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2015 Buick Encore

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2015 Base Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,065
2015 Base All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,565
2015 Convenience Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,155
2015 Convenience All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,655
2015 Leather Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,950
2015 Premium Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,435
2015 Leather All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $29,450
2015 Premium All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,935


The idea of a subcompact crossover seems like an imported one, but it's Buick of all brands that has put it into practice. The Encore has the footprint of an economy car, and yet offers everything the public likes about crossovers, albeit on a smaller scale. Because it's a Buick, you have access to a plethora of luxury and convenience features usually associated with larger, more expensive vehicles.

What's New For 2015

The standard Onstar system now comes with a built-in WiFi hotspot.

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Choosing Your Buick Encore

The Encore's interior is more spacious than you might expect given its petite exterior dimensions. There's 18.8 cubic- feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which is more than you get in Buick's largest sedan. With the seat folded, you're looking at 48.4 cubic-feet, which is similar to a compact wagon. The front passenger seat folds down as well, a nifty feature that allows you carry long objects (up to 8 feet) and still close the tailgate.

The Encore's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 138 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available across the board in place of the standard front-drive setup. You can expect to get about 28 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Like other Buicks, the Encore is generously equipped from the start, and becomes downright luxurious as you move up the trim levels:

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Comes standard with a power driver seat, Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera, integrated smartphone apps, 18-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Infotainment and communications can be easily managed using Buick's IntelliLink 7-inch touchscreen interface.

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Spruces up the interior with leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory, a power passenger seat and a heated steering wheel.

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Tops off the Encore with a premium Bose seven-speaker sound system, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, and a rear cargo net and mat. (The Bose system and cargo upgrades are available as single options on the Convenience and Leather models.)

You can still add more to the Encore, including individual options such as chrome wheels, a sunroof, navigation and roof rails.

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Believe it or not, there's only about a $4,800 difference between the bottom and top of the Encore line. Needless to say, the price increases between trim levels are small considering everything you get. We find the Convenience trim to be an especially good deal.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 138 HP / 148 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 33 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 138 HP / 148 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 33 / 29 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
48.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
168.4 "
Exterior Width
69.9 "
Exterior Height
65.3 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
38.8 "
Front Legroom
40.8 "
Rear Legroom
35.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
52.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,237 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
18.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
8-way (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Intellilink Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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