3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Buick Encore


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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.

Buick Encore Generations

2013 - 2014 Buick Encore

3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Buick Encore

Major changes included:

The Encore is completely refreshed for 2013, offering drivers a stylish, affordable crossover in a smaller size than many competitors.

A variety of standard features are included, as are a number of upgrade packages. The cabin is well appointed, and the back seat folds flat for extra space.

Driving the Encore is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The small engine means a little less power, but better fuel economy.

See Year: 2013 - 2014

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