Buick has manufactured and refined its SUV offerings for more than a decade now, but the American carmaker's lineup didn't feature a compact crossover until the Encore's 2013 debut.
Joining an ever-expanding list of competitors like the Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan and BMW X1, the Encore measures in at only 168 inches. That's nearly three feet shorter than the Buick Enclave. Cargo space—18.8 cubic feet with seats in place and 48.4 cubic feet with seats down—is about average for its class.
All Encores use a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy varies between front-wheel and all-wheel drive models, and ranges from 25 mpg city to 33 mpg highway.