The notion of a subcompact crossover from Buick of all brands seemed radical once upon a time, but the Encore is now a mainstream player with plenty of fans. After all, you get the footprint of an economy car and access to a plethora of luxury and convenience features usually associated with larger, more expensive vehicles.
What's New for 2016
The Sport Touring model debuts, offering extra power and style.
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. An optional version of the engine is good for 153 horsepower. 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:
All except the base model are eligible for a sunroof, navigation, and roof rails. The Convenience, Leather, and Premium can also get chrome wheels.
Moving up each trim level costs about $1,000, a small amount considering everything you get. We find the Convenience and new Sport Touring to be especially good deals.