star(0%)
1 star(0%)
4.3 out of 5 stars
6 reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars
Never Thought I Would Own a Buick
Glen K,01/03/2019
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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.
5 out of 5 stars
The Sport Touring Model Is Sporty
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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.
5 out of 5 stars
Great Buy for Great Price
Kara M.,06/12/2019
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I absolutely love my 2019 Buick. I unexpectedly had to go car shopping the week of christmas in 2018 after my 2006 Lexus Rx400h decided to go to car heaven! i do miss the size of the trunk i had on my Lexus and my heated seats, but i absolutely do not hate the choice i made with buy our new 2019 Buick Encore. Definitely a High Class car with a Budget Friendly Price!
4 out of 5 stars
Surprising good, quiet and efficient
Tucson 2017,03/24/2020
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
We recently purchased a new 2019 Encore Sport. If you are looking for a small SUV, you should consider it. The car is surprising quiet for a small car. The rear space is more than adequate for normal shopping. The Buick Infosystem is easy to use especially if you have had another GM vehicle. The gas milage has been better than advertised in local traffic. If you are tall, I am … 6'4", don't expect anyone to sit in the back seat behind you. The acceleration is not the best but the vehicle gets up to highway speed without much problem. The ride is surprising smooth for a small car. There are a few features I would have liked such as forward collision warning and a built-in remote for the garage door that were not available in the model I purchased. The vehicle has two USB ports that are a bit difficult to access. If you purchase this vehicle, get an extra USB port for your phone and leave it plugged in. The seats are comfortable and easy to adjust. This model did not come with seat or mirrors that automatically adjust depending upon the driver. The rear seats are divided and fold down to provide additional cargo space if you need it. All things considered, I would definitely recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a small, economical SUV

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2019 Buick Encore Sport Touring SUV

What’s new

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

Pros & Cons

  • Hushed cabin at highway speeds
  • Generous standard tech and safety features
  • Maneuverable size
  • Base engine delivers tepid performance
  • Small cargo area

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.

Full Edmunds Review: 2019 Buick Encore SUV

What’s new

The 2019 Buick Encore is little changed from last year. There are now just four trim levels (down from six), with a handful of options redistributed throughout the lineup. Notably, the more powerful four-cylinder engine no longer comes standard on higher trims but is an available option.

Vehicle overview

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 refinement, however, is disappointing. Certain rivals, such as the Mazda CX-3, are 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.

2019 Buick Encore models

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 full test of the Buick Encore Essence (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).


The Encore surprises here with an uprated version of the spunky little 1.4-liter engine, surprisingly sporty steering and a well-sorted six-speed transmission. The brakes and handling mannerisms aren't as quite up to task, but this little Buick performs better than many other subcompact SUVs.


Buick is known for its quiet cabins, and the Encore's doesn't disappoint. The climate control system works great, but Buick should've applied more attention to the seats and suspension tuning.


The Encore offers easy entry and exit, great visibility, and a wide range of seat adjustments to suit all types of drivers. Other subcompacts offer better control organization and more rear legroom, but this little Buick isn't bad.


With the exception of a weird folding rear-seat configuration, the Encore does OK when it comes to cabin storage. The rear cargo space still pales in comparison to many others in the segment, but it isn't the smallest in class.


There's enough tech available in the Encore to get you by but nothing that's going to impress. The Bose sound system is solid, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fill in for many of your infotainment needs. There is a distinct lack of advanced driver aids that come standard on some less expensive competitors.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2019 Buick Encore in Virginia is:

$63.33 per month*