The 2018 Buick Encore pricing begins at $23,915 for a front-wheel-drive model in base trim and tops out at $36,570 for the all-wheel-drive Premium level finished in available Winterberry Red Metallic and equipped with the optional Experience Buick Package (moonroof, chrome wheels, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation) and more powerful direct injection 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Given Buick's near-luxury marching orders, all Encores are equipped with the usual power features plus a rear view camera, 4G wifi hotspot, push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver's seat, and cabin active noise cancellation.
We'd skip the base, Preferred, and Sport Touring trims due to limited content; and pass on Essence and Premium models that are priced at or near the Envision's level and instead opt for the Preferred II trim that allows access to the available direct-injection turbo and comes with standard rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-spoke alloy wheels, fog lights, and remote start. The only no-cost color option on this trim is Summit White, so we'd also suggest budgeting anywhere from $395 to $995 for one of the metallic paint shades.
Here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Buick Encore Preferred II
- Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 153 horsepower / 177 lb ft
- Transmission:Six-speed automatic with start-stop
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 28 City / 34 Hwy
- Options: Uprated 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbo ($895), metallic paint ($395)
- Base Price: $27,790 (including a $925 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$29,080