2020 Buick Encore

What’s new

  • More powerful engine option discontinued
  • Minor tweaks to available options on Sport Touring trim
  • Part of the first Encore generation introduced for 2013

Pros & Cons

  • Hushed cabin at highway speeds
  • Generous standard infotainment features
  • Maneuverable size
  • Tepid acceleration
  • Active safety features only available on top trims
  • Small cargo area
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MSRP Starting at
$23,200

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2020 Buick Encore Review

A subcompact crossover SUV is inherently small, but that doesn't mean it has to be lacking in features or technology. The 2020 Buick Encore is a good example. It's equipped with the same infotainment system found in other Buick vehicles, which means it comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, plus a Wi-Fi hotspot that augments the standard Bluetooth and USB connections. You can even order your Encore with remote engine start and a heated steering wheel.

True to form, though, the Encore doesn't have a whole lot of space for cargo. The back seat also isn't particularly roomy, and average-size adults will begin to feel cozy fairly quickly once the doors are closed. Also, the Encore isn't much fun to drive, partially because its singular engine choice is underpowered. Buick used to offer an optional upgraded engine with more power, but it's no longer available for 2020.

If small size and practical transportation are important, you might want to take a look at the Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade and Mazda CX-3. These other crossovers have advantages in certain areas such as cost, driving dynamics and space. Also, know that an all-new Encore, called the Encore GX, is set to debut for the 2020 model year. But if you're mainly interested in getting a quiet ride and an easy-to-use infotainment system, this Encore is worth a look.

Which Encore does Edmunds recommend?

Opt for the Essence model and bask in all the same luxury comforts and features found in GM products costing twice as much. This version comes with heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and a remote starter perfect for getting the cabin comfy before you depart on hot or freezing days. To up the luxury factor, opt for the Experience package and gain a sunroof, navigation and unique 18-inch alloy wheels.

2020 Buick Encore models

The 2020 Buick Encore is offered in four trim levels: 1SV (or base), Preferred, Sport Touring and Essence. All 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. All but the base trim offer optional all-wheel drive. The base and Preferred trims come relatively well-equipped with features, but more desirable safety and convenience features are only available on more expensive trim levels.

The 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, GM's 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 the Sport Touring and Essence trims. A sunroof is available on all but the base trim.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Buick Encore.

5 star reviews: 40%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 40%
1 star reviews: 20%
Average user rating: 3.0 stars based on 5 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Charming
Susan H,
Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

This SUV is perfect for a family of four! Not much storage space, but the seats lay flat to allow for bigger items. Engine runs smooth for a 4 cylinder and definitely a gas saver! The cost is great if you are on a budget!

5 out of 5 stars, LOVE THIS LITTLE BUICK!11
hernan,
Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

It is upscale experience with a small footprint. Really quiet compared to the Subaru I had. About the same mileage. Seems a little low for its size but the car is well made and feels way more luxury oriented. Great stereo. Easy electronics to understand.

2 out of 5 stars, Just not well thought out
RB123,
Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Finished a multi week rental and think I can sum this up as that song from Bob's Burgers: "Quarter A**ing". Buick seems to have just given up half way through designing this thing. In fact I'm having trouble trying to determine who this thing is designed for. Cargo hold is non existent, I basically had to fold down back seats when hauling luggage, large items, almost anything. Why does only the driver get an arm rest? Why is the center cargo hold so small and far away? Why is there no real storage for small things in the car? Why do the auto headlights wait until after dark to turn on? Why are the intelligent wipers unintelligent and never adjust or turn on? Why does auto climate control constantly fog up the windows? Why is there permanent two zone climate control with no sync? Why do the power seats power the bottom but not the tilt? Why do the vehicle settings not seem to set things like the heated seat when remote starting (but say they do)? Why is there rear vehicle detection but no other features like lane keep assist, pre coalition, etc? Why is that rear wiper so teeny tiny? Why is there navigation but only if I call and talk to an Onstar person? Who wants to talk to Onstar constantly!?! Why is center display features only accessible from the turn signal stick so that you have to take your hand off the wheel and fiddle with something complex that almost prevents your from using the steering wheel while driving? Why is the radio reception so very bad? It wouldn't pick up stations our ten year old car had no problem locking on to. Why is the gas tank so teeny tiny? It's just an odd non functional mix of features. I will say, it is very quiet on well paved roads. It does have nice bright headlights. It is oddly high riding (which can make it teetery at times) but gives you nice visibility. Acceleration isn't to bad if you really push it. I suspect premium might help this. Luckily CarPlay is available for the infotainment and navigation. It does have a nice cutsy rumble tumble look to it.

1 out of 5 stars, WORST vehicle EVER, well most USELESS vehicle
Beth,
Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

Ok, the ford super duty 6.0 was the worst but this is a USELESS vehicle. CANT get a kayak rack to go to the river for a day of fun. CANT get a trailer hitch to pull a trailer for the kayaks. CANT get off road/snow tires to get up the driveway in winter!! Thats a dozen 2 mile walks in deep snow every week all winter carrying 50 pound feed bags up a steep hill, as the SUV gets parked at the street and we have to walk home!!!! Cant get a remote start which is an available option- but the dealer cant add it later- as we were told. This thing may be OK to go a mile to work- in town ONLY- in Texas, but its totally useless for ANYTHING else- anywhere else. No where near the space or use-ability of the RAV4 we traded in. THAT RAV-4 WOULD CARRY EVERYTHING WE WANTED ANYWHERE. (with AT2 tires it would bust through 4 ft deep snow drifts without hesitation). Computer has glitches but the heater, radio, cruise and wipers work well. We are stuck as we only get a vehicle every 18 years. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT, NEVER again Buick.

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Features & Specs

Preferred 4dr SUV features & specs
Preferred 4dr SUV
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$24,600
MPG 25 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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Preferred 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Preferred 4dr SUV AWD
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$26,100
MPG 24 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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Essence 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
Essence 4dr SUV AWD
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$30,800
MPG 24 city / 29 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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Essence 4dr SUV features & specs
Essence 4dr SUV
1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$29,300
MPG 25 city / 30 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower138 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.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover19.8%

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 TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Buick Encore vs. the competition

Buick Encore vs. Chevrolet Trax

GM's tiny twins, the Trax and the Encore share similar bones, so it's no wonder they have identical powertrains and nearly identical dimensions. The Trax is more affordable, but you'll miss out on the Encore's extra features, quiet cabin and nicer ride. But it's hard to fault the Trax if you're just looking for small and basic transportation.

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Buick Encore vs. Buick Enclave

The Enclave is the Encore's bigger, more distinguished family member. It can seat seven, has a quiet and smooth ride, and comes with a powerful V6 engine. In general, it's just a bigger and more capable SUV. We like the Enclave more, but it's also a lot more expensive.

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Buick Encore vs. Honda CR-V

The CR-V is a superior SUV in most regards. It is quicker and considerably roomier than the Encore. You can also get one for about the same price as the Buick and have a similar set of features. The main reasons to pick the Buick would be its more nimble size and its quieter cabin at freeway speeds. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda CR-V.

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FAQ

Is the Buick Encore a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Encore both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Buick Encore fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Encore gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Encore has 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Buick Encore. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Buick Encore?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Buick Encore:

  • More powerful engine option discontinued
  • Minor tweaks to available options on Sport Touring trim
  • Part of the first Encore generation introduced for 2013
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Is the Buick Encore reliable?
To determine whether the Buick Encore is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Encore. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Encore's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Buick Encore a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Buick Encore is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Encore is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Buick Encore?

The least-expensive 2020 Buick Encore is the 2020 Buick Encore 1SV 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $23,200.

Other versions include:

  • Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $24,600
  • Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $26,100
  • Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $30,800
  • Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $29,300
  • Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $25,800
  • Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $27,300
  • 1SV 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $23,200
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What are the different models of Buick Encore?
If you're interested in the Buick Encore, the next question is, which Encore model is right for you? Encore variants include Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of Encore models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Buick Encore Overview

The 2020 Buick Encore is offered in the following submodels: Encore SUV. Available styles include Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 1SV 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2020 Buick Encore?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Buick Encore and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Encore 3.0 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 2020 Encore.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Buick Encore and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Encore featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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 2020 Buick Encore?

2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 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 $28,790. The average price paid for a new 2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,927 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,927 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,863.

The average savings for the 2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 13.6% below the MSRP.

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2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,395. The average price paid for a new 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,036 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,036 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,359.

The average savings for the 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 14.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 27 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 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 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,391 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,391 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,204.

The average savings for the 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 13.3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 55 2020 Buick Encore Preferred 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,280. The average price paid for a new 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,435 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,435 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,845.

The average savings for the 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 11% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 2 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 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 $28,685. The average price paid for a new 2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,387 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,387 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,298.

The average savings for the 2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 11.8% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 2 2020 Buick Encore Sport Touring 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,740. The average price paid for a new 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $3,957 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,957 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,783.

The average savings for the 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 12.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Buick Encore Essence 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Buick Encores are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Buick Encore?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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