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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Buick Encore

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Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 24 City / 32 Highway
Pros
  • Serene at highway speeds
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Lots of cargo space for subcompact class
  • Well-priced against the competition
Cons
  • Underpowered engine
, Automotive Editor -
The Buick Encore's main attractions are premium features and good value.

Introduction

As General Motors continues to reinvent itself, Buick has taken center stage as the brand requiring the most work. The Encore, a compact crossover packed with upmarket features, is designed to shake Buick's more mature image.

The 2013 Buick Encore comes in four easy-to-distinguish trim levels: Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium. The Base includes a six-speaker audio system, 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels and acoustic-laminated glass. A Convenience group adds fog lights, a 120-volt power outlet and automatic climate control. The Leather model, meanwhile, will impress buyers with heated leather seats and a system that remembers an individual driver's settings for seats, mirrors and climate control. The Premium chases higher-end brands with a Bose stereo, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing wipers.

Standard on all four trim levels is a 1.4-liter Ecotec engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is matched to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, which delivers power to the front wheels as standard. A front-wheel-drive Encore gets 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway; with all-wheel-drive, mileage drops to a still-respectable 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Buick Encore
Starting price
$18,369

2013 Buick Encore Base

Recommended for: Buyers who want a premium compact crossover without spending too much

The Encore is a relatively well-equipped compact crossover SUV, so even its Base trim comes with an array of premium features including: 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels; a rearview camera; heated power side-view mirrors; a six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM capabilities and a 7-inch color display; Bluetooth connectivity for phone operation and audio streaming; power door locks and windows; and cloth seating.

2013 Buick Encore
Starting price
$18,369

2013 Buick Encore Convenience

Recommended for: Buyers who live in extreme climate conditions

The Convenience trim level adds: fog lights; dual-zone automatic climate control; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; and a remote vehicle starter for easy warming or cooling of the cabin.

2013 Buick Encore
Starting price
$18,369

2013 Buick Encore Leather

Recommended for: Buyers who prefer the luxurious look and feel of leather seating

The Leather trim level adds: leather upholstery; heated six-way power front seats; a heated steering wheel; and memory systems for the climate control and side-view mirrors.

2013 Buick Encore
Starting price
$18,369

2013 Buick Encore Premium

Recommended for: Buyers who desire premium audio and safety features

The Encore's top trim level, Premium includes: rain-sensing wipers; a Bose seven-speaker sound system; forward collision alert; and front and rear park assist.

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