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2020 Buick Encore GX

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2020 Preferred Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,100
2020 Select Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,700
2020 Preferred All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,100
2020 Select All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,700
2020 Essence Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,500
2020 Essence All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $30,500
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3 (Good)

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What's New

The 2020 Buick Encore GX is an all-new vehicle. It takes up a slot in Buick's lineup between the regular Encore and the larger Envision.

Despite the similar name, the Encore GX is a completely different and separate model than the standard Encore. The Encore GX is slightly larger in terms of dimensions, so think of it as a subcompact-plus crossover.

In addition to offering more space, the Encore GX is available with a more updated design, more powerful engines, gets better fuel economy, and has more standard safety features.

Choosing Your Encore GX

The Encore GX is available in three trims: Preferred, Select, and Essence. Pricing starts at $25,095 including destination for the base Preferred trim and only rises to $29,495 for the Essence.

Engine Choices

The Buick Encore GX comes standard with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. All three trims can be equipped with a more powerful 1.3-liter turbo three-cylinder for $395, although this option is only available on the Preferred if all-wheel drive is selected first.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.2L Turbo 3-Cylinder137 hp162 lb-ft28 mpg
1.3L Turbo 3-Cylinder155 hp174 lb-ft31 mpg

All models come standard with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is available on models with the 1.3-liter engine, which also replaces the CVT with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Encore GX has seating for five passengers. It offers 23.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which increases to 50.2 cubic feet with it folded down.

Buick Encore GX

Safety Features

As an all-new model, the Encore GX features Buick’s latest safety aids. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, and automatic headlights come standard on all models.

The Select and Essence also add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert. On the Preferred, the available Safety Package ($345) adds those three features plus rear parking sensors.

Adaptive cruise control is reserved for the Select and Essence. It's bundled in the Advanced Technology Package ($1,935), which also includes rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, a few other features.


The Encore GX features an 8-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth. A six-speaker audio system, wi-fi hot spot capability, and two front and two rear USB ports are also included. You’ll need to move up to Select trim to benefit from a SiriusXM radio.

Navigation is available on the Select and Essence, but it's bundled away in two separate packages. The Experience Buick Package ($1,995) includes it alongside a moonroof, unique 18-inch wheels, and an HD rearview camera.

The aforementioned Advanced Technology Package ($1,935) adds a head-up display, surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and the navigation system.

Buick Encore GX

Preferred - From $25,095

Riding on 18-inch aluminum wheels, Preferred models receive heated and power outside mirrors and LED daytime running lights and fog lights. Single-zone climate control regulates the cabin, which is accessible with keyless open and start. There's leatherette seat trim, while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather.

A power liftgate is a $520 standalone option, as is a $1,250 power moonroof. The $950 Cold Weather Comfort Package bundles remote start, heated front seats, satellite radio, and a 10-way power driver seat.

Select - From $26,695

There are some notable upgrades on Select models, including dual-zone climate, heated front seats, and a 10-way power driver seat. Remote start, blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and roof rails also come as standard.

The newly-available Sport Touring Package ($650) adds some flair in the form of unique bumpers with red accents, a custom grille with red accents, body-color side and rocker moldings, special badging, and unique 18-inch wheels.

Essence - From $29,495

Essence models are distinguished by chrome accents and LED headlights and taillights.

In the cabin, the significant price hike from Select is partly justified by leather seating, an eight-way power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an air ionizer. There are also memory settings for the side mirrors and driver's seat.

For $770, the Convenience Package combines rain-sensing windshield wipers, a washer for the rearview camera, wireless device charging, front and rear parking sensors, and an automated parking system. A Bose audio system is a $595 option, but only when the Experience Buick Package is also chosen.

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The Preferred trim is rather basic and Essence models are nudging $30,000, making the Select our pick of the 2020 Buick Encore GX range. The Advanced Technology Package adds welcome safety and convenience features which more than justify its $1,935 cost.

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Expert Review

  • Nice size
  • Attractive base price
  • Better tech, engines than regular Encore
  • Low on power
  • Not luxurious enough
  • More expensive than mainstream rivals
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Sibling rivalry. When Buick announced the launch of the 2020 Buick Encore GX, it sounded like a sub-trim of the existing Encore crossover. Somewhat confusingly, it’s not.

Instead, the Encore GX is an all-new model for 2020. It slots above the Encore and below the Envision in Buick’s lineup. It’s unclear how long the existing Encore will be sold, but for now, the two will be sold simultaneously.

Size advantage. The biggest difference between the Encore GX and the standard Encore is the size. Both vehicles are technically subcompact crossovers, but the Encore GX gains 3 inches of length and 1 inch of height over the smaller car. This translates to an extra 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up. Rear passengers get a little extra legroom and head room, too, although the difference isn’t as large.

Both use the same 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, but the Encore GX has rearranged the climate controls and moved the central vents above the screen. Neither design is offensive, but to our eyes, the Encore GX has a more cohesive interior.

Buick Encore GX

Power options. The Encore GX gets two new engines to complement the new body. Both use a turbocharger and only three cylinders: one displacing 1.2 liters, the other 1.3.

The base 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine produces 137 horsepower, nearly matching the standard Encore’s 138 hp. We haven’t driven using this powertrain, but our guess is that it'll be a leisurely performer with the Encore GX’s increased weight. The upgraded 1.3-liter engine, with its 155 hp, will likely suit the vehicle better.

The new engines may be another attempt by the automaker to differentiate the Encore GX from the standard Encore, and it’s another notch in the Encore GX’s favor. All the same, the Encore GX remains down on power compared to rivals like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V.

Even with the extra power and weight, the Encore GX is impressively efficient. In front-wheel-drive configurations, the 1.3-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon combined. That’s excellent for a crossover, and all-wheel-drive models still achieve 28 mpg combined.

Perplexing pricing. In base models with FWD, the Encore GX starts about $900 above the regular Encore. As soon as options are added, however, the difference evaporates. With all-wheel drive, even a base Encore is the same price as the base Encore GX.

This makes the Encore GX a bit of a no-brainer over the older model, especially since it comes with standard safety features like automatic emergency braking. Though the two cars use the same infotainment software, every Encore GX gets smartphone compatibility as well.

Buick’s usual strategy is to price vehicles as a bridge between mainstream and luxury. The Encore GX follows the trend, positioned above mainstream runabouts like the Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V, but below luxury competitors like the BMW X2 or Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The Encore GX’s closest competitor maybe the Ford Escape, a similarly priced domestic crossover. The Escape has the edge on size and power.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Buick Encore GX isn’t an immediate home run, but there’s reason to be optimistic. This is a crossover that's better calibrated than the standard Encore, which was already a strong seller for Buick.

If you’re shopping between the two, the Encore GX is almost certainly the better buy. The powertrains look anemic on paper, but if the Encore GX can offer a refined experience at the current price, Buick may have a winner on their hands.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 137 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 30 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 137 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 30 / 28 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
171.4 "
Exterior Width
71.4 "
Exterior Height
64.1 "
Front Headroom
39.7 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
36.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Two-tone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Passenger
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored With Colored Insert / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents / Colored
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, 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
Express Open/close
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
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
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
Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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